Chariho School Parents’ Forum

October 28, 2008

Today’s Inbox

Filed under: 1 — Editor @ 3:56 pm

If we can’t fix our current buildings, why add more?

Would you add a new garage to your home if your house was in danger of burning down from faulty wiring?
If you could not afford to repair your plumbing system, would you build a family room with an additional bath?
Why would anyone want to spend our limited tax dollars to replace a track, to add additional classrooms, to expand kitchen facilities, and to relocate a maintenance building, when Chariho cannot fix what it already is obligated to maintain?
We are familiar with the failure of Chariho to care for our property: the historic Ashaway School rotting from its clogged gutters; the leaking of the newer Ashaway School from inadequate roof repair; and, most recently, the deteri­orating ties under the ill-maintained masonry of the Hope Valley building.
The “failing” infrastructure is not a structural problem but a problem of priorities. As our administrators spend time and energy planning for expansion and chasing wind­mills, no one is minding the store. We hear about student standards and proficiency, but who is holding our contrac­tors, maintenance staff, and custodial crews accountable to standards and expected levels of performance?
As the economy takes a toll on our ability to pay for such essentials as food, heating and medical care, the taxpayers of Hopkinton can ill afford to pay for anything but the basics. We are already up to our necks, and we surely will drown with the additional tax burden of new construction with added on-going costs.
We cannot afford an additional penny let alone taxpayer costs of $1.8 million, $3 million, $12.2 million or a combi­nation of any or all of them!
Chariho needs to demonstrate it can adequately main­tain what already exists before expecting more. Use our limited tax dollars to fix our facilities first before building anything additional. Fix it first!
Vote “No” on Nov. 4.
Georgia Ure Hopkinton



  1. Although I don’t trust Chariho on RYSE’s costs, my biggest problem with the program is it was brought in as a one-size fits all approach to special needs students. This excerpt from the Wall Street Journal was great to see as Mrs. Palin agrees the way to go is to give parents choices so they can decide what is best for their children. You can read the full article here:

    “In a recent speech in Pennsylvania, Mrs. Palin spoke about special needs and outlined policies she would push for in the event of a McCain-Palin victory next Tuesday. “Too often,” she said, “state and federal laws added to the challenges [of special needs children] instead of removing barriers and opening new paths of opportunity.”

    Her prescriptions include full funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, making federal funding for special needs children portable, exempting these programs from the spending freeze Mr. McCain has proposed, and allowing special needs children to use federal funds at whatever schools best meet their needs — public or private.”

    Comment by Curious Resident — October 28, 2008 @ 6:12 pm | Reply


    Comment by CharihoParent — November 2, 2008 @ 12:53 pm | Reply

  3. The usual talking points from the dimwit politicians in Richmond. They claim Richmond wouldn’t partner with Hopkinton, but it is too late…they’re aleady partnered with Hopkinton and they could only end the partnership by withdrawing. I’d have to believe this would be prohibitively expensive for Richmond. Therefore, as is traditional, the Richmond Town Council is blowing smoke.

    Ms. Eaves is mistaken in thinking Hopkinton requires 5th and 6th graders be at “the” Elementary Schools. I think most of us want the young children in “a” Elementary School. With room created if Charlestown leaves, there would be tons of available space to reconfigure the schools and achieve an Elementary School environment for all the young children.

    Nothing new from the Chariho apologists. Same old lies, misreprentations, and distortions.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 2, 2008 @ 2:56 pm | Reply

  4. They seem to all want to preach gloom and doom for Hopkinton, but as far as I know Hopkinton is the only council to explore vouchers since the bond was voted down last time. If Hopkinton allows the vouchers, CHARI could well find it is the one holding the bag and playing catch up. Of course Hopkinton will be to blame for CHARI’s increased costs because to accept otherwise would mean the council of the 2 towns did not follow due process in their decision making, and they have yet to accept any responsibility, fiscal or otherwise. While they are playing the blame game, our children will be off and running looking toward their futures while CHARI has once again burdened their children with a substandard school system at a more expensive cost. There is more than one way to get your child out of a subpar(1/3 proficient) school, and vouchers are but one of the ways. So we vote NO on the bond and start reviewing our alternatives and let CHARI review how it is going to cover the ever decreasing contribution from HOpkinton, once they see light and stop the blame game.

    Comment by RS — November 2, 2008 @ 4:21 pm | Reply

  5. RS,
    Once again, pot calling the kettle black. You’re also playing the blame game by blaming Charlestown and Richmond for all the ills of Chariho. Hopkinton also has some blame here since they’ve been in the district just as long as the other two communities.

    Comment by CharihoParent — November 2, 2008 @ 4:49 pm | Reply

  6. SIGH….didn’t blame any one town for Chariho’s ills. I said CHARI would blame HOpkinton for the ills of the school structure if HOpkinton voted down the bond….this is based not on name calling and emotion, but the FACT they did it on the last NO vote. Check the record and get back to me if I am wrong.
    The staff and administration of Chariho and the NEA thanks you for once again supporting them.


    Comment by RS — November 2, 2008 @ 5:56 pm | Reply

  7. The power structure within Chariho is scared to death of a withdrawal. If withdrawal ends up on the table, it is inevitable that the school’s organization will need to be analyzed down to the last detail. The upheaval caused by any town withdrawing likely means an end to shaded budgets and refusals to provide specifics on staffing, i.e., no organizational chart. Withdrawal will require auditing with a fine tooth comb.

    I still doubt Charlestown’s willingness to walk away from the lucrative tax scheme, but perhaps if we get lucky and the re-voted bonds fail, Charlestown will try to sue for a bond and Hopkinton can sue for tax equity?

    Charlestown has blustered about withdrawal over and over again. Richmond has foolishly joined them. If we don’t know they are full of baloney by now, we’ve learned nothing. Vote no on the re-voted bonds and let’s be prepared to see them in court.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 2, 2008 @ 7:33 pm | Reply

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