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RICHMOND â€” At last weekâ€™s Chariho School Committee meeting, Robert Cardozo, a school committee member from Richmond, floated the idea of a single Chariho elementary school that would replace the districtâ€™s four.
In a telephone conversation this week, Cardozo explained why he put the idea on the agenda.
Cardozo prefaced his remarks by saying he had â€śno intention whatsoever of closing any of (Charihoâ€™s) elementary schools.â€ť
â€śPart of what we do on the committee, or what I think we do on the committee, is to start to look forward a little bit,â€ť he said. â€śHopkinton has one school that is 85 years old and the other is about 60 years old. Richmond was built in 1935. Charlestownâ€™s is somewhere around 60 years old.â€ť
Cardoza added,â€śIf you look at our budget, weâ€™re going to spend $1 million a year just on elementary schools in the capital budget. By the same token, each of those elementary schools costs us about $400,000 in administrative costs â€“ the principal, the assistants, the front office staff and that doesnâ€™t the teachers or anybody else. Thereâ€™s a lot of duplication.â€ť
Cardozo said that the district would save approximately $1.2 million in administrative costs each year if it had one elementary school instead of four; to that he added the $1 million each year for fixing and maintaining the buildings,and about $400,000 for oil, propane and electricity. His total savings came to approximately $3 million per year.
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