Chariho School Parents’ Forum

May 29, 2008

More insight from the inside

Filed under: Corruption — Editor @ 1:18 pm

Regular readers of this blog know “Tinkerbell” is a Chariho employee who has previously given us interesting insight on what goes on at the school.  He commented today but it is on an old post and I didn’t want it to get lost in the shuffle – so here it is. 

What you don’t realize is that Ricci is the main source of all of these problems!! If you don’t have a leader in a superintendent’s position, then the whole district suffers, no matter how many times Ricci tries to make points by saying things that make you think he has your children’s best interest at heart. Ricci and RYSE are draining your budget dry. Does he really think building a building for RYSE is going to help the students and (ha) the administration in there? Read the Richmond Police log from last summer. You will see who Ricci puts in charge of the students! That principal got a ride to school everyday for the first few months; and now Officer Vaughan is gone. Hm. Makes you wonder.

Take the comments as you will, but it is nice to know there are employees who try to look out for whats best for the school.  Unfortunately, there are far too few Tinkerbells in the world.

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37 Comments »

  1. All I hear are accusations, nothing bullet proof. Ho hum, more of the same out of Hopkinton. It’s getting very boring to hear the same old, same old without anyone actually or even remotely close to trying to make any changes. Maybe Charlestown Parent was right, blah, blah, blah, that’s all it ever is. Nothing new, no changes, just complain, complain, complain.

    Comment by CharihoParent — May 29, 2008 @ 2:12 pm | Reply

  2. As long as there are no changes then complaints will continue. Certainly looks like Hopkinton families have had enough. Until we get the other towns’ families to join us in calling for change all we have is our town veto. Won’t happen overnight but if we stop complaining we guarantee the status quo never goes away. Not good for our kids or the community.

    I’d like to see a few more Tinkerbells speak out.

    Comment by Real Question — May 29, 2008 @ 4:21 pm | Reply

  3. Hi!
    As no surprise to many I plan to run for office in Hopkinton this Fall, likely Town Council but possibly School Committee, I am leaning toward Town Council.
    The bigger question is this: Does the Chariho School District have an Ombudsman position people can take complaints to and investigate their concerns? That may be an item I may use in a school committee campaign. Further does an employees and parents/students allowed information conspicously posted in various school buildings sources to take complaints confidentially?
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — May 29, 2008 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

  4. Scott,
    Why would people elect someone who was on the Town Council during to massive tax increases? What are you trying to do, bankrupt Hopkinton or Chariho?

    Comment by CharihoParent — May 29, 2008 @ 6:26 pm | Reply

  5. oops… two massive tax increases.

    Comment by CharihoParent — May 29, 2008 @ 6:27 pm | Reply

  6. SBH-
    Run for school committee…..youre not getting on the council.

    Comment by what? — May 29, 2008 @ 6:45 pm | Reply

  7. Chariho-
    Do you know for a fact that tinkerbell is from Hopkinton? If NOT, shut it with the blanket accusations.

    Comment by what? — May 29, 2008 @ 6:46 pm | Reply

  8. I’m worried about massive spending. Tax increases can happen when the state gives us less of our money back or when Chariho spends irresponsibly (always). This isn’t the TCs fault.

    I probably wouldn’t vote for Scott for TC unless it is between him and Kenney but he has a good shot at my vote for SC. He may not always get it right but at least seems to try. I think a few of the current SC members were there when the SC and administration lied to us all about spending when Scott tried to cut a couple of mil. What SC position is available? Pruehs? If so, Scott would be a lot better than that do nothing.

    Comment by Real Question — May 29, 2008 @ 6:46 pm | Reply

  9. prehus spot is up

    Comment by what? — May 29, 2008 @ 7:57 pm | Reply

  10. what? Why can’t I make blanket accusations but people like SBH, RQ, TorC or BF can? Take about double standards!

