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Only makes sense to push back the dismissal deadline

February 18, 2011

As some of you are well aware, it can be very trying to remain knowledgeable and, perhaps above all, aware of the many doings of the government. Many times, it can feel like a second job trying to keep up with all the happenings in your town or region, never mind the entire state or country. Trust us, we know this all too well.

With that in mind, we realize that some issues can, for (rarely) better or for (mostly) worse, some issues can slip through the cracks. Now more than ever this tends to occur as the state's focus is maintained on the still down-and-out economy.

But consider this, for example, on the federal level: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse was able to introduce a bill to reduce the volume on certain television commercials. As some of you already know, that legislation passed and, as such, the FCC has to act accordingly to ensure that some commercials aren't going to annoy us doing our view experience.

With all the bigger issues plaguing our state and country, why was any attention given to such a trivial, foolish issue as this and not one with wider, more important implications?

A rhetorical question, we know. But please humor us, especially as we dive into a matter that could be so easily resolved that it's to the point of absurdity.

As we reported in the second half of this week's article on the Chariho Regional School District's proposed budget, the contracts of 45 teachers and two administrators were not renewed at last week's School Committee meeting.

This might seem like a big to-do to anyone who hasn't followed the school district's actions over the years. But, as Superintendent Barry Ricci has made clear to us, this is a ritual that Chariho must go through every year because of the way the state law is written surrounding dismissals.

Per state law: “Whenever a tenured teacher in continuous service is to be dismissed, the notice of the dismissal shall be given to the teacher, in writing, on or before March 1 of the school year immediately preceding the school year in which the dismissal is to become effective.”

Read more in this week's The Chariho Times.

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