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Councilor opposes two-town school debate


I am not enamored with the idea of the Hopkinton Town Council meeting solely with the Richmond Town Council.

There are constructive and positive reasons for it. Leaving Charlestown out of the meeting is questionably not productive. In addition, the Chariho Regional School Committee is left out. Not a positive to get legislation passed in the Rhode Island General Assembly.

In addition, will Richmond entertain the issues Hopkinton has expressed interest in at the recent Chariho Omnibus Meeting?

I do want to address the issue of equal representation on the regional school committee.

No regional school committee in Rhode Island has towns with an equal number of school committee members on it. Chariho School Committee has 11 members, the most of the regional school districts in Rhode Island. However, Chariho is the only three-town regional school district in the state. Our school committee has four members each from Charlestown and Hopkinton, and three members from Richmond.

Following are the regional school districts, with their school committee members in parentheses, outside of Chariho: Bristol (6) — Warren (3); Exeter (4) — West Greenwich (3); and Foster (3) — Glocester (6). Foster-Glocester is only partially regionalized.

I find it of interest that Foster school committee members have two-year terms while Glocester members in the same district have staggered four-year terms. The situation for Richmond at present is not as bad for them, as some other towns in our state in their regional school districts.

This information clearly is not generally known locally.

Scott Bill Hirst

Ashaway

The writer is a member of the Hopkinton Town Council.



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