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Sports Isn't the Only Issue

If parents want to have sports in the middle school, they should have pay for the program.

Boy, I’m not an individual that doesn’t think that sports are not good for our kids. As a matter of fact I coached Little League, Cyo Basketball, and the Mohawks Football. I just wished people would put the same energy that they are in keeping sports in the middle schools, in other areas of our community.

Yes, it is great that we have an out cry of citizens voicing their opinions on the reduction of sports in our schools. I would hope these same individuals would stand up for the other issues we have in our in the schools systems such as the reduction in special education. Individuals getting paid on temporary assignment for years such as the director of special ed. I wonder how much she gets paid per day.

Truly if a parent wants to have sports in the middle school, they should help defray the $106,000 that it cost to run this program.

I hope the citizens that are try to raise funds for these kid do well enough to keep all programs going.

It is about time we hear from the citizens of East Providence and have them stand up for a city that once was an all American City. Yes, November is coming and I hope these same people remember how we got where we are.

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Dermody February 24, 2012 at 03:16 AM
I was a foster child since the age of 4. My mother and father passed away when I was 4 and my siblings and I were each sent to live with different strangers, one in a group home. My brother and I were the only to play sports. My brother went on to an Ivy League school, and I graduated from Wheaton and currently have my own business. My other two siblings did not play sports. One went to jail, the other is homeless somewhere..last I heard from him I was 23 years old. My point. Had it not been for sports and the close connection to my one constant, my coach, I would not be the man I am today. My foster FAMILIES certainly had no interest in footing the bill for sports and i am Thankful they were available to me for free. Before you think the way you think and voice your opinion so loudly, take a walk in another kids shoes my man. It's very easy to see things from our narrow point of view. It's not that we dont care about other issues, but in this demographic (many coming from foster care, or single parent homes) it is DETRIMENTAL to strip sports away at a Middle School age. That's all.
Robert Enos February 24, 2012 at 04:29 AM
I'm glad you have done so well in life and now you can help others so they can play sports also. I might of been the coach that helps kids as your coaches helped you.
JJD February 26, 2012 at 01:58 AM
I didn't participate in sports in school but I did participate in other extracurricular activities. If my family would have had to pay for me to participate, I likely would not have been able to. Not all parents have the money to 'pay to play'. And where does it stop? a special education child costs the taxpayers a lot more than sports does. a couple of children can cost the entire middle school sports budget, should those parents pay more for the special services their child receives? How about for busing, why should parents whose students walk or drive to school defray the cost of children that take the bus?
Joe Botelho February 26, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Anyone who has lived here all their life and been part of the fabric of this community knows that whether it be middle school sports, varsity sports, libraries, band, playground conselors....that as these are eliminated, one by one, the quality of life decreases. But as the budget committee has indicated, this but the tip of the iceberg. They've covered only $10 million of a $30 million hole. We should all be concentrating on saving THE CITY. Unlike Mayor Tavares in Providence, who I'm sure has many of the same political pressures, our leaders have neglected to take the bull by the horns. And we'll continued to get picked apart week by week as another piece of the community is left in the dust.
Cynthia Lachapelle Shannon February 26, 2012 at 03:34 PM
It is against the FEDERAL LAW, Jason, to force families with students who receive special education to pay for services. It's under IDEA; students with disabilities that impact their education are entitled to FAPE - free appropriate public education. On the other hand, I'm all with you on the bussing. I think there should be a nominal fee for bussing, sports and other extracurriculars as well (clubs, etc.). However, special education is not an area you can touch to receive monies from families.
r February 26, 2012 at 06:45 PM
City council worked on what was important to them, tow list , name badges and time clocks. "Mayor" didn't / still doesn't understand the situation, that was obvious with the endorsement of the "Rossi Plan" . O'Keefe must chuckle to himself everytime "mayor" speaks.
JJD February 27, 2012 at 12:29 AM
The point went right over your head Cynthia, my whole point was to demonstrate the absurdity of it, I certainly wasn't suggesting that we should do it!
Bruce Zarembka March 01, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Let's not forget...He is not the "Mayor." He in affect is the head of the city council. Although he thinks he is Michael Bloomberg. Bottomline he wasn't elected to the position (even in ward 2) There was no opposition as it was strategically arranged...all he had to do was vote for himself and he was in. I believe many people are chuckling everytime he opens his mouth.
r March 01, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Yet some people wonder why the State sent in the "suits".
June Coan March 01, 2012 at 06:40 PM
For the folks who say "parents should pay for sports" here's something to think about: they already do. Last time I checked, parents live in East Providence, which means they pay taxes just like everyone else, which that tax money partially goes to the schools their kids attend, and pay for sports. So, parents already pay for sports. Just saying.
r March 01, 2012 at 06:50 PM
They are refering to a user fee. All the school committe had to do was cut something else. School committe is playing "Chicken" with the budget commision. Using middle schoolers as a human sheild. Charlie has already said there is bigger money to be saved. Translation " bigger cuts to come"
davis bacon March 01, 2012 at 08:00 PM
no one is "chuckling" when the mayor speaks. They live in fear that each time he opens his mouth it is only to announce the next self inflicted disaster.
r March 01, 2012 at 08:07 PM
I stand corrected , very good sir.....
Robert Enos March 01, 2012 at 08:09 PM
What about the taxpayers that don't have children in our school system, should their taxes be lowered or adusted?
r March 01, 2012 at 08:22 PM
What about the "private school parents" should they get a credit like the teachers formerly recieved for not taking the health insurance ? Problem is private school parents can't hold the city hostage with 500 member union. School committee is happy that they choose not to use the public school. I'd be curious to see the numbers , enough to fill a small school ?
JJD March 02, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Robert, in that case, do I get a credit everytime I don't put trash out on trash night? Where's my refund for the senior center that I don't use. I haven't called the police this year, can I have a credit back?

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