Chariho School Parents’ Forum

February 10, 2009

And here comes Charlestown

Filed under: Nov 18 meeting (where I was removed from office) — Editor @ 9:06 pm

h/t GD – from the Sun:

CHARLESTOWN — The Town Council Monday night voted to back the Chariho Regional School Committee’s ouster of William J. Felkner by filing a friend of the court brief in the case that is headed to the state’s high court.

Council Vice President Greg Avedisian suggested the action, saying he believed that having a member of the regional school committee also serve on a town council, as Felkner did in Hopkinton, puts Richmond and Charlestown at a disadvantage.

“I feel very strongly about this,”’ said Avedisian.

The council has an obligation to insure that Charlestown students receive the best education possible and dual office holding flies in the face of that responsibility, Avedisian said.

Andrew McQuaide, Charlestown’s representative on the regional school committee, also asked the council to join the high court case as Richmond did earlier this month when it filed a brief in the matter of Felkner vs. Chariho School Committee.

“I really urge you to stand up and say ‘no,’ it cannot occur,” said McQuaide.

There will be “severe inequity in the power structure that exists” if Felkner is permitted to hold seats on both the Hopkinton Town Council and the regional school committee, McQuaide said.

In the end, the council voted 3-1 to file a friend of the court brief. The dissenting vote was cast by Richard Hosp, who said he personally was opposed to dual office holding, but he didn’t see anything in the Chariho Act or Hopkinton’s charter that prevented it.

“Are you a lawyer?” asked Avedesian.

In response, Hosp threw up his hands in exasperation.

“I’m surrounded by lawyers,” he said, getting a laugh.

Hosp also said that Felkner could always recuse himself from voting on matters if he had a conflict due to serving on both the council and regional school committee. No one should “presume” he would act in Hopkinton’s favor at the expense of the other communities, he said.

“I don’t have the same faith that you do that he would recuse himself,” McQuaide responded.

Noting there is little legal precedent on the issue of dual office holding, McQuaide said now was the time for the council to make its position known.

Continue reading the story HERE – interesting comments as well.



  1. I notice the “All the children, all the time” slogan is conspicuosly absent from any of the “Lets get rid of BF” rhetoric. Doesn’t it strike the voters and taxpayers as strange when most SC’s are moving toward fiscal restraint and turning to their communities for help and support, Chariho is moving in the opposite direction. Why?

    Comment by RS — February 11, 2009 @ 9:00 am | Reply

  2. The builder along with Safford that want a voice into the building codes, heights etc. What hippocrite. Is one Avedesian and one Safford the = of one Mageau. Of course they have Polouski too. They don’t have a tax disadvantage but brain power one. Still room in the thimble. A shame Cicchetti is gone they had a winner. Thank god Carney has re energized her batteries after their council.

    Comment by michael — February 11, 2009 @ 1:44 pm | Reply

  3. Michael is onto something. Charlestown councilors want the cheapest way out, they want to lowest taxes, duh.Not like im reporting the news here. Has nothing to do with educating their kids. Avedian and Safford that put that (property taxes) in their next building fee while sending their kids to St. Michaels in Pawcatuck and Bishop Hendricken because Chariho didn’t have hockey in Safford cause. Of course allegations only but I’m sure many charlestown neighbors can argue that from what’s on the street or know these people personally. Yet sing the praises of chariho? Whose zooming who. Wouldn’t it be ironic if Mr. Mageau end up on the zoning and planning board however. The circus that comes to town during the summer never leaves, only its name changes, to Town Council. And as a resident I thought the council changed in November.

    Comment by Sandy — February 11, 2009 @ 2:19 pm | Reply

  4. If you live in Charlestown and can afford to send your own children to decent private schools, then it’s not surprising you would favor the current tax scheme even if it assured Chariho remains firmly entrenched in failure. If money is your overriding concern, then throwing a bunch of other people’s children under the bus isn’t such a big deal. Isn’t Advedesian the same guy who screamed and ranted at Mrs. Capalbo when the Chariho bond was defeated the first go-round?

    Comment by Curious Resident — February 11, 2009 @ 3:42 pm | Reply

  5. …and let’s not forget Drzyko!!! Get this, this is a copy from the district’s home website: AN ANTI-NEOPOTISM POLICY!!!!!

    The Chariho Regional School District has determined that it will be in its best interest: (a) to
    avoid conflicts of interest between work-related and family-related obligations; (b) to reduce
    favoritism or even the appearance of favoritism; (c) to prevent family conflicts from affecting
    the workplace; and (d) to limit the scope and possibilities of inter-office dating, thereby
    decreasing the likelihood of sexual harassment challenges, by the promulgation of this
    The district will receive employment applications from relatives of employees. However,
    there are four situations that will prevent the district from hiring a relative of a current
    • If one relative would supervise or have disciplinary authority over another.
    • If one relative would audit the work of another.
    • If the interest of either the relative and the employee or the relative and the district
    would be in conflict.
    • If the hiring of relatives could result in a conflict of interest with existing vendors
    of the district.
    An employee is not permitted to work in a position where his or her supervisor or
    supervisor’s supervisor is a relative. A relative includes a father, mother, brother, sister,
    husband, wife, son, daughter, grandfather, grandmother, grandson or granddaughter.
    This policy shall take effect on July 1, 1997 and shall not apply to situations existing at that
    time which might be in conflict with this policy.
    Adopted 5/

    Comment by ON STANDBY — February 11, 2009 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  6. Who’s Drzyko and what does he/she have to do with this?

    Comment by CharihoParent — February 12, 2009 @ 9:36 am | Reply

  7. Being voted onto any board doesn’t make you an expert of anything. You can put a tie or a skirt on a bag of ****! Your still a bag of ****, just one with a tie or shirt.

    No wonder we were told to question authority when we were growing up and why Jim M will always be relevant because he will question the authority, so thanks Jim! I would think you could take on the senior Richmond representative to charlestowns advantage based on all you would know or have on him based on his conduct in the town of richmond. You’ve been around politics long enough and when you finally decide on a two school district (without Hopkinton) you would have richmond on their knees with all you have on the GED Genius. Has he swallowed the masoginistic pencil yet?

    Go get em Jim!

    Comment by rico — February 13, 2009 @ 7:21 pm | Reply

  8. Dick hosp gets it but Avediesan and Safford don’t. They must be the same guys that tell their workers if the nail head is on the wrong end to throw it away (instead of turning it around if your not paying attention). The workers must say no boss there for the other side of the house and they say, oh . . .

    How does a community with among the lowest taxes in the state survive this folly yearly?

    Comment by rico — February 13, 2009 @ 9:13 pm | Reply

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