Chariho School Parents’ Forum

December 4, 2008

Chariho Times follow-up

Filed under: Nov 18 meeting (where I was removed from office) — Editor @ 9:42 pm
Town council supports Felkner
Wednesday, 03 December 2008
By ANDREW MARTIN

The Hopkinton Town Council came to the consensus during an executive session Monday night that it will support William J. Felkner – who was booted off the Chariho Regional School Committee – but the decision to take the matter to court is his alone.

The issue at hand is whether Felkner can legally sit on both the School Committee and Town Council. He began his four-year term on the school board in 2006, when Hopkinton voters wrote him in as a representative. But that seat became the subject of question when he was elected last month as a councilor.

School Committee members raised the issue Nov. 18 of potential conflicts with Felkner holding both seats. As a result, he was effectively removed from his office by the school board by a narrow vote, which disqualified Felkner until he can prove in court or through the state Board of Elections that there is no legal conflict.

Although Felkner was not at Monday’s meeting – councilor Beverly P. Kenney was also absent – his colleagues on the council made it clear they support him. But their help will come in a way that assists the work of Felkner’s attorney, Nicholas Gorham.

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2 Comments »

  1. The article seems fair, glad to see Hopkinton TC supporting BF.

    Comment by Gene Daniell — December 4, 2008 @ 10:16 pm | Reply

  2. I’d like to hear if Mr. Felkner is satisfied with the level of support? I’m glad Mrs. Capalbo and Mrs. Thompson gave their verbal support and Hopkinton solicitor will be aiding Mr. Felkner’s personal attorney, but unlike the School Committee who are willing to spend our money disenfranching Hopkinton citizens, the Hopkinton Town Council’s willingness to protect our interests seems less committed.

    Perhaps Mr. Felkner prefers it this way, in which case I give the Town Council a pass, but if the Town Council decided on its own to let the School Committee trample on the rights of Hopkinton without fighting back, then shame on them. The School Committee has been bullying Hopkinton for years, and at some point we need to respond in kind. I’m still holding out hope for school choice, but so far Hopkinton continues to be Chariho’s whipping boy.

    Comment by Curious Resident — December 5, 2008 @ 12:21 pm | Reply


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