Chariho School Parents’ Forum

October 29, 2008

meeting documents

Filed under: 1 — Editor @ 1:07 pm

Here is the Insight report for 2007-2008 – RYSE is up to $68k per

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and for the record, here is the last Insight report we posted

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Here is the Admin Contract Subcommittee Report

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And here is the data the Admin Con Subcomm used –

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Notice the number of employees.  We seem to be missing some – or they have been reassigned?  You can see the number of employees AS REPORTED BY CHARIHO at the Dept of Ed site here.

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20 Comments »

  1. Has Chariho ever had an organizational chart? They don’t need to list names, just positions. Why do I think we won’t be seeing one any time soon. Guess we shouldn’t ask because it might be considered antagonistic and volatile.

    Comment by Curious Resident — October 30, 2008 @ 1:21 am | Reply

  2. Felkner and hirst yes, silly abbot, taxes are for two town parents. Oppressive ones are for your neighbors and richmond residents. Have you been drug tested? No wonder your a school/building committee member.

    Comment by steve m — October 31, 2008 @ 9:09 pm | Reply

  3. HI All,
    I don’t know if I got it in in time but sent a letter to the Sun. Here it is.

    Supporters of the Chariho bonds seem to think towns are people. We’re told that Charlestown already pays more than Richmond and Hopkinton for the operation of Chariho. I wish they understood towns don’t breath, eat, or drink. Towns are abstractions. People are real. The people of Hopkinton each carry a heavy tax burden. Our tax rate is near the top in the state. Rhode Island’s tax burden is near the top in the country. Real estate agents steer home buyers away from Hopkinton because of our high taxes. This is not an abstraction. This is real.

    While it sounds nice to tell voters to approve the bonds “for the children”. Children need more than brand new school buildings. Children need families who function on firm financial footing. The tax inequities at Chariho jeopardize the financial well-being of Hopkinton families.

    No one disputes the value of a first class education, but children grow up. I’d like my children to have the choice to remain in Hopkinton and raise their families here. I’m afraid the situation at Chariho creates an insurmountable problem. My children won’t be able to live in the town I love. I’m not willing to trade my children’s present for their future. I will vote no on the bonds.

    Comment by JIm L. — November 2, 2008 @ 2:10 pm | Reply

  4. This the crux of the problem. Too many do not connect government with actual people. It’s as if government is something entirely removed from people.

    Hopkinton households pay 2.5 times more than similarly situated Charlestown households. This results in Charlestown voters being much more tolerant of government spending because the impact is substantially muted. Households in Hopkinton are slammed by every new bit of spending at Chariho.

    I’ve had real estate agents tell me they don’t even bother showing Hopkinton homes unless specifically requested because of the tax costs. What does this mean for the rest of us living here? If buyers are can’t afford to live here, the value of our homes is drastically reduced. This is a cost of Chariho’s irresponsibility which isn’t obvious. And while the value of Hopkinton homes is decimated, Charlestown is at the other end. Their homes are worth more because buyers can literally save thousands in taxes.

    Regardless of the re-vote outcome, the next Hopkinton Town Council needs to have the taxing scheme evaluated by a lawyer. I think there is a real chance a judge would require tax equity. This seems to be the year of “spreading the wealth” and it only seems “fair” that we also spread the pain.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 2, 2008 @ 2:48 pm | Reply

  5. Hi,
    The Sun won’t be putting my letter in because I missed the deadline. Here’s what they said.

    “The deadline for campaign letters – including bond letters – was Monday, Oct. 27, That was announced on page 4 a number of times. Even having set that deadline, there were just too many election-related letters to publish all of them. We tried make the publication of letters as balanced regarding variety of views and letter writers as we could.”