    Comment by CharihoParent — May 30, 2008 @ 8:16 am | Reply

  11. RQ, pay attention for Christ’s sake! The doule digit tax increases WERE The Hopkinton TC’s fault! They raided the fund balance account so much they had nothing else to do BUT increase your taxes so much! That’s what SBH will try to do with Chariho as well, anyone who votes for him will have to have a couple of screws loose. History WILL repeat itself but this time, not only will it hurt Hopkinton, it will also hurt the other towns as well. And if you’re stupid enough to say that’s a good thing, you surely are a lost cause then. There will be no hope for you or others that think like you. I would hope we can get school committee people who want to stop the bleeding from the taxpayers of all three towns, not someone who wants to increase the bleeding!

    Comment by CharihoParent — May 30, 2008 @ 8:20 am | Reply

  12. I look for promises from all candidates to keep spending within the parameters of population growth plus inflation. Despite CharihoParent’s rhetoric, it is spending that matters as tax increases can be driven by outside influences beyond the control of local officials.

    I don’t know the details behind Hopkinton’s ridiculous tax increases. I suspect they were due in large part to the police budget and in large part because of Chariho’s budget. Chariho’s budget is beyond Hopkinton’s Town Council’s purview. The police budget is the responsibility of the Town Council.

    If Mr. Scott Hirst did not have the leadership ability to say no to the police, then maybe he would not be able to say no to teachers and other Chariho employees? On the other hand, he couldn’t be worse than Mr. Petit or Mr. Pruehs so I would vote for him for School Committee before either or them.

    The key thing is transparency and accountability. If we get politicians supporting these things then we can decide for ourselves if they are doing the job we want them to do. As long as they can hide the facts we are left guessing.

    Comment by Curious Resident — May 30, 2008 @ 8:32 am | Reply

  13. Actually, CP is right for once. If the TC did their job back then, they would have stood up to Chariho’s rediculous tax increases instead of abiding by them and using the surplus to pay for them. That got Hopkinton in big trouble. Hirst was on the council then. He was also on the council that signed the horrible police contract that will bankrupt the town in the long run.

    Comment by what? — May 30, 2008 @ 8:33 am | Reply

  14. Voters from the three towns approve Chariho budgets. TCs then have to live with the results. At least that’s the way I understand it.

    I think if you look at the budgets back then you’ll see the tax increase was mainly because of the police department. The police had positions which has been funded by federal grants and they kept the employees when the federal government stopped paying. This meant the town had to take over the salaries and benefits.

    Hirst was on the TC and let these increases occur. On the other hand he was a leader in trying to get Chariho to cut the school budget when they were taking millions more than they needed. I don’t think he’s a great thinker but when he is given the realities he comes out on the right side more often than not. For me it will come down to who is competing. If he is running against Pruehs, Petit or Kenney he would get my vote. I might vote for him before Cordone too (maybe not).

    Comment by Real Question — May 30, 2008 @ 10:53 am | Reply

  15. and cordone hasn’t stepped up against chariho?

    Comment by what? — May 30, 2008 @ 11:10 am | Reply

  16. Cordone stepped up FOR Hopkinton, not against Chariho. Chariho would deliver better education at a cheaper cost if Hopkinton gets its way. Opposing the bond is FOR Chariho as the status quo is a failed school system costing a fortune and giving less than positive results.

    Cordone hasn’t led on the issue until very recently. He supported the original bond. He gets lots of points for changing course but he still worries me as I’m not sure if his positions are political or heartfelt. Maybe time will tell?

    Comment by Real Question — May 30, 2008 @ 12:06 pm | Reply

  17. i think it would be much easier to go status quo than to put up a fight….if it was political, i think it would be much easier to support the bond

    Comment by what? — May 30, 2008 @ 12:10 pm | Reply

  18. at least charlestown lost the dignified john craig…..you want to talk about selling your town down the river…..that council is such a joke

    Comment by what? — May 30, 2008 @ 12:11 pm | Reply

  19. I don’t know what makes the most sense politically. Cordone is doing what’s right regardless. Good for him and good for Hopkinton.

