Coun­cil­lor Richard’s strange dis­clo­sure

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It started when Stanstead Coun­cil­lor Michelle Richard’s hus­band asked coun­cil in last Mon­day’s coun­cil meet­ing to ad­dress it in the first ques­tion. It was fol­lowed by a pre­sen­ta­tion of a new schol­ar­ship of­fered by Stanstead Col­lege, funded only for Stanstead students by an anony­mous donor, and a pro­gram to tu­tor lo­cal kids at the Youth Cen­tre. The assem­bly was be­fud­dled to say the least.

Only those aware of the ru­mours float­ing around had an idea where this was lead­ing. The said schol­ar­ship had been awarded to Mrs. Richard’s son. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Stanstead Col­lege then told the few cit­i­zens present that the schol­ar­ship had been ad­ver­tised on the col­lege’s web site. Asked by this news­pa­per if a press re­lease had been is­sued to an­nounce this new schol­ar­ship, we were told that the col­lege used to ad­ver­tise its bur­saries but doesn’t any­more as peo­ple don’t seem to read news­pa­pers any­more. A few coun­cil­lors seemed un­aware of the sit­u­a­tion, yet the town gen­eral di­rec­tor ad­mit­ted that he had talked to the town lawyers about the is­sue.

Ac­cord­ing to the Richards, they came across the schol­ar­ship this sum­mer when a Chi­nese woman cus­tomer asked them about lan­guage cour­ses at the Col­lege. They went to the In­ter­net and

found out about the schol­ar­ship then. They ap­plied and their son got se­lected. They ad­mit­ted that he was bound for the Servites in Ayer’s Cliff be­fore be­ing awarded the schol­ar­ship.

The schol­ar­ship, up to 75% of full tu­ition which this year is at $20,000, is tax­able. So a tax­payer would add $15,000 to his tax bill, a hit of around $8,000. Asked by the Stanstead Jour­nal if a poor kid could re­ceive a true full schol­ar­ship, the Col­lege said that maybe this could hap­pen.

Coun­cil­lor Michele Richard at last Mon­day’s coun­cil meet­ing.

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