Chariho School Parents’ Forum

April 7, 2009

Supreme Court ruling

Filed under: Nov 18 meeting (where I was removed from office) — Editor @ 8:07 pm

Well, the decision is in and we lost.  I sincerely appreciate your support and wish I had better news.

Courts often find solutions that have the least impact on the wider population. In this case we thought that if they went against us they would say it was an interpretation of the Hopkinton Charter. And they did reference the charter – but they also used the doctrine of incompatibility in the decision.

Regarding the Hopkinton Charter – I probably shot myself in the foot with this. From the beginning I asked the town council NOT to expend any resources on this case. We did reference the town’s letter and support in our briefs but it is possible that an opinion from the town’s solicitor interpreting the Charter would have been helpful. But again, I have no one to blame but myself for that. It is what it is.

As for the other part of the decision, that conflicts of interest between two seats of authority are incompatable, I find the fact that they even delved into it much more interesting. 

Goldberg used the lease for the elementary school as an example of an inherent conflict. I can’t help but think that there are representatives at the State House who have similar conflicts.  I am surprised, but glad, that they based their decision, at least in part, on the conflict issue.

Again, sorry we didn’t win but thanks for keeping the faith. But things always seem to work out for the best so we will see what this brings.

Felkner v Chariho (opinion)

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31 Comments »

  1. IF you accept the SC judgement of what crosses the line of incompatibility for dual office, then explain how one can be on the management team of a union, bargaining with the state, and be a state rep/senator?? Or be a member of board/cmte (small membership, < 20) that supervises family?

    I simply cannot see why 6 CSC members have to recuse due to family member conflicts on a regular basis, but that’s not good enough for BF’s situation.

    I wish they elaborated on the method the CSC used to evict BF, there was one line that one could infer lack of support for CSC methods.

    C’est la vie.

    Comment by Gene Daniell — April 7, 2009 @ 8:55 pm | Reply

  2. Disappointed, but not surprised. I believe the decision had a political component, maybe even the primary reason for the decision. This being Rhode Island, I’d expect nothing less (or more).

    So now we are left with finding a Felkneresque replacement. Will the real Felkner throw his hat back into the ring, or will someone like RS (are you out there?) step forward to reverse the Chariho status quo?

    Comment by Curious Resident — April 7, 2009 @ 8:56 pm | Reply

  3. Hi!
    I may be a candidate and will be looking at it. I am on the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Ashaway Fire District which meets on the third Tuesday currently. That may or may not be an inpediment for me putting my name forward schedule wise. I assume Ron Preuhs will put his name forward.
    The vote yesterday was the budget was defeated by one vote. “EVERY VOTE COUNTS” IS NOT AN EXXAGERATION!
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — April 8, 2009 @ 12:28 pm | Reply

  4. Mr. Felkner you have nothing to apologize for. As long as you push for openess in all forms of government as has been your mantra, keep that head high.

    I look forward to the Hopkinton Town Council appointing you to the Chariho School Committee and continuing your work for the districts children and its taxpayers and continuing ‘transparency and accountability which lacks and has for some time at Chariho. Years worth of history is their to prove it. There have been many debacles regarding the 50 year history of Chariho and its ways of conducting business.

    I am proud that you tried to find answers to questions which state officials either were inept to provide or lacking in an agency opinion. You did your do diligence in whether you could or couldn’t serve and if I’m correct Mr. Gorham tried to point out while being questioned by one of the justices, I believe it was retired Justice Williams when he asked why this wasn’t taken to the Attorney General’s Office. Which no opinion was going to be given. And your questions to the Secretary of States office regarding this case before it got to where it did.

    Mr. Felkner you may correct me if I’m inaccurate in my assessments above. Your brethren are proud of you in your open and honest attempts on behalf of tri town students and its parents/taxpayers.

    Comment by james hirst — April 8, 2009 @ 3:35 pm | Reply

  5. No…not Pruehs…pretty please.

    Comment by Curious Resident — April 8, 2009 @ 10:32 pm | Reply

  6. Echo, Echo, echo….

    We agree on that appointment. 🙂

    Comment by Lois Buck — April 9, 2009 @ 9:56 am | Reply

  7. Hi!
    Whomever is appointed, I TRUST the town council will interview them not only one their backgrounds but their philosophy and their view of reality at Chariho. While I am not mad the previous town council for bypassing me on the school committee appointment won by Preuhs, this appointment is an HIGHLY IMPORTANT one. One in which blind loyalty to Chariho, students, or education, should not be one of them. Bill Felkner’s shoes will be tough to fill!
    I do not know who will apply, but I will try to make a decision before the next town council meeting. It is not that I am not interested, but want to talk to a few people, before I finally decide.
    Do you think Doreen Dolan will apply? She was put on the building committee instead of me. I will always remember the letter from her years ago about my support for the petition to get rid of then Supt. John Pini.
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill HIrst — April 9, 2009 @ 4:21 pm | Reply

  8. Scott,
    Bill Felkner you’re not. Bill Felkner you’ll never be! What are you going to do, bring up the management study at every meeting? That seems to be one of your two issues. That and cut 2 million dollars from the budget.