    Comment by Jim L. — November 2, 2008 @ 4:38 pm | Reply

  6. Sure, The Rag is as balanced as a seesaw. Like good little liberals, they are in the tank for government spending whenever possible. The Rag printed numerous “news” articles in recent weeks which were probably ghost written by Mr. Ricci himself. Obvious lies, distortions, and misrepresentations go unchallenged by reporters. The Rag is as balanced as Charles Manson.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 2, 2008 @ 7:23 pm | Reply

  7. CR, you’re unreal, talk about throwing accusations WITHOUT one single shred of evidence on your part.

    Comment by CharihoParent — November 2, 2008 @ 7:59 pm | Reply

  8. Sure, the Rag runs articles favorably highlighting Chariho all the time…not just right before a bond vote. They’ve had hundreds of RYSE articles this year…the two pro-RYSE articles in the last two weeks are merely coincidence. Not a shred of evidence. Brilliant as always CP.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 2, 2008 @ 8:20 pm | Reply

  9. That’s still not evidence that anyone besides the reporter wrote the article. Did you see Barry Ricci write them? Does anyone you know see Barry Ricci write them? Did Barry Ricci say to anyone that he wrote them? Your once again throwing out accusations and still hoping one of them will stick.

    Takes a lot of intelligence on your part to do that. NOT.

    Comment by CharihoParent — November 2, 2008 @ 8:54 pm | Reply

  10. Do you really think I meant Mr. Ricci wrote the articles or do you think I was being sarcastic? I’d explain sarcasm to you but I think it would elude your superior intellect.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 2, 2008 @ 9:03 pm | Reply

  11. TRAINWRECK(3)….RESTRAINT(0)

    Comment by RS — November 2, 2008 @ 9:27 pm | Reply

  12. I don’t believe that there is a line item for a publicist in the Chariho budget.Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas on this topic.Perhaps we should ask Nancy and put an end this guessing game once and for all.

    Comment by george abbott — November 2, 2008 @ 10:40 pm | Reply

  13. I’m not sure what you’re saying Mr. Abbott?

    Chariho has hundreds of publicists working for them. Most people promote their employer to some extent, and Chariho is known for encouraging their employees to support greater spending at the school. Add to the employees, they also have most of the School Committee advocating for greater spending. We also face a town full of publicists in Charlestown who fervently want a bond to pass so they can continue benefitting from a favorable taxing scheme.

    My sarcastic comment about Mr. Ricci ghost writing for The Rag has legitimacy in as far as The Rag pretty much parrots Chariho talking points. No need to ask anyone…all anyone needs is reading comprehension. Chariho says it. The Rag prints it with little or no scrutiny. I’m still waiting for the article about the $68,000 per student cost of RYSE. Maybe after the bond vote once Mr. Ricci gives them permission? (In case CP doesn’t get it…more sarcasm.)

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 2, 2008 @ 10:56 pm | Reply

  14. CR.Perhaps there is a powerful publicist that works behind the scenes.I would suspect that this person could possibly have a strong influence on what news gets in the paper and its editorial positions ,without actually having to reveal their name to the readers.

    Comment by george abbott — November 2, 2008 @ 11:11 pm | Reply

  15. Why would they need a secret person? Rumor has it Mr. Ricci heavily influenced the Chariho Times’ decision to fire reporter James Madden. Apparently Mr. Ricci didn’t like questions being asked by the reporter and he complained to the Chariho Times. If Mr. Ricci has the power to get a person fired from their job, then I think he wields significant power himself. If Chariho does have a publicist they don’t acknowledge, that would be quite a story.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 2, 2008 @ 11:18 pm | Reply

  16. WOW…That attempt at humor sure grew some legs.

    Comment by RS — November 2, 2008 @ 11:46 pm | Reply

  17. I guess I’m not as funny as I thought.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 2, 2008 @ 11:59 pm | Reply

  18. CR, you’re not funny at all. When someone posts and you cannot hear the tone of their voice or see the expression on their face, it’s difficult to determine the intent, especially when you (and I do mean you personally) say, “ghost written by Mr. Ricci himself.”

    Comment by CharihoParent — November 3, 2008 @ 8:35 am | Reply

  19. I agree about tone being an important part of humor, although I still find it funny to think of Mr. Ricci typing out articles for the local media…tone or no tone. I’m sure he probably would if he could, so maybe that’s why you didn’t recognize the humor…it was believable to you.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 3, 2008 @ 8:43 am | Reply

  20. Another defense of the Chariho administration, I sure wish you cared as much about the taxpayer and students receiving a sub standard education.

    TRAINWRECK(4)..RESTRAINT(0)

    Comment by RS — November 3, 2008 @ 12:12 pm | Reply


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