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WOOD RIVER JUNCTION - Richard Vecchio, formerly of the Chariho School Committee, has resigned. In a letter sent to the Hopkinton Town Council last week, Vecchio outlined his reasons for his decision.
â€śIt is simply because I have lost all respect for my fellow committee members,â€ť the letter reads. â€śMost are wrought with conflicts of interest and are self serving. This is a fact. I now understand why many good and well intentioned people donâ€™t bother getting involved in public service.â€ť
â€śHowever,â€ť it continues, â€śI am confident that the school district is in good hands with Barry Ricci and Carol Blanchette at the helm.â€ť
Ricci is the superintendent of the district and Blanchette is the assistant superintendent.
Vecchioâ€™s last meeting was on Jan. 10. At that meeting, the council voted to implement a calendar for the 2012-13 school year consistent to what has become the normality, as opposed to a different school calendar that Vecchio had previously introduced to the council.
Vecchioâ€™s new calendar idea consolidated two week-long vacations during the second half of the year to one week-long vacation, and had the school year end a week earlier. Many teachers came out to that meeting to oppose Vecchioâ€™s proposed calendar.
â€śThat was not the reason I resigned,â€ť Vecchio said, â€śbut it was the straw that broke the camelâ€™s back.â€ť
â€śI think from his perspective, he didnâ€™t feel supported by the committee,â€ť said Supt. Ricci, â€śand that was the icing on the cake.â€ť
Most teachers that spoke at the Jan. 10 meeting cited a longer span of time between December and March without a break, making new arrangements with children, and a longer summer which could lead to a lower learning retention rate, as reasons for opposition to the new calendar idea.
Vechhio resigned the next week.
For more information, pick up a copy of The Chariho Times.