    Comment by CharihoParent — April 9, 2009 @ 5:12 pm | Reply

  9. I had expected Preuhs to be fiscally responsible and seek educational improvements as I had faith in Mr. Buck, Mrs. Thompson, and Mrs. Capalbo. I wasn’t so sure about Mr. Cordone and I knew Mrs. Kenney would be looking for another Chariho apologist in the mold of Booby Petit, but with 3 Town Council members seemingly committed to reform at Chariho I was very surprised when Mr. Preuhs proved to be a defender of the Chariho status quo.

    I kind of hope Mr. Felkner will consider going back on the School Committee. If this isn’t i.n the cards, then I’ll looking for someone with a philosophy as close to Mr. Felkner’s as possible. I would prefer someone with a similar demeanor as well. Mr. Vecchio has been excellent, but to date he has been more passive than Mr. Felkner. He did make one statement about everything being a “sacred cow” which was very astute.

    It might be too much to ask, but I’m hoping RS will step forward. Or maybe as a dark horse candidate, Mrs. Thompson. Her understanding of the budgets games is better than anyone else I’ve seen. They won’t easily fool her.

    I could live with Mr. Scott Hirst, and he was amazingly prescient when he led efforts to cut the budget by $2,000,000. On the other hand, he served on the Town Council when spending went through the roof, and I assume he was on the Town Council when many of the unneeded police officers were added to the budget. I like the Management Study idea, but I think Mr. Hirst is more like Mr. Abbott with good intentions, but can be fooled and pressured into agreements not in the best interest of taxpayers or children.

    We probably would be better off with Mr. James Hirst. His research skills and his understanding of Chariho’s history are very impressive. I don’t know enough about him to say for sure, but he may lack the aggression needed to combat the bluster of Billy-boob, fat Andy, and little baby Andy.

    As to the rejected budget, I fully expect Chariho to do what they always do and manipulate the process to achieve their goal of increased spending while continuing to offer inferior educational outcomes. The key really is in getting the right people on the School Committee. Until then, enough voters will remain “idiots” and support anything Chariho wants to do. We need to change what Chariho “wants to do” and that change can only come from the School Committee. As we know, every member with connections to the Chariho educational establishment participates and plays along with the administration. Until this dynamic changes, I don’t see any hope for real reform.

    Comment by Curious Resident — April 9, 2009 @ 6:27 pm | Reply

  10. I do hope that the TC is able to appoint someone ASAP! AND that the person they choose is strong, and becomes a member of the SC to serve the best interests of Hopkinton. There is a great deal at stake:

    Comment by Dorothy — April 10, 2009 @ 11:18 am | Reply

  11. I do hope that the TC is able to appoint someone ASAP! AND that the person they choose is strong, and becomes a member of the SC to serve the best interests of Hopkinton. There is a great deal at stake:

    Increases in budget with decreases in students AND revenue
    Questions of how much we will receive for state funding, both in education and building aid.
    Poor test scores, when we pay enough to teach and expect scores at a much higher level
    Increased expectations for “Mommy Schools” intead of learning establishments. We need to have schools teach, and NOT act as an “All in one” vehicle for social engineering, providing health care, an alternative to mom and dad, and a moral compass. Kids need to learn specific values at HOME, and not have schools replace the parents reight and duty to educate their children in social and moral responsibility.

