Friday, October 31, 2014

In the News: Best Buddies, civil service

School officials recognize the challenge in having younger students take part in a Best Buddies program, but believe the pairings will help foster respect and tolerance - values that will prove important as students mature. 
The district already has chapters within the middle school and high school, and pending approval from Best Buddies Massachusetts, it would become the first in the country to offer the program to students during all points in their primary and secondary education. 
“As a district and learning community, we value inclusion, and by supporting friendships, collaborative relationships and connections among our elementary students we can change perceptions, values and beliefs of children as they mature into middle school and high school students,” Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski wrote in an email.
Continue reading the article in the Milford Daily News here (subscription maybe required)

The Town Council’s vote eight months ago to remove future fire department hires from the civil service process was never valid, and union leaders say they only learned weeks ago that the system remains in place. 
Apparently the town did not follow the proper procedure under state law for removing a department from civil service. 
To revoke civil service, cities and towns must take the same steps they did to adopt it, or petition the state Legislature to pass home-rule legislation, according to the Massachusetts Municipal Association.
Continue reading the article in the Milford Daily News here (subscription maybe required)

My notes on the meeting Feb 12,2014 can be found here

Franklin Fire Dept - Station #1
Franklin Fire Dept - Station #1

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