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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Time out for parents

HOPKINTON

Give it a rest, Paul.

That’s the message parent Paul Dietz says he is getting from the Hopkinton School Committee, which last week voted to change its rules on public comment at its meetings.

Dietz says that he is being targeted because he regularly attends meetings and regularly brings up topics that some members don’t want to hear about.

The father of three says he is more concerned now that the change will limit other residents from participating in their children’s education.

School Committee Chairwoman Rebecca Robak says the change, which limits comments to the beginning of regular meetings and asks any resident to notify the board 48 hours in advance of their intention to speak, is only meant to keep meetings running efficiently.

The all-volunteer committee is hoping to keep meetings to two hours instead of letting them run to four, which they have in the past. “We’re not by any means trying to curtail public comment,” says Robak, who also encourages residents to contact members by phone or email.

-– Lisa Kocian

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