Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Live reporting: School Committee - July 16, 2013

Present: Douglas, Donahue, McIntyre, Rohrbach, Mullen, Trahan, Jewell
Absent: none

School Dept: Sabolinski, Goodman

Vision Statement
The Franklin Public Schools will foster within its students the knowledge and skills to find and achieve satisfaction in life as productive global citizens.

1. Routine Business
Citizen’s Comments 


Review of Agenda

Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the June 25, 2013 School Committee Meeting.
motion to accept minutes, seconded, passed 7-0

Payment of Bills Mrs. McIntyre
motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

Payroll Mrs. Douglas
motion to accept minutes, seconded, passed 7-0

FHS Student Representatives

Correspondence: None

2. Guests/Presentations
a. None

3. Discussion Only Items
- Van Pool Update

Sabolinski recapping service that had been provided by a vendor, looked for a new vendor to see if the service could be improved. Van Pool from Worcester area, looking to expand to the MetroWest area. Focused on service to students, the vans were in excellent shape, conducted due diligence, shared routes and currently evaluating that savings may be around $80,000 by going alone instead of using the prior service through the collaborative. Will be hosting a day at Parmenter to introduce the service to the parents, students to the new company and equipment being used. Some of the runs will be more efficient and effective than previously used. Should be off and running Aug 1 with new company and new contract.

Were paying an overhead that didn't cover the discount provided. 

A student in a wheel chair was sent in a separate vehicle and incurring a separate charge previously. Now, the student will be combine with others going to the same place hence more efficient.

- Enrollment Update

as of Apr 270 enrolled, 309 now, an increase of 39
births in the town are down significantly, lower birth rate over the next 5-6 years
anticipated not just here but elsewhere due to the economy

Jefferson grade 4 highest needs, Oak St grade 4 and others in this category

Q - on how the class sizes are being addressed.
A - 2 students are currently unassigned, one likely to go to Jefferson for the 4th grade, principals meeting weekly to plan and review the numbers and student details

Kennedy 5th had large class sizes as it has moved through the school
Elementary principals are talented ar working together, effective at advocating for their school but they are good collaborating with each other to make a good decision for the district

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