RICHMOND – The Richmond Town Council regrettably accepted the resignation of Michelle Cole from the Chariho Regional School Committee Tuesday.
Cole had served on the school committee for five years including a stint as chair. The council noted that she would be missed.
She cited her family’s schedule as the reason for her resignation.
“It’s gotten to a point where it involves taking someone somewhere every night,” she said Wednesday of her family’s schedule. “Come September, I wasn’t going to have the time to devote to school committee anymore.”
Her term runs through November 2016 so the town is currently seeking a new Richmond representative to fill the vacated spot for the remainder of Cole’s term.
In related school committee and town council business, the council heard a presentation from Robert Cardozo, Richmond school committee representative, on recent school committee activities.
Cardozo told the council that in the next budget cycle, he won’t support a budget that’s “any less than half a million less” than the current operating budget.
Cardozo said he has identified about $500,000 in cuts that the school committee could make to the budget that won’t affect Chariho students.
He began by saying that the projected Richmond Elementary School enrollment in the fall is 452 students. He said the projected enrollment in Hopkinton, where there are two elementary schools compared to the one in Richmond, is 414 students. Cardozo said $150,000 could be saved if there was only one principal.
He also said another $150,000 could be saved on the RYSE School director, saying that because there are less than 50 students enrolled in the school spending that amount of money on a director was “not equitable.”
For the rest of this story and more local news, pick up the August 8 issue of the Chariho Times.