    Comment by Real Question — May 30, 2008 @ 12:52 pm | Reply

  20. Both Chariho and police spending outpaced inflation. Police budgets were worse, but keep in mind that Chariho budgets have been increasing while student enrollment has been decreasing.

    http://www.muni-info.state.ri.us/finances/city_town_budget.php

    Municpal Budget Police Budget School Budget
    2001 – $3,484,455 $945,501 $12,129,525
    2002 – $3,817,817 9.6% $1,235,161 30.6% $13,175,239 8.6%
    2003 – $4,295,889 12.5% $1,536,107 24.4% $13,904,886 5.5%
    2004 – $4,956,651 15.4% $1,732,844 12.8% $14,289,700 2.7%
    2005 – $4,976,489 0.4% $1,454,023 (16.1%) $15,666,290 9.6%
    2006 – $5,246,415 5.4% $1,940,598 33.5% $16,076,294 2.6%
    2007 – $5,511,495 5.1% $1,997,681 2.9% $16,738, 899 4.1%
    2008 – $5,650,802 2.5% $1,612,390 (19.3%) $17,304,548 3.4%
    TOTAL 62.2% 70.5% 42.7%

    Comment by Curious Resident — May 30, 2008 @ 1:23 pm | Reply

  21. Sorry, the data was in columns but apparently gets collapses upon posting.

    Comment by Curious Resident — May 30, 2008 @ 1:24 pm | Reply

  22. If I’m following the columns right the biggest percent increases in spending was by the Hopkinton police with Chariho also contributing quite a bit to the percent spending rampage?

    The police thing is a unfathomable for a small town like Hopkinton, but the school spending probably had a bigger real dollar impact because Chariho spends so much more than the police?

    The numbers are shocking to say the least. It’s as if local government threw a party at our expense. A grand time was had by all except for the families driven from the town.

    Comment by Real Question — May 30, 2008 @ 8:24 pm | Reply

  23. Is CharihoParent a Red Sox fan?

    Comment by george abbott — May 31, 2008 @ 12:16 am | Reply

  24. The fund balance in Hopkinton was over-used in past years. It is no longer. Last year was 1.9% tax raise and this year is coming in at 2.1% or 2.2%. We are being frugal but not stupid. One policeman was not replaced and we have 5 more due to retire.

    We cannot fix all the prior years issues and choices in one term, but we are trying to move forward with responsible budgets and responsible maintenance on our properties and our infrastructure. Vin, Sylvia, Tom and I have stood up for our taxpayers where the school – bond and budget – is concerned. All five of us have encouraged economic development, elderly issues and tax abatements, stopping police comp time, gravel bank ordinance, tax stabilization for business, town vehicle policy and better town service record keeping.

    We have all remained civil and worked with each other and the public. We have never refused to listen to your points of view. God knows, Tom and I have learned from scratch. We’re not everything you may want but we are one whole heck of a lot better than the councils around us. And it’s to your credit – it was your vote.

    Comment by BarbaraC — May 31, 2008 @ 4:23 pm | Reply

  25. Barbara, that’s a mattter of opinion that the Hopkinton Town Council is a whole heck of lot better. But then again, you have every right to have that opinion, I’ll just respectfully disagree with you on that matter.

    Comment by CharihoParent — May 31, 2008 @ 5:42 pm | Reply

  26. George, what difference does it make whether I am or not?

    Comment by CharihoParent — May 31, 2008 @ 5:42 pm | Reply

  27. George, would I be correct to guess that you’re a Yankee fan?

    Comment by CharihoParent — May 31, 2008 @ 5:43 pm | Reply

  28. As a Hopkinton resident I do appreciate the job this TC has done. The best council in my memory.

    I would like to see Kenney gone but she’s a minor annoyance since the rest of them are controlling the urge to spend. I also like the fact that Buck, Capalbo and Thompson put in extra hours watching over Chariho. Sylvia has put forth lots of financial info which has publicized Chariho’s fiscal mismanagement. Tom stands strong when Hopkinton gets attacked from the morons in Richmond and Charlestown. We get the added bonus of his wife too! I see Barbara at many of the SC meetings and she pipes up quite a bit too.

