RICHMOND — At last week’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 district’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 “no intention whatsoever of closing any of (Chariho’s) elementary schools.”
“Part 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,” he said. “Hopkinton has one school that is 85 years old and the other is about 60 years old. Richmond was built in 1935. Charlestown’s is somewhere around 60 years old.”
Cardoza added,“If you look at our budget, we’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 – the principal, the assistants, the front office staff and that doesn’t the teachers or anybody else. There’s a lot of duplication.”
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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