Monday, August 26, 2013

Franklin Public Schools: important message 8/26/13

If anyone happened to see the News at 6:00 PM today, this is the official schools statement from Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski


Franklin Public Schools
Office of the Superintendent


August 26, 2013

A serious allegation of misconduct by a Franklin High School teacher was brought to the attention of the administration within the Franklin Public Schools.  The administration was devastated by hearing of this allegation and we acted immediately. Upon learning of this allegation, a report was made to the Franklin Police Department and the Franklin Public Schools is cooperating with the Police in this regard.  Also a report was made to the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF).  Additionally, the Franklin Public Schools administration immediately initiated its own comprehensive internal investigation.  Our School Counsel initiated the investigation last week. We are committing our full resources to investigating and responding to these allegations. 

The alleged incident is disturbing and does not reflect the expectations we espouse as a school district or as a community. We are committed to ensuring all of our students are safe, both physically and emotionally.  These allegations demean the professionalism of all educators and are inconsistent with School Committee policies and community norms.  Franklin Public Schools is fully committed to supporting students and families who have been impacted by this incident.

Due to the confidentiality rights of all involved, we are unable to comment further on the particulars of the alleged incident or our resulting investigation. The individual involved in this allegation is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.  Be assured that the safety and security of all students in the Franklin Public Schools always remains our highest priority.  We will continue to work closely with relevant agencies and to take any appropriate actions in response.  We will ensure that this investigation is conducted thoroughly and with complete understanding of our obligation to uphold our public duty to our students. Our focus and mission at this time is to protect the confidentiality of our students as we open school for the 2013-2014 school year.

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