This is in response to the Westerly Sun article of Friday, Jan. 25, titled "Chariho has lots of questions for its legislative delegation," by Cynthia Drummond. The recent Chariho omnibus meeting was the perfect opportunity to have local state legislators present to discuss issues other than the school budget. Not all state legislators were present, but I note not all School Committee members were present, either, including some from Hopkinton. One reason I have a problem with the omnibus meeting is it only has the budget on the agenda.
The School Committee wants to meet with state legislators at its Tuesday, March 12, meeting. The timing is not the best. At that point it is around the middle of the session. In addition, the General Assembly rules require unanimous consent usually, after a time that month to submit legislation. But I think there is a practice to let legislators submit some legislation after that point?
I am not pleased the current proposed school budget does not have an outside management study. That type of study would be a great tool, if used wisely on decision-making. I acknowledge the town council in Hopkinton's concern with the proposed school budget. I appreciate the efforts especially of Frank Landolfi, our town council president, regarding the proposed school budget.
I have requested having the four members of Hopkinton's delegation to the Chariho School Committee come to the second town council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19 (there is no meeting on the third Monday because of the Presidents' Day holiday), to discuss school-related issues. They have not been contacted yet. It will be on the agenda for our upcoming town council meeting on Monday, Feb. 4, to send a letter of invitation to them to come our second meeting.
As always Hopkinton residents can contact me at (401) 360-4603 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scott Bill Hirst
The writer is vice president of the Hopkinton Town Council.