Wednesday, November 18, 2015

In the News: MCAS 2.0, Clerk recount Thursday, Sen Spilka visits Franklin, Methodist Church events

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

After test-driving the PARCC exam for two years, Massachusetts will instead opt for a new hybrid exam beginning in 2017. 
“This is going to be one of the most important policy decisions I think any group in the commonwealth will make for many years to come,” Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Chairman Paul Sagan said. 
The board voted 8-3 Tuesday to adopt Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester’s proposal to develop a new standardized test that incorporates elements of both PARCC and MCAS. Chester touted the new exam as a “next-generation MCAS” and “MCAS 2.0.”

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The votes cast in the town election earlier this month will be recounted Thursday to definitively name the winner of the town clerk race. 
Current Town Clerk Deborah Pellegri said candidate Diane Padula-O'Neill has formally requested the reconsideration after coming up 32 votes shy in the Nov. 3 count. 
The recount will take place at 10 a.m. at the Franklin Municipal Building, Pellegri said.

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State Sen. Karen Spilka visited the Franklin Downtown Partnership office recently, viewing the progress being made on the Downtown Roadway and Streetscape Improvement Project and discussing the FDP’s work on a number of downtown initiatives. 
Franklin Downtown Partnership Executive Director Lisa Piana and Planning and Community Development Director Bryan Taberner reviewed the Streetscape construction project’s progress to date. They also shared plans for new development and improvements to the downtown, such as a new retail building, park, and Horace Mann statue at the corner of Emmons and West Central streets.

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Franklin United Methodist Church, 82 W. Central St., will host the following Christmas events.
  • Caroling: 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6.
  • Quiet time service, or Blue Christmas service: 7 p.m. Dec. 17.
  • Christmas Pageant: 10 a.m. Dec. 20.
  • Christmas Eve services: 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. Dec. 24.
For information, call the church at 508-528-1092.

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