Friday, August 12, 2016

In the News: parking plan approved by Town Council, school improvement plan approved by School Committee

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The Town Council gave its final approval this week to three new traffic bylaws - including one that eliminates parking meters from downtown. 
The council considered the bylaws at its Wednesday night meeting, though it had already approved a first reading of the regulations at a previous session. Town officials had proposed the changes as the area nears the end of a two-year roadwork project. 
There was dissension about the removal of the meters, as councilors had said they did not wish to lose the revenue they provided. 
Chairman Matthew Kelly read a letter from the Franklin Downtown Partnership, though, that espoused the move. It said local merchants agreed that the area was better without the meters, and that it fit with the charm of the new road design."

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new greenery added downtown
new greenery added downtown

"The School Committee this week approved a district improvement plan, though committee members asked for more communication on progress toward goals.
The committee discussed the matter at its Tuesday night meeting.
Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski said the new plan compares where the district is with where it wishes to be and includes steps to move toward that goal. 
Among the goals, said Sabolinski, are nurturing a safe, supportive and collaborative environment; focusing on curriculum instruction and feedback from student assessments; and helping student develop the skills - social and career-oriented - to help them achieve success. 
One objective, Sabolinski said, involved refining the professional culture in the schools. She said the district wanted to take a collaborative approach in improving instruction, adding that educator-to-educator feedback was an especially powerful tool in doing so."

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