'Add Middle School Sports to the Basic Education Plan'

A letter to state representatives was written by Chrissy Rossi, a school committee member.

This letter was submitted to state representatives by Chrissy Rossi, a school committee member.

Dear Representative Helio Melo, Representative Bob DaSilva, Representative Jack Savage, Senator Frank DeVall Jr. and Senator Daniel Da Ponte,

I am writing to you on behalf of the children of East Providence who are about to lose their Middle School Sports Programs.

The Budget Commission has line item cut Middle School Sports right out of our budget. Not only does this decision contradict Chapter 16-2-9 of the General Laws of The State of RI but, it will directly and adversely impact over 400 children in the City of East Providence.

For a great many of these children, their participation in athletics is the only reason they keep their grades up. They work hard to achieve good grades so that they can maintain their spot on the school team.

The cost for Middle Schools Sports is only $106K. It is barely a fraction of one percent of the City’s total budget. It certainly is not going to be the savior of our financial problems. These children did not create the problem yet; they are the ones losing out. I do not feel that it is prudent to try to balance the budget at their expense. 

Last week, over 200 people showed up at City Hall to show their support for Middle School Sports. Parents, Children, City Leaders and State Representatives all came together to try to prevent this tragic result. This group is growing in numbers by the day and will rally again on Tuesday night at the City Council Meeting. They will also be attending the next Budget Commission Meeting on Thursday. I am asking for your support to help save the Middle School Sports Programs for our City. Please advocate for us at the State level and let Rosemary Booth Gallogly and Michael O’Keefe know that you too support our young athletes. 

I would also ask that you please introduce legislation in this session that will add Middle School Sports to the Basic Education Plan so that these programs will never have to be in jeopardy again. They mean so much to so many children in our community and enhance the total student experience.


Chrissy Rossi
East Providence School Committee Member

Kevin Oliver February 27, 2012 at 11:07 PM
@ Jessica.... I took a moment or 2 and I thought about what I could do to help my City like you asked. My answer was simple vote against all the incumbants. Their B.S. and broken promises were enough for me to see it. The fact that Mr. O'Keefe is even here is a damn shame. This current administration had every chance to find the money needed to fix the citys problems, but didnt. Big bad Charlie tells the ProJo he knows where there is money, yet didnt dredge it up when needed. Katie.... well she has been absent through this whole ordeal. As the liason between the City Council and the School Committee you figure she would have more to say about this subject, and a little less about why she lied during her campaign about taking insurance. Enough is enough people of East Providence, we may lose school sports in middle schools not because of O'Keefe, but because our own lazy politicians.
1 Truth Seeker February 28, 2012 at 12:40 AM
How much is the Budget Commission costing the tax payers of East Providence? It is going to be like CF and cost millions....
Kevin Oliver February 28, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Veteran I'm starting to believe the Fire Department turned you down when you applied there
Veteran February 28, 2012 at 04:10 AM
I have never applied to the Fire Department, I wouldn't feel right saving lives then destroying lives with the bill. The firefighters are rubbing the taxpayers nose right in it. The public safety noose!!!
Rumford Resident February 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Our 'elected' officials are doing nothing but playing to the same dopes who elected them in the first place. The ones who thought 'recess' was being taken away. I am not applauding them. I am holding them accountable to GOVERN. Which they had a year to do and failed! Thank you budget commission Instead of telling our teens that they are losing sports, perhaps this is a lesson that we shouldnt be borrowing from THEIR future incomes and their kids, and we are making difficult decisions to spend what we can afford. And a lesson that 'Townie Pride' was a crock. It allowed the city to get to where we are today. Broke, with schools in disrepair, and no money for 'the kids'. Once again, thank you Budget Commission. I honestly don't know how Mr OKeefe puts up with a moron like Bruce Rogers. But if there is an individual who can not be intimidated and has the taxpayer in his watchful eye it is him. Thank you!
r February 29, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Good thing all those private school kids don't show up to be educated. You'd be building another school. Your overall test scores would be higher . Parents of the private schoolers are voting with their check books and sending the kids elsewhere for school.
S February 29, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Chrissy : explain your statement --- Not only does this decision contradict Chapter 16-2-9 of the General Laws of The State of RI but, it will directly and adversely impact over 400 children in the City of East Providence. You make no sense what so ever, do you think we are stupid? Get over yourself
lunnst March 01, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Lynn Vargas, you are the nosiest person in our neighborhood. You are always in everyone's business. If you are running for the senate seat don't let Rogers run your campaign like the last time, because you could never beat us. You are a 3x loser you backed Larissa-Republican, Lynn Vargas- you the Republican and George W Bush- Republican. You should of listened to your husband and stayed out of politics, but then again your husband is a good guy who didn't want to put up with this political bs and a better man for putting up with you. Frank we love you and what you have done wish that you would reconsider senate seat please. Lynn I do have to give you some credit you are a horrible at politics but you are a good at changing oil. You can always go to the dentist to get those teeth looked at maybe that would improve your smile unfortunately I don't think it would improve your politics. .
lunnst March 01, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Lynn are you going to the Mayer Roger's fundraiser, I heard that is where going to announce that you were running for the senate seat? Wondering who your date to that is going to be maybe Coogan,or Larissa or both this should be interesting. Oh by the way you should just use your real name on the patch and stop hiding behind the "Rumford Resident" your giving Rumford a bad name like you almost did in Riverside but Thanks to Frank Devall for stopping you.


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