Sunday, March 3, 2024

Joint Budget Subcommittee Meeting starts discussion on Preliminary Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) Budget Model - “We’re All in this Together”

Joint Budget Subcommittee Meeting
(Members of the Town Council, School Committee, and Finance Committee)
March 6, 2024 = 7:00 PM

Meeting will be held at the Franklin Municipal Building 355 East Central Street - 2nd floor, Council Chambers

Agenda
1. Town Administrator’s Preliminary FY25 Budget Model
a. Town Administration Memo  
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/joint_budget_subcommittee_memo_2.pdf
b. Committee Charge  
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/joint_budget_subcommittee_memo_2.pdf
c. FY25 Revenue & Control Sheet  
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/fy25_control_sheet_budget_model.pdf
d. February 13, 2024 School Committee Budget Discussion Slideshow  
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/feb_2024_school_committee_budget_update_0.pdf


Town Administrator Jamie Hellen writes:

"The Perfect Storm has arrived. In anticipation of the March 6th meeting, we have prepared a preliminary Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) budget model based on the information we have to date. The deficit, established from initial assumptions in the budget model, is $10.095 million or just a hair under $10.1 million. 
FY25 Budget Process Update
We have met with every department and received preliminary assessments from outside entities (Animal Control, MECC, CRPC District, Retirement Board, etc.) that are reflected in the town's budget.
We have included Governor Healey’s H1 budget numbers into the model which represents a $76,782 decrease in local aid, however we do not expect any substantial increases in local aid by the end of July. Although the legislative session ends July 31st, we expect the FY25 state budget will last deep into the summer, thus we should not expect an avalanche of additional state aid to arrive to solve any of these financial pressures. Furthermore, the Chapter 70 formula and how it relates to Franklin has been well documented and discussed for many years. We need to keep this in mind as we continue budget discussions. 
In the coming weeks, line items will continue to be altered as new information becomes available through mid-April when our formal budget is released, tentatively scheduled for April 12, 2024. The Finance Committee budget hearings are May 6th (General Government, Culture & Recreation, Senior Center, Benefits, Debt/Interest, etc.), May 8th (Public Safety, Public Works, Inspections) and May 15th (Education). Town Council budget hearings are May 22nd and May 23rd. 
We will present a new five year fiscal forecast with the April 12th budget submission. 
Please visit the budget website for the process and archival budget materials"

The full agenda and supporting docs can be found ->   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/agendas/joint_budget_subcommittee_meeting_agenda_-_march_6_2024.pdf

 

Joint Budget Subcommittee Meeting starts discussion on Preliminary Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) Budget Model - “We’re All in this Together”
Joint Budget Subcommittee Meeting starts discussion on Preliminary Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) Budget Model - “We’re All in this Together”

Master Plan & Subcommittee meetings for Week of March 4


Master Plan-Land Use & Zoning Subcommittee
Event Date:  Monday, March 4, 2024 - 7:00pm

CSFC Subcommittee
Event Date:  Wednesday, March 6, 2024 - 5:15pm

Master Plan Committee
Event Date:  Wednesday, March 6, 2024 - 6:30pm

Housing and Economic Development Subcommittee
Event Date:  Thursday, March 7, 2024 - 5:00pm
agenda not yet posted

Master Plan & Subcommittee meetings for Week of March 4
Master Plan & Subcommittee meetings for Week of March 4


In this Chalkboard Chat session, we talk of the School Budget as released for the Feb 13 School Committee Mtg (audio)

FM #1150 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1150 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares my recorded conversation with Franklin School Committee Chair Dave Callaghan. We had our conversation in person at the Franklin TV Studio on Monday, February 26, 2024. 


The School Committee had their regular meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2024. We recap that meeting in our discussion. 


Recall that Tuesday, a snow storm was forecast, school canceled, the meeting went virtual and the snow didn’t fully come to pass in the amount expected.


Topics:

  • SAFE Coalition Overview - Jennifer Knight-Levin

  • Budget Overview

  • Costa Rica Field Trip Proposal

  • Italy Field Trip Proposal

  • Joint Budget Subcommittee of March 6 starts the formal process to develop the FY 2025 budget


The recording runs about 43 minutes so let’s listen to my “chalkboard chat” with School Committee Chair Dave Callaghan. Audio link -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1150-chalkboard-chat-02-26-24



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Contact info for Dave Callaghan  callaghand@franklinps.net 


School Committee page => https://www.franklinps.net/district/school-committee 


2/13/24 meeting Agenda doc  ->  https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/agendas/scagenda_2-13-24docx.pdf 


Meeting packet folder ->  https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/pages/february-13-2024-school-committee-meeting-packet 


Franklin TV video for replay ->  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpgZMxaUY0I 



The “Chalkboard Chat” image was the result of a joint collaboration with Mickayla Callaghan. Thank you!


