Friday, July 8, 2016

In the News: Police Chief Lynch, drought conditions continue, charter school funding

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"After 20 years with the Franklin Police Department, Thomas Lynch has ascended to the force's top job. 
As the new chief, Lynch - who was sworn in on June 22 - is looking to continue the department's history of ensuring the town's safety while increasing its visibility and accessibility. 
"We must be doing something right" to be listed among the nation's safest towns, Lynch said. "But we still have work to do - we can't sit on our laurels, and the community constantly changes." 
Lynch said he has been meeting with officers to establish a new set of goals and mission statement."

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Franklin Police, 911 Panther Way
Franklin Police, 911 Panther Way

"Though there is a good chance for heavy rain today, Friday and possibly into the weekend, the region is officially experiencing drought conditions. 
A report issued today by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows most of Middlesex and Worcester counties as well as all of Essex County in severe drought conditions. The weekly report had previously listed most of MetroWest and central Massachusetts as being abnormally dry or experiencing moderate drought conditions."

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"The Legislature's final budget now being reviewed by Gov. Charlie Baker significantly underfunds the state's commitment to reimburse school districts for the cost of students who attend charter schools, giving anti-charter school expansion forces fodder for their fight against a ballot question this summer. 
The Save Our Public Schools Campaign, a coalition that includes the teachers unions and organized to oppose the charter expansion ballot question, plans to target Baker on Thursday to bring pressure on the governor to find a way to boost support for local districts."

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