    Comment by Dorothy — April 10, 2009 @ 11:23 am | Reply

  12. My husband George is not fooled by anyone! Nor can he be pressured to vote any way than how he believes. He’s for the Children & the Taxpayers all the time. He’s a quiet guy, don’t be fooled by his quietness. He’s the smartest man I know. Bill is a new commer & personally I think he’s a great guy but there are others who are just as great waiting & willing to fill his vacancy. Our Town Council needs to pick the right person to fill Bill’s seat. Don’t assume the more money spent on Chariho means a better education for our students. Our Son is in Medical School & went to a Private School at under $4,000.00 a year. He received a GREAT Education & was a 4.0 all 4 years of High School. He also attended CCRI during his High School years & at graduation had 16 credits. He was accepted into URI with a Scholarship & also received a Dunkin Donuts Scholarship. How much money is Chariho getting per Student???? Cheryl Abbott

    Comment by Cheryl Abbott — April 10, 2009 @ 1:34 pm | Reply

  13. Dorothy,
    What you’ve said is partially incorrect. Whomever the Hopkinton TC appoints cannot be just for the taxpayers of Hopkinton, they have to be for everyone in the district. It’s exactly that kind of parochial thinking that keeps this district in trouble. It should not be one town versus another town, it should be about the district as whole and what’s good for the district as a whole.

    Comment by CharihoParent — April 10, 2009 @ 3:06 pm | Reply

  14. I disagree. We don’t function like a district and we never have. If we were a district, and we were all paying an equal amount for Chariho, then I think it would be reasonable to disregard town needs, but since both Richmond and Hopkinton are paying far more for the same inferior educational product, then it is entirely appropriate for our School Committee representative to approach Chariho issues from a parochial perspective. All three towns also own infrastructure which is treated parochially by Chariho. From the terrible water at Richmond to the leaky roof in Ashaway, Chariho refuses to act like a district and maintain town infrastructure until it reaches the point where they have no choice.

    Hopkinton families simply can’t afford the same level of educational spending as Charlestown families. Until that changes, Hopkinton’s Town Council would be foolish and doing a disservice to our struggling families to appoint another Booby Petit who could care less about the families of Hopkinton.

    Mrs. Gardiner’s post made me realize an omission, both she or Mrs. Ure would provide excellent representation for Hopkinton on the School Committee.

    I’m not sure who will step forward, but we certainly don’t lack citizens with the right stuff to try and tame the Chariho beast.

    Comment by Curious Resident — April 10, 2009 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

  15. The answer to your question Cheryl Abbott: TOO MUCH!

    Once again CP chooses to blame the woes of Chariho on extraneous factors. Chariho has had a free reign, without oversite and openness most of its life, so to blame a few fiscally conservative members of the SC whom choose openness and transparency is laughable. I guess these problems have only developed in the last couple years then. News to me.

    Comment by RS — April 10, 2009 @ 4:01 pm | Reply

  16. Glad to have you participate Mrs. Abbott.

    I’m sorry my opinion offends you, but what I see, I see. Mr. Abbott has been on the right side on most issues, but on one of the most important recent issues he failed to protect Hopkinton. Correct me if I’m wrong, but Mr. Abbot supported the bond?

    We said here over and over again that approving the bond, regardless of whether it had legitimate components, would have long lasting negative consequences. We’ve already started to see those chickens come home to roost. We now have little chance for tax equity. We either needed Charlestown to leave Chariho or feel the same economic burden as Hopkinton. The bond, supported by Mr. Abbott, virtually assures us that tax equity or Charlestown’s departure will not occur for at least another 20 years. This is hardly in anyone’s best interest, including the children, except for the taxpayers of Charlestown.

    Mr. Felkner is unusual in his willingness to speak up on a fairly regular basis. Quiet, thoughtful people are fine, but Chariho’s School Committee needs someone willing to put it out there on the line at practically every meeting. I watch these meetings and although Ms. Carney’s speaks out forcefully and frequently, and I agree with most of what she has to say, her constituency is Charlestown, not Hopkinton.

    Mr. Abbott fits well if there is someone else leading the charge. When he speaks he is knowledgable and contributes substance, but my observations have been he isn’t a leader. I’m not a leader either, so this isn’t a criticism. Leaders are not common, and this is a good thing…I want to see Hopkinton appoint a leader. Other than perhaps the Hirst brothers (and James Hirst may very well be a leader, I just don’t know), the list of people I’d like to see considered for the School Committee all strike me as forceful leaders. That said, RS isn’t a proven leader and my opinion is based on what he contributes here. Mrs. Thompson, Mrs. Gardiner, and Mrs. Ure have all shown themselves to be leaders in the public sphere.

    I’ll remain disappointed with Mr. Abbott because of his stance on the bond, but he is on the right side on most other Chariho issues…from spending to education. He’s a far cry better than most everyone else on the School Committee. I hope if he has a chance in the future to make up for his terrible decision to support the bond he will do so.