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In this Chalkboard Chat session, we talk of the School Budget
In this Chalkboard Chat session, we talk of the School Budget

Franklin TV: The MIAA Bracket Reveal

For High School Sports – This is a Big Event

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 03/03/2024

I ended last week with:
“ Saturday: 7:30am call time. Prepare to go live – statewide – with our first MIAA bracket reveal programs. Several other PEG studios will carry our programs live. “

I’m pleased to report that in a ‘first’ at Franklin.TV, working with MASSLive.com and MIAA (Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association), our studio was connected across the state via several other PEG facilities, and over the internet via YouTube LIVE. We conducted two one-hour broadcasts hosted by Meredith Perri of MASSLive, along with Franklin.TV’s Jay Horrigan and Pete Royce. Thanks to Jim Clark and Steve Dubzinski at MIAA for their work on the stats and brackets.

In the studio, L to R: School Sports Historian, Michael Richard, Jay Horrigan and Meredith Perri interview a student athlete. Chris Flynn is at the studio controls.
In the studio, L to R: School Sports Historian, Michael Richard, Jay Horrigan and Meredith Perri interview a student athlete. Chris Flynn is at the studio controls.

All in, more than 3,000 folks statewide; athletes, athletic directors, coaches, and others, tuned in to Franklin.TV or their local cable station, or they watched online via YouTube Live to see the MIAA results immediately as they were released.

Events like this are also opportunities to produce more challenging ‘reach’ projects that advance our studio capabilities and staff skills. We’re already planning more technical updates to facilitate and improve our future Live MIAA events.

Let the word go forth – from MIAA.

Thanks for listening to 102.9 wfpr●fm. 
And – as always – thanks for watching.

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In case you want to watch the Hockey show ->   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewhCmw602g4

or the Basketball show ->  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBbJxr0MHbQ


Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) online  http://franklin.tv/programguide.pdf   

FHS boys hockey tops Weymouth to advance to Elite 8 in playoffs

Josh Perry, Managing Editor of HockomockSports.com, provides the FHS boys hockey win recap:
"In 2014, Franklin made the jump from Div. 2 to Div. 1. The Panthers were a perennial power in D2, but there were questions about whether they would be able to compete with the speed and physicality in D1. That winter, Franklin faced Weymouth in its opening playoff game and earned a comfortable 7-2 win.

Jump forward a decade and the Panthers, now an established D1 contender every year, again welcomed Weymouth to Pirelli Veterans Arena, this time for Saturday night’s Sweet Sixteen matchup, and the result was very nearly the same.

Behind a hat trick from Dylan McEvoy, three points from Ben Paterson, and 27 saves from Colby Wagner, Franklin skated to a 7-3 victory and a spot in the D1 quarterfinal.


Xaverian plays Saint John's in Gm 51: 3/3 3:30pm at: Canton Ice House. The winner of this game will then face Franklin (TBD)

FHS boys hockey tops Weymouth to advance to Elite 8 in playoffs
FHS boys hockey tops Weymouth to advance to Elite 8 in playoffs


Norfolk Deeds wishes the Town of Franklin a Happy Birthday! (video)

Norfolk Deeds (@NorfolkDeeds) posted Sat, Mar 02, 2024:

"Happy Birthday to the Town of Franklin, Incorporated, March 2, 1778. The Town of Franklin was named after United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin.

Follow the link to watch Good Deeds: History Comes Alive, Franklin Public Library. https://t.co/a5bmZ4TkA3  or ->
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHCJUQDye2Y

@TOFranklinMA


Shared from -> https://t.co/FUgmoDqyWp


High School Experience registration opens for incoming FHS 9th graders (video)

"High School Experience (HSE) registration for FHS Class of 2028 is OPEN! August 6 & 7.  
Register at franklinlifelonglearning.com (Chhose "Summer Programs, then High School Experience")"

Shared from -> https://twitter.com/FPSHealthPE/status/1763587620796325971

Video link -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3-Xyacb8RE

Direct link to register -> https://reg.learningstream.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0079-0003-38403f3586ed4cfb8ce7ec4ee6f4c09a


The library has events for those school half days coming up in March

"Looking for something to do in the afternoon of a half-day? We’ve got you covered! Join us for the following programs!"

