Chariho School Parents’ Forum

September 9, 2008

Ad Hoc Withdrawal Update

Filed under: 1 — Editor @ 1:02 pm

The First Report of the Ad Hoc Withdrawal Update Committee to the Charlestown Town Council can be found by going to this link charlestown-ad-hoc-withdrawal-update



  1. Anyone else having problems with the link? I click on it but it doesn’t take me to the report.

    Comment by Curious Resident — September 9, 2008 @ 8:23 pm | Reply

  2. Sorry. It works. I had to click on the picture of the document.

    Comment by Curious Resident — September 9, 2008 @ 8:29 pm | Reply

  3. The ad hoc claims the “root” of the problem is political, but they quickly address the real problem which is economic.

    Hopkinton’s individual families pay more than twice as much as Charlestown families. When it is time to vote on spending at Chariho, understandably Hopkinton voters are less tolerant of waste and irresponsible spending. Nothing confusing or political…it makes total sense that Hopkinton would have greater econmomic challenges.

    The root has always been economic and will only get worse should Hopkinton lock in another generation by approving a bond.

    Comment by Curious Resident — September 9, 2008 @ 8:43 pm | Reply

  4. Yes, I had to click on the site a few times. I would welcome Charlestown High School to be born soon. FULL CONTROL by the Town of Charlestown, CHARIHO will always be chariho. Their will be students at the vo tech that bring honor to Chariho. If it needs to die (Chariho), as a Hopkinton resident, RICHMOND High School (since its in the TOWN OF RICHMOND) works for me as well as long as the kids get a quality education with less outside interference from a member town. I’m also open to vouchers to provide kids and parent with choice. Hopefully during this education meltdown it comes back to ‘the children.’ If Hopkinton residents are to be driven from their homes lets hope its with their own school district and own control.

    Be well tri town voters!

    Comment by James Hirst — September 9, 2008 @ 11:13 pm | Reply

  5. The Rag reports the Chariho Building Committee will be sticking to the facts instead of the “It’s Time To…” propaganda they issued the last time we voted on their misguided bond. I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but nice to see them admit their games. I still expect the “facts” to be distorted, but maybe it won’t be so blatant this time. Besides, last time they had $10,000 available to try and fool voters, and they only have $1,400 left over. Mr. Ricci told them they didn’t do anything wrong last time.

    The one fact no one can legitimately refute is the wide disparity between what Charlestown and Hopkinton families each pay to maintain Chariho as the areas biggest employer. Passage of any bond means the status quo remains. Charlestown families will continue to dictate educational expenses while having a tax burden 2 to 3 times less than a similar Hopkinton family.

    The Chariho apologists are hoping the presidential election will bring in enough uninformed Hopkinton voters to offset the informed voters. They could be right. Soon they will be releasing “facts”. Even if they don’t outright lie like last time, we can be sure their “facts” will omit many truths about the future should we pass any bond. All concerned Hopkinton families should make an effort to discuss the Chariho issues with friends and neighbors who may not have been paying attention.

    Comment by Curious Resident — September 10, 2008 @ 11:52 pm | Reply

  6. Hi!
    It will be interesting what impact the Chariho bond will have on the Town Council election in Hopkinton.Five of us will be voting against the bonds:Thompson,Felkner,Capalbo,Buck, and myself. Two support them:Abbott and Kenney. People vote differently and for different reasons. In some and a number of cases, one issue voters will impact an election. The position on Chariho and the bonds of the candidates will have an impact in the election in Hopkinton. To the extent it does,can be a subject of speculation. I suspect all Town Council candidates in Richmond and Charlestown support the bond while the majority in Hopkinton do not.
    George is a friend and close ally of mine.While we disagree on the bond situation, I will be voting for him on November 4TH,. He is a fiscally conscious person. Play close attention to some of his platform ideas. I will let him speak for himself.
    In late October The Westerly Sun is coming out with Decision’2008 publication or part of their paper. Believe it is October 26TH? Will get back to this discussion group on that date.
    The Chariho Times is now seeking information from candidates, I got their letter/form in mail yesterday. The Providence Journal only wanted biographical information.They were done some time ago. The Sun plans to have candidates stuff on-line.
    I plan to conduct a thoughtful,considerate campaign and discussing issues intelligently.

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — September 13, 2008 @ 10:17 am | Reply

  7. Too bad about Mr. Abbott. Call me a one issue voter, but I don’t consider someone “fiscally conscious” if they support locking another generation of Hopkinton families into a dehabilitating tax situation such as we have at Chariho. I do admire Mr. Abbott’s calm demeanor, but at this point in Hopkinton’s existence, we need aggressive politicians willing to stand up against government inaccountabity and waste.

    I’ll be voting for Mr. Felkner, Mrs. Thompson, Mr. Buck, Mrs. Capalbo, and probably Mr. Hirst. If Mr. Abbott comes around on the Chariho bond issue, I hope he lets us know. I’d like to have the difficulty of choosing 5 good candidates out of 6.

    Mrs. Kenney is a fool. She likely gets plenty of praise from her colleagues in the schools, but she is not a friend of Hopkinton families. I expect she’ll win a spot simply because there are enough Chariho employees to keep her in office, but I hope she is effectively neutered by the other 4 council members.

    Most importantly I’d like to see the bond defeated by Hopkinton voters. With a Presidential election plenty of uninformed voters feel compelled to vote. Unfortunately Mr. Kenney may be correct, and the uninformed voters may make the difference and condemn Hopkinton families (the ones who survive) to twenty more years of being led around on a leash by Charlestown’s wealth. If this happens, I’ll be looking to the Hopkinton Town Council to take major steps to avert an economic crisis. Be it voucher or whatever…any ideas?

    Mr. Hirst, you seem to have a good sense of the community. Do you think Hopkinton voters are asleep for the latest bond vote? Or do you think we have the foresight to reject yet another attempt to keep the Chariho beast growing?

    Comment by Curious Resident — September 13, 2008 @ 12:03 pm | Reply

  8. Hirst is asleep. I heard he fell asleep once when he worked at toyota in westerly. fell asleep right at the desk during a sale…….zzzzzzzz

    Comment by what — September 13, 2008 @ 5:12 pm | Reply

  9. Hi1
    It can be assumed people on this blog are more politically interested than the general populace on the school bonds and the election. However it appears only a small number participate in discussions here. I assume these postings are checked by those who post no comments.
    I expect a excellent turnout for the election. It will be interesting what both the press and candidates do on Chariho and other issues. I do not think voters are engaged yet in the local campaign and the CHariho bonds and perhaps generally speaking the candidates are not really yet.Very soon I will have flyers with George Abbott and me and will be talking to voters and passing them out.
    1.The Westerly Sun will be having a Decision’2008 section, I believe on October 26TH? Will get back to you on correct date.Also I understand, it will be on the Internet with candidate replies and background.
    2.The Providence Journal only asked for biographical information.
    3.The Chariho Times has a deadline of September 25TH I recall,. A one page summary not counting biographical material they desire. Will be complying with that soon.
    All asked for a photo.The Westerly Sun will use one done by their advertising people of me;The Providence Journal by a photographer who took one of me for the GOP convention attendees before the convention; and I plan to have The Chariho Times to take one of me soon.
    I assume there will be one candidate’s forum before the election. I have heard nothing yet!

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — September 16, 2008 @ 6:46 pm | Reply

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