    Comment by Curious Resident — April 10, 2009 @ 4:13 pm | Reply

  17. What about Lois?

    Comment by ARRRR — April 10, 2009 @ 7:40 pm | Reply

  18. Mrs. Buck is too sane and rational, aka “nice”. Think about it…the status quo includes Billy-Boob, Fat Andy, and baby Andy. All three are pompous jackasses, forceful, and part pitbull. Granted baby Andy is more sophisticated, but his style is just as venomous. He’s led the assault on the families in many instances.

    While Mrs. Buck is certainly intellectually up to the challenge, nice hasn’t gotten us anyplace in 50 years. Let’s face it, those trying to change Chariho not only need a pitball, but we need the public to be made more aware. I’m not so sure Mrs. Bucks’ approach will garner much attention and without more support and a public desire to change the make-up of the School Committee, there is no point to fighting the status quo. Mrs. Buck would make an excellent School Committee member when, and if, Chariho gets on the right track.

    All this said, I wouldn’t vocally oppose her.

    Comment by Curious Resident — April 10, 2009 @ 8:06 pm | Reply

  19. CP, perhaps you should remind Mr. Polouski of this as it is always Hopkinton’s fault that we are holding “Charlestown” back. Seems his mind is on Charlestown.

    When Deb Jennings fought last year to control spending, it was because she knew that Richmond was in trouble.

    Mrs. Carney to date seems to act in fairness to all. She wants an excellent product for a reasonable price. She is likely protecting Charlestown’s interests with her desire to post a completely accurate Chariho Act. But, the act represents us all, and she knows through her own withdrawal experience what needs to be in the act to protect all towns involved.

    Mr. Abbott’s response to the bond seemed resigned to the fact that it was a losing battle, so he voted to support it. I don’t agree with that opinion, but that was my impression of his stance.

    Bob and I are civil at all times, but we tend to disagree quite often. He is and has always been respectful of my opinion. My opinion of representation has changed to not support his. (Inequal taxes has swayed me.)

    Mr. Vecchio seems to be concerned about the tax impact on Hopkinton. And until things change, I feel he is in the right.

    Each person, and we are talking 11 people, have their own feelings about who they represent. Separate personalities; separate perspectives. Some can separate themselves from their towns and do what’s best for the tritown taxpayers, and some cannot.

    I agree with CR. If we were taxed equally, then they could represent all 3 towns. Then we could have districts within the district (ie… like our state representatives). The committee could be brought down to 5 members, and competition would be fierce. We could count on them to act like there is no tomorrow. {The only problem is the notion of a taxing district. There are real serious issues with that.}

    Being on the school committee is not in the cards for me at this time. With Tom on the council, his absence puts me in the position to make myself available for our growing children.

    Also, I do not feel that I have the experience. I’m still educating myself.

    Thanks to those who would consider me.

    Right now, my forum is here. This is where I can take the time to research my position and try to support my arguments. I believe that I have made a difference here.

    Also, I think I need a little more fire in my belly. Let me tell you, that has been stoked up the last couple of years.

    Who knows what the future holds.

    I don’t believe Chapter 16 of the RI General Laws spends much time on the need for the SC to be frugal on the budget. I think the tax cap was their attempt. As we have seen, the school committee got around that with a bond. And the towns fell for it.

    Comment by Lois Buck — April 10, 2009 @ 9:59 pm | Reply

  20. Lois,
    I agree with your assessment of the various personalities and I agree with you, we need to share the tax burden district wide. There is no making sense with Andy “uh uh uh uh” P. and Bill “I can’t think straight” Day. If truly believe that they aren’t even for the taxpayers in their own communities. Bill Day certainly isn’t, he’ll throw us all under the bus with this current budget.

    Comment by CharihoParent — April 11, 2009 @ 4:44 am | Reply

  21. IF the person choosen looks out for Hopkinton, then they will be looking out for all THREE towns. Fiscal responsibility, education, and accountability should be on the front burner for all three towns. So, if the Hopkinton SC member looks out for Hopkinton, and the other member towns look out for their towns, we will all be on the same page. Isn’t that what it is supposed to be all about???

    Comment by Dorothy — April 11, 2009 @ 7:09 am | Reply

  22. Hey Dorothy, you forgot the NEA’s definition of “looking out” is substantially different from the “real worlds” definiton. The blinder wearing, agenda motivated, nepotistic SC members don’t care about looking out for the children, more less the tax payers. Let’s watch what comes on the chopping block in the reworked budget. “Proof is in the pudding.”