    This TC recognizes Chariho can make their job very difficult and they try to stay on top of things. CP might have more respect for our TC if he actually lived in Hopkinton. Anyway he’s defended the Richmond TC so his standards are warped.

    School choice eliminates all Hopkinton’s problems at Chariho. Parents who like it can stay and the rest can leave. If we can get our TC to take this big step toward choice they’d be even better regarded. I’d love to see Hopkinton make history. Do they have the vision, courage, and leadership?

    Comment by Real Question — May 31, 2008 @ 6:30 pm | Reply

  29. Ironically Richmond is now on a similar spending trajectory as it pertains to their Police Department. They’ve been catching up to Hopkinton over the last few years. I suspect their desperation to maintain the SRO position is related to the Richmond Police Department wanting to increase staffing while hiding the cost behind Chariho’s curtain of deception.

    Our current Town Council is better than most. Other then Mrs. Kenney and Mr. Cordone, they actively engage the public. They do need to think outside the box in regard to Chariho. I’m a huge supporter of parents so I like the choice ideas, but one way or the other Hopkinton needs to gain greater control over our financial future. With Charlestown and Richmond routinely approving foolish spending Hopkinton needs solutions which will lessen the impact of these towns’ irresponsible votes. I think choice provides the quickest, easiest, and most effective solution. Any other ideas?

    CharihoParents opinion on our Town Council is worthless. Short of each of our councilors kneeling down before Richmond’s Town Council and kissing their rings, I doubt there is anything our Town Council could do to make him happy. He could care less about our families. I could care less about his opinion.

    Comment by Curious Resident — May 31, 2008 @ 10:53 pm | Reply

  30. CR,
    How can Cordone think outside the box on Chariho when he has stood up against them?

    Comment by what? — June 1, 2008 @ 11:12 am | Reply

  31. Standing up for Hopkinton families is the first necessary step. The next step is come up with solutions to the Chariho problem.

    Allowing parents to choose schools is the quickest, easiest, least expensive solution. I contend it is the most effective too. I don’t understand the resistance to choice, but I’d like to see more public pronouncement of where we should go from here from the Town Council?

    Stopping the bond is great. We may have to stop it again. But at the end of the day we are still left with a school district which doesn’t educate very well and costs a fortune to boot. If not choice, what?

    Comment by Curious Resident — June 1, 2008 @ 11:43 am | Reply

  32. Hi!
    I will be running so whatever however you feel,you will do what you want. Frankly, I have been one of the few that questions things over the years.I am not perfect but hold my own with the best of them including this blog!
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — June 2, 2008 @ 10:42 am | Reply

  33. Hi!
    FYI:
    Make note of these e-mail addresses:
    Gov. Donald L. Carcieri: rigov.state.ri.us
    House Speaker: William J. Murphy: rep-murphy@rilin.state.ri.us
    Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy: rep-kennedy@rilin.state.ri.us
    Rep. Donna Walsh rep-walsh@rilin.state.ri.us
    Rep. Joseph Scott rep.scott@rilin.state.ri.us
    If you contact them about legislation it is best to note bill numbers.
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — June 2, 2008 @ 10:52 am | Reply

  34. Oops! The Governor is rigov@gov.state.ri.us

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — June 2, 2008 @ 10:53 am | Reply

  35. youre the 8th wonder of the world scott bill

    Comment by what? — June 2, 2008 @ 12:13 pm | Reply

  36. BTW, what?, I wasn’t refering to Tinkerbell being from Hopkinton, I was refering to Bill Felkner being from Hopkinton. So give it a rest.

    8th wonder? OMG, what a freaking laugh that is! Thanks, what?, I needed a good laugh today.

    Comment by CharihoParent — June 2, 2008 @ 2:12 pm | Reply

  37. Why is Scott H. ridiculed for no apparent reason? Did he do something to someone on here or is it personal? Is it left over resentment from the Chariho budget cutting?

    Comment by Truth or Consequences — June 3, 2008 @ 1:42 pm | Reply


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