The library has events for those school half days coming up in March
The library has events for those school half days coming up in March

Hot Table in Franklin is donating ALL sales to the Franklin Food Pantry - Mar 5

Franklin Food Pantry (@FranklinFoodPan) posted Thu, Feb 29, 2024:

On March 5, @Hottable in Franklin is donating ALL sales to the Franklin Food Pantry. 
Head over for a delicious panini, salad, and more while supporting The Pantry. 
Don't forget, March 5 is an early release day for @FranklinPSNews  #franklinma https://t.co/Xdng1629nY

Shared from -> https://twitter.com/FranklinFoodPan/status/1763283235016942056

Hot Table is so new, the franchise webpage doesn't have the direct link yet. Stil says "Opening Winter 2024"  https://hottable.com/locations/

Hot Table in Franklin is donating ALL sales to the Franklin Food Pantry -  Mar 5
Hot Table in Franklin is donating ALL sales to the Franklin Food Pantry -  Mar 5


Saturday, March 2, 2024

Free Hands Only CPR Class - March 20, 2024

CPR Class - March 20, 2024

This class teaches participants how to recognize cardiac arrest and act quickly and effectively to perform hands-only CPR in order to save a life. This class is for educational purposes only and participants will not receive CPR certification.

Please join us in the Franklin Fire Training Room at 40 W Central St, Franklin MA.


Shared from -> https://www.franklinma.gov/home/news/hands-only-cpr-class-march-20-2024

Free CPR Class - March 20, 2024
Free CPR Class - March 20, 2024

Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, Mar 5 at 7 PM

Franklin School Committee
March 5, 2023 - 7:00 PM
Municipal Building – Council Chambers


A G E N D A

“The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.”
Call to Order Mr. Callaghan
Pledge of Allegiance
Moment of Silence

I. Routine Business
A. Review of Agenda
B. Payment of Bills Mr. Callaghan
C. Payroll Mr. McNeill
D. FHS Student Representative Comments
E. Superintendent’s Report

II. Guests/Presentations
A. Superintendent’s Recommended FY25 Budget

III. Discussion/Action Items
A. Policy - First Reading
I recommend moving policy CA - Administrative Goals to a second reading as
detailed.

IV. Discussion Only Items
A. none

V. Information Matters
A. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
B. School Committee Liaison Reports

VI. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from your February 13, 2024 meeting as
detailed.
B. JF Kennedy Gifts
I recommend acceptance of two check totaling $1471.50 from the JFK PCC as
follows:
$125.00 for Field Trips
$1346.50 for Supplemental Supplies
C. Parmenter Gifts
I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $1970.00 from the Parmenter
PCC for field trips as detailed.
D. FHS Scholarship
I recommend acceptance of a check for $5,000.00 from Thomas A. Wagner for a
FHS Scholarship as detailed.
E. FHS Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $93.01 from Ohiopyle Prints, Inc. for
supplemental supplies as detailed.

VII. Good of the Order

VIII. Citizen’s Comments

IX. New Business
To discuss any future agenda items

X. Adjournment

The agenda doc contains remote participation info

Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, Mar 5 at 7 PM
Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, Mar 5 at 7 PM

Empty Bowls Club is hosting a FREE open studio bowl-making - March 9

The Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club is hosting a FREE open studio bowl-making event for kids (age 7+), adults, and families on Saturday, March 9 from 10 am to 12 pm at Franklin High School.


Participants will create ceramic bowls for the 9th Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry taking place on May 23. All materials and instructions are provided. The event is open to the public. An adult must accompany children under the age of 10.


Space is limited. Donations for The Pantry will be accepted during the event. Current high-priority needs include cereal, assorted cookies and crackers, toothpaste, gluten-free shelf-stable items, pet food, and baby wipes. Click here for the full list of our current needs: https://www.franklinfoodpantry.org/get-involved/pantry-needs/


Please reach out to Jen Johnson, Major Gift Coordinator, at jjohnson@franklinfoodpantry.org for more information.


