HOPKINTON – Members of the Hopkinton Town Council have a host of issues they would like to discuss at the annual Chariho Omnibus meeting, including the future of two elementary schools in the town and the potential elimination of the TE@CH program.
The council made a list and their meeting Monday night of issues they would like to discuss at the Omnibus meeting to be held Jan. 15.
Council President Frank Landolfi said he met with Superintendent Barry Ricci, Richmond Council President Joseph Reddish, Charlestown Council President Tom Gentz and Chariho School Committee Chair William Day last Saturday.
The group discussed opening the Chariho Act to eliminate the clause requiring children to matriculate to the school within the town in which they reside, even if a neighboring town’s school is closer.
Landolfi said this is an issue, which the school committee plans to address at an upcoming meeting.
“In some respects, I think it makes sense,” Landolfi said. “If you live closer to one school, why deal with the long bus ride? But when you have two kids in two different schools, it gets dicey.”
Councilor David Husband agreed that moving students to the closest school is an issue he would also like to see discussed.
“I don’t have any problem with moving students to the closest school,” he said. “If they can go to the middle school or the high school, I don’t see any reason why they couldn’t go to the closest school. It’s a cost saving measure.”
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