    Comment by RS — April 11, 2009 @ 9:03 am | Reply

  23. Well Mrs. Buck is out. Mr. Scott Hirst is probably in. Anybody else ready to step forward? Mrs. Gardiner? RS? I don’t want another Preuhs. I hope the Town Council has a strong pool of candidates from which to choose. Will Mr. Felkner stun us all and get back into the game? Whoever takes the seat, I’d like it to be someone not afraid to call an idiot an idiot. Okay, I’ll concede they probably have to be a little more diplomatic than that, but not much 😉

    Comment by Curious Resident — April 11, 2009 @ 12:41 pm | Reply

  24. Special Hopkinton Town Council meeting Monday at 7pm to discuss the SC. Review? “Draft a citizen”, Appoint a new SC member? Lets hope they can get it done PDQ! We need to have a full Hopkinton team on board at the SC meetings! This is a very important time, and we can’t waste any more time without full representation, that’s for sure.

    Comment by Dorothy Gardiner — April 12, 2009 @ 9:31 am | Reply

  25. As we approach another do over vote, The People’s Forum on Saturday, March 1, 2008 under the heading of: In Chariho District, it’s a million here, a million there. . .

    After reveiwing the past 5 years of Chariho District Financial Audits and past and proposed budgets, I have come to some startling conclusions.

    The Chariho School Committee compares proposed budgets to budgets and gives the public a percentage increase. However, when actual expenses are lined up side-by-side to proposed budgets, the percentage varied from 8 to 10 percent.

    For instance, the March 7, 2007, school committee budget summarily listed the general fund budget percentage increase as 3.65 percent. However, when comparing the budget to actual expenses, it was 8.27 percent.
    The year before, the published percentage increase was 5.35 percent, yet budget to actual was 10.11 percent.

    OK,let’s be fair. No one can publish a percentage for a budget to actual when they have not completed that year. However, why doesn’t the budget summary, used every year, provide the completed total actual expenses?

    (Blogger Note where are the Councils in requesting this information?) Is it because the casual observer might conclude the three towns have been overtaxing residents that underestimated revenues and over-estimated expenses?)

    There are many examples of unfornate budgetary planning.For instance, fixed charges have been overestimated by millions and over years. In fiscal year (FY)2006 it was over by $1.2 million or 14 percent. Yet, the school commitee’s next budget had fixed charges 21 percent higher than 2006 expenses. This time, it was off by just under $1 million ($963, 746). Is it any wonder school’s year-end 2007 financial audit posted a fund balance over a million more than Hopkinton’s entire municipal budget?

    We know the school committee has been adopting budgets that have required the towns to increase the amount we pay to Chariho. In 2006 and 2007, these increases, it turns out, were not necessary. Remember when the taxpayers tried to cut $2 million form the budget? They ended up with a surplus of $2.699 million and a fund balance of $5 million.In FY ’07 the balance surplus was over $2.9 million, and the fund balance grew to $6.85 million.

    Think about this. In FY ’05, the general fund expenses were just over $42.67 million. Three budgets later, the school committee’s proposed budget is $9 million dollars higher. Yet, enrollment has fallen to 1997 levels.

    March 4 is primary day (remember this is 2008 article and not 2009) but it is also the date for Chariho’s Annual District Budget Hearing. Anyone living on a tight budget kinows where every dime goes. the school committee should know whether every million is needed or not.

    Sylvia Thompson
    Hopkinton

    (Blogger note, Mr. Scott Bill Hirst, you were on this better than flies on stick in 2005, your only fault was not requesting a bigger cut by $500,000, you had your numbers spot on with your $2 million dollar cut).

    To interject the former Supt John Pini, ( blogger note,Dog and Pini show) as it appeared in Thursdays, Westerly Sun April 6, 1995 on page 7 under the headline of ‘Commitee does its best to find $2 million in cuts’ (obviously not the first time the budget had been cut by $2 million, Chariho Parent).

    As noted only a section of article and not to be taken out of context yet this slice, Since the $2 million cut on March 25, Pini stopped wearing his green and white “Expect the Best” lapel pin.
    This is also more to the article and will blog when the article is clearer under the section cuts.) One of those is Considering budget items mandated by state and federal law, plus items under contract, ther was little to no hope the committee could find $2 million worth of cuts.
    Pini made that clear immediately, reading from a prepared statement in whcih he said, ‘we can’t function with a $2 million cut. Period!