Empty Bowls Club is hosting a FREE open studio bowl-making - March 9
Empty Bowls Club is hosting a FREE open studio bowl-making - March 9


FHS boys basketball top Bridgewater-Raynham to advance in playoffs



Boys Basketball = Division 1
#30 Bridgewater-Raynham, 57 @ #3 Franklin, 78 – Final 

Ryan Lanigan, founder and Editor-in-Chief of HockomockSports.com, provides the game recap:
"Bridgewater-Raynham delivered its best shot in the second quarter of Friday night’s Division 1 Round of 32 matchup at Franklin — but it still wasn’t enough. 
The Trojans had a masterful shooting performance in an eight-minute stretch, going a perfect 6-for-6 from three-point land and shooting 77% from the floor to the tune of 26 points. 
Yet, when the halftime buzzer sounded the third-seeded Panthers still held a five-point lead.
 
Franklin not only kept that lead throughout the entirety of the second half, but the Panthers expanded it all the way to a 78-57 win over #30 Bridgewater-Raynham."
Continue reading the recap (subscription required)
https://hockomocksports.com/franklin-boys-basketball-withstands-hot-shooting-b-r-advance-tourney/

– For a Photo Gallery from this game
https://hockomocksports.smugmug.com/2023-2024/Winter-2023-2024/Franklin-Bridgewater-Raynham-Boys-Basketball-03-01-24


Franklin vs Putnam Vo-Tech - Gm 55: 3/6 6pm at: Franklin



FHS boys basketball top Bridgewater-Raynham to advance in playoffs
FHS boys basketball top Bridgewater-Raynham to advance in playoffs


Rausch Report: Leaping Ahead (February 2024)


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Dear Friend,

Happy Leap Day! The Senate marked the occasion by leaping into a formal session to once again pass the Healthy Youth Act, a bill that codifies critical updates to schools' sex and relationship education curricula (more on this below). February may be short on days but it's long on legislative strides and district activity, including constituent meetings, numerous legislative and in-district events, and shepherding my legislative portfolio even closer to the finish line. 

  

This month is also Black History Month, which the Senate celebrated by welcoming a permanent bust of Frederick Douglass to the chamber in a memorable unveiling ceremony. Among the distinguished speakers in attendance was Dr. Noelle Trent, President and CEO of the Museum of African American History, who spoke about Douglass' life, work, and connections to Boston, where his legendary oratorical career began. This bust of Douglass, complementing his quote on the chamber's back wall and the first bust to be added to the chamber in 125 years, recognizes a true founding father of the civil rights movement and our nation. It was a privilege to be present for the unveiling. This month also marked an important milestone on the legislative calendar: Joint Rule 10 Day, the deadline for all bills to receive a committee report or an extension. I'm proud to say that 22 of my bills have been reported favorably out of committee so far and are advancing through the legislative process! The Senate already passed one of my bills earlier this term and another 18 are still moving through the committee process. Our legislative portfolio is achieving great success.

As Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources, I have been hard at work in partnership with my House Co-Chair Dan Cahill, issuing reports on more than 300 bills by the February 7 deadline. The bills we reported out favorably cover a wide range of policy areas, from wetlands protection to hazardous waste management to air quality and water access equity. 

Read ahead in this month's Rausch Report for legislative updates, a roundup of district events, a call for nominations for Women's History Month, a look ahead at upcoming youth engagement opportunities, and more. 

For real-time updates, please follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. If you are a constituent and need assistance, please don't hesitate to call me and my team at (617) 722-1555, email me at becca.rausch@masenate.gov, or attend upcoming office hours. We are here to help.     


Yours in service,  

 
Senator Becca Rausch   

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Our mailing address is:
The Office of Senator Becca Rausch
Massachusetts State House, Room 215
24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133

`Cinema 80’ Feature Films Continue (Free) - A trip to the Moon

Silent Saturdays start at 6 pm on each Saturday of the month (except the last): Chris Leverone, a videographer and graphics artist from Franklin, has directed promotional and fundraising videos, and is currently a producer at Franklin TV. He developed this program of films in cooperation with the Franklin Senior Center.

  • March 2 - A trip to the Moon and other short films by Georges Méliès.
Méliès was a pioneer of special effects, using elaborately painted sets and "trick" photographic techniques to entertain some of the first movie audiences at the turn of the twentieth century.

March 2 - A trip to the Moon
March 2 - A trip to the Moon

Community Relations Subcommittee - Mar 4 at 5 PM

Franklin Public Schools - Franklin School Committee
Community Relations Subcommittee
March 4, 2024 - 5:00 PM


Municipal Building - 3rd Floor Training Room

A G E N D A
"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."
● Review of March Newsletter draft
● Follow up on previous meeting open items


Agenda doc contains remote participation info ->

Community Relations Subcommittee - Mar 4 at 5 PM
Community Relations Subcommittee - Mar 4 at 5 PM