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    How Summer Recreation Fell Apart

    The issue of summer recreation fees in Tiverton is a good example of what it means not to put the people of the town first. From what can be gathered from the Town Council and Budget Committee meetings at which the subject has come up, it appears that Town Administrator Matthew Wojcik suggested to the Recreation Committee that it should seek to become “net zero,” meaning that its programs should pay for themselves, overall. When it comes to summer recreation, the Recreation Committee decided to develop a whole new program rather than simply finding ways to increase revenue for a long-running one.  From their description at the March 12 Budget Committee meeting, it sounds like the plan was originally to start a new summer camp at the Bulgarmarsh park in addition to the part-time, largely improvised opportunity for children to play with their friends at Pocasset school. With both ideas on the table, Recreation Coordinator Keith Cory suggested combining the two and utilizing the High School and Ranger School, as well.  The old program would disappear, and the price would go from $75 for the whole summer to $100 per week, or $700 for the summer. The most striking thing about the …

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  • Photo of School Committee Killed Full-Day K, but Didn’t Have To

    School Committee Killed Full-Day K, but Didn’t Have To

  • Photo of Recreation Fees and the Financial Town Referendum

    Recreation Fees and the Financial Town Referendum

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