    (Blogger note Couldn’t or Wouldn’t)

    Thank you, Mrs. Thompson, Mrs. Ure and Mr. Felkner, Mrs. Buck and as always Mr. Silks for your contributions. And all those that bring substantive information to the site. Also those other tri town voters committed to open and honest dialogue for all of us voters in the tri town area.

    Article noted in Peoples Forum, Saturday March 1, 2008

    Comment by james hirst — April 12, 2009 @ 7:09 pm | Reply

  26. To follow up on a mention of one Aril 6th article mentioned above is one on April 4, 1995 page 6.

    Under the heading of Board to try to use mandated budget (not authored)

    Wood River Junction-They may decide it’s a futile task of trying to force square pegs in round holes, but the chariho School Committee attempts to find a way to use the $26.2 million budget at a workshop Wednesda, 7 p.m. in the middle school library.

    This will be the first budge meeting since tri-town voters scalped $2 million from the top of the 1995-96 operating plan at the financial meeting March 25.
    If, as some contend, the committee decides that it can not operate the regional school district on $26. 2 million, they will notify each teown and appeal to the state commission of education.

    At $26.2 million, the taxpayers are asking the school administration to operate at $1 million less than the current, 1994-95 budget.
    The crux of the situation lies with the second consecutive year of state aid cuts by the state, resulting in tax burdens on the towns which residents rate excessive to impossible. The $2 million cut was an exclamation mark following a statement that said, “We won’t take any more!”

    That statement may serve as prologue to a long and bitter court fight to restore regional bonuses, aid that Chariho residents believe was promised by the state in the 1980’s when Charlestown, Richmond and Hopkinton were urged to regionalize the entire school system.

    The school commitee is expected to separate line items mandated under state and federal law, then see if there is any slack in other items on which to base reductions.

    Meanwhile, the towns are proceeding with their own budgets, using a pre-$2 million cut figure, and hoping that strategy won’t backfire when the smoke clears.

    Westerly Sun, Not authored, Tuesday,April 4, 1995 page 6.

    Blogger note who ever questioned the cut by Scott Bill Hirst 2005?, what is your say on this cut in 1995 over $2 million and who proposed it. I’m not their in discovering it, maybe you have, bring it on. I will stand corrected.

    Comment by james hirst — April 12, 2009 @ 7:46 pm | Reply

  27. Hi!
    First I need to read all these recent posts. First I am not Bill Felkner, but for someone not in town office at the moment, I did speak and write in his favor PUBLICLY. I also attended the Rhode Island Supreme Court presentation with my brother. Now James R. Hirst is NOT interested in applying for the school committee vacancy, and he has the intellect, knowledge of Chariho, a sincere committment to education, youth, and would be “above average” in regards to his peers there.
    Scott Bill Hirst is NOT perfect. But frankly I have been active through the decades, educated and experienced in politics,government, educated locally, and know local history pretty well. As far as the criticism of being for two issues that is NOT true. However a management study is important because of the REALITY of finances and effectively dealing with the issues. When I make my infamous cut, I had to make a reasonable guess on what information I was able to get. The then Supt. witheld important information from me. The problem is being on a school committee should be more than just going around saying children are the future and education is important. You have a school committee of eleven people. What does each one of them singly bring to the table?
    George M. Abbott is NOT perfect but he is a loyal friend of mine, who I respect and he has a great value system.I suspect if I ever served with him on the school committee we would never always vote the same but I assume often we would.
    Bill Felkner has STATE WIDE stature someting NONE of the current school committee people have, so he is NOT typical of them.
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — April 13, 2009 @ 11:48 am | Reply

  28. Hi!
    FYI, The Ashaway Free Library is having their annual book,bake, and plant sale on Saturday, May 2 from 9:00 A.M.,to 1:00 P.M.,. The library will be closed the day for regular business. KAt Felkner, Bill’s wife BTW is on the board. It was only a few years back, I talked to Bill about running as a write-in for school committee in the library.
    The irony of William J. Felkner is this: He started a think tank that brings a perspective not dominant in Rhode Island thinking, but yet some prominent people have lent their names to serving on his board. He has credibility in the “public square” of Rhode Island thought, that NO other or certainly most Chariho politicians, really has on local government or state wide influence.
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — April 13, 2009 @ 12:59 pm | Reply

  29. Remember your last line, SBH.. Always remember it!

    Comment by CharihoParent — April 13, 2009 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

  30. Chariho Parent,
    You must have an obsession with me! Program on new Ashaway Fire Station addition slated on May 31ST,. Will advise closer to event.
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — April 23, 2009 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

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