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Finlay To Resign From School Committee

School Committee member Richard Finlay will resign at tonight's meeting.

Framingham School Committee member Richard Finlay will announce his resignation at tonight's (Dec. 19) meeting.

Finlay has accepted a new job, and will resign his seat effective tomorrow, Dec. 20.

In 2009, Finlay was elected to a one-year seat on the committee. In 2010, Finlay was re-elected to a three-year term.

Assistant Superintendent of Schools . Hiersche may name an interim assistant superintendent of schools at tonight's meeting.

The last resignation of a School Committee member took place in 2009. In May of 2009, then Town Meeting member Carol Phalen was appointed to replace Phil Dinsky, who resigned. Phalen was appointed to the School Committee by a majority vote of a School Committee and Board of Selectmen at a joint meeting.

Below is an excerpt from the statement Finlay will read at tonight's School Committee meeting.

"Tonight will be my last meeting as a member of the school committee as I will be resigning my seat effective tomorrow.

I have accepted a new job with hours that will not allow me the time to continue to effectively serve on the board.

By doing this now, it will allow people the opportunity to get on the ballot for the upcoming spring election (April 3) and to run for the remainder of my term which would be through April 2013.

It has been a pleasure serving on this committee with such dedicated people who are willing to put in all the long hours that we do working on the best educational program in place with the financial backing that we get from a town that has always supported education

As a lifelong resident and one who has also had the opportunity to go through the Framingham school system, I am very proud to say that we have been a part of building and supporting the district.

I would also like to thank the Framingham school district as a whole and all the many employees who make this such a wonderful place for our children. You should be proud of what you do and I thank you for your dedication o the children and the district."

Joe Rizoli December 20, 2011 at 05:12 AM
Must be a slow news day. He's leaving just in time for the School Committee to have English Language Learners suck more money out of the School system and the taxpayers for the children of Illegal Immigrants for full day kindergarten. Mo Money Mo Money. Just think, new teachers who speak two or more languages will be the priority for jobs over those teachers who just know English.....What a country. Joe Rizoli
Bob Berman December 20, 2011 at 12:15 PM
Ricky, thank you for your service to the community, it is greatly appreciated.
Ryan December 20, 2011 at 01:39 PM
I find knowing more than language is necessary for describing how I feel about Mr. Rizoli and the hateful, omnipresent taint he leaves behind on all news Framingham related.
J. K. Rastani December 20, 2011 at 02:15 PM
Richie Finlay has been a wonderful addition to the School Committee and will be missed greatly. I especially liked the way that he spoke up when he felt things could be handled in a better way. Thank you Richie for serving the community so admirably.
Jim Rizoli December 20, 2011 at 03:38 PM
Ryan....The Rizoli's are the only ones telling the truth in this town. Sorry you don't like the news. We speak out when the town does good and chastises it when it does bad. Hmmmm...Lets see now.....Taxes are going up, we're going be soon hiring teachers that will have to speak two or more languages, and the cost of educating the children of illegal aliens is over 20 million per year. My water bill has doubled.....yup things are looking up for this town, and we're the bad guys....go figure! What are the big talking points here....taking walks around pickle park (Farm Pond) fishing there, and all things that take you mind off the real issues. So I'm curious???? What is the good news, that we should know? Jim@ccfiile.com
Kim Poness December 20, 2011 at 03:50 PM
I'll take that as an unfair, unwarranted, and undeserved slam to me with regard to fishing and walking around Farm Pond. Those are the good things I see in my life, and I refuse to downplay them just because so much in this town is falling down around us. I tried to start commenting on ALL issues - good and bad. I don't think talking about the good things is taking away from any real issues. Congratulations - you have officially insulted me. Thanks for that.
Bob Berman December 20, 2011 at 03:50 PM
Yawn.
Kim Poness December 20, 2011 at 03:58 PM
Nice. Really nice. Thanks Bob.
Jim Rizoli December 20, 2011 at 04:24 PM
Kim....My apologies, it wasn't meant as an insult to you directly... My point is this town refuse to deal with the real issues. Time for a pow wow... jim@ccfiile.com
Joe Rizoli December 20, 2011 at 05:54 PM
Ryan no last name, if you really feel great about me give me a call, the phone number is on the CCFIILE.com web site. As to what I said, it isn't "hateful" unless the latest news about the School Committee and its decision to do something about full day kindergarten upsets you and teachers are laid off so bi-lingual teachers can be hired then be hateful to the town not me. Apparently you can't see into the future. As to Farm Pond, it is a real gem in the town, I mean a GOOD gem, but you do have to be careful there. Not sure I'd want to walk the back way from the tracks to the Fountain St area alone even as a man. But it is a beautiful area. The whole Cushing Farm Pond area was done real nice. Joe Rizoli
Kristen Nason December 20, 2011 at 06:13 PM
Ricky, Thank you for your service to this town! I'm sure we will be hearing from you in the future. Best wishes to you and your family!
Bob Berman December 20, 2011 at 07:15 PM
Kim, my post was not for you. Sorry for the confusion. It was for the 13 billionth post by the dynamic duo telling us that everything is the fault of our immigrant population. It's old, and getting boring to hear.
Jim Rizoli December 20, 2011 at 10:03 PM
Bob....As long as WE keep paying for it the way we are it will never get "old". You probably will be very old and poor by the time it all catches up to you. It's only old to those that refuse to take a stand against it and start looking out for the interest of the American Citizens. What's not going to get "old" is the money its going to cost us every year and we're getting a good glimpse of it as we see how many of the kids here can't speak English. That figure is the canary in the mine, too bad no one is noticing the canary is grasping for breath. Jim@ccfiile.com
Michael Moore December 21, 2011 at 02:12 PM
Thanks for your service Mr Finlay. Good luck in your new job. Do the Rizoli brothers think they are smarter than everyone else? Are they exceptionally bright guys? Do they think they've figured something out that no one else has, and that they need to tell us about it over and over again? Isn't it more likely that they're the village idiots?
Jim Rizoli December 21, 2011 at 02:56 PM
Michael Moore (like that is your real name) LOL The Rizoli's have pegged this town spot on. We've been here longer than most people to observe the whole picture. If our views have been implemented in this town starting 10 years ago I would guarantee we wouldn't be in the financial fix we are in today. Are we bright guys? Just well informed. If we are the village idiots then who are you and your gang that continue to allow the same of crap to go on and on. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and getting the same results....So who are the insane ones? No us! Jim@ccfiile.com

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