Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Live Reporting: Action Items through Closing

4. Action Items:
a. I recommend budget transfers as detailed.
motion to approve, seconded, passed 6-0

b. I recommend acceptance of a check for $900.00 from the Parmenter PCC for field trips.
motion to approve, seconded, passed 6-0

c. I recommend acceptance of the donations totaling $1,462.00 for the Kitanosono Scholarship.
motion to approve, seconded, passed 6-0

d. I recommend acceptance of checks totaling $2,023.25 from the Oak Street PCC for inhouse enrichment and field trips.
motion to approve, seconded, passed 6-0

5. Information Matters
Superintendent’s Report
Mar 16 - Dr Ruth Potee, scheduled for 7:00 PM at FHS Auditorium
Science Night same night, so much is going on

final office fixes from last year's flood has been resolved
fire and sprinkler systems were all tested during the Feb vacation week
LED lighting is being replaced

Substance Abuse Task Force convened today
article on work done in Iceland on how they have tackled the problem 
the most impressive thing about the task force is the breadth of representation of the community
School physician is also part of this, really helpful to be part of this
SAFE Coalition has been doing good work on the opioid problem but we wanted to address the broader substance abuse issue
hearing the passion of those involved was impressive
looking for high school parents to be involved
send note if interest to Peter Light

School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
Community relations coffee hour Mar 4 at 9, at the Franklin TV studio

School Committee Liaison Reports

6. New Business
To discuss future business that may be brought before the School Committee.

7. Motion to Adjourn 
– Dr. O’Malley

Live Reporting: NEASC visit

Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski, Asst Sup Peter Light

a 2 and 5 year plan will be outlined for the visitors
NEASC Chair will include a session with the School Committee
approx 45-60 minutes for the discussion.interview

teacher interviews and student learning assessment
Welcome reception at FHS

March 13-15 the team will be spending the days at the high school
interviewing, observing, etc.

brief meeting with faculty and administration before the team leaves


NEASC Standards

Core Value Process

Social Emotional Learning - Presentation to Franklin (MA) School Committee

Peter Light
Chandler Creedon
Debbie Dixon
Kate Peretz
Brian Wildeman

not just counseling, focused on social and emotional learning

recognition of the whole team in guidance and counseling

CASEL.org leading group working in the social emotional space Also working with the State however, Franklin was working with them earlier

importance of SEL for success of students
without these SEL skills, students can learning at capacity

if 5% of the students require intervention, what does it say about Franklin schools when we have approx 17% in some form of special education?  

monthly whole school meeting, one piece of the responsive classroom approach is the individual classroom morning meeting

three stages in the approach through the school year

  1. who am I?
  2. what is my place in the world?
  3. How can I make a difference?

approx 18-19 clubs at middle schools, high school has more clubs in addition to the intramural and interscholastic sports programs

"if you can't reach them, you can't teach them"

site used by teachers, clam.calm

zones of regulation, leads to increase control of self and can lead to problem solving

(Bilello arrives at 8:00)

team of four from Oak St nominated for special program in SEL to bring back training to the rest; a nine month program with 15 credits

substance abuse task force being rolled out across the district

check out video embedded in the presentation document above (15 mins)

IST - instructional support team, based in each school
expanding the focus of this team to include SEL

screening and assessment, i.e pyramid shown earlier
when does someone move from tier to tier? still a tool in development
not to rush into screening and assessment

Bergen - can you speak to what more counselors can do at the middle school level?
Creedon - I walked in yesterday with a schedule of things to do and spent the day supporting a student who had some problems and ended up in the hospital. My day completed after 5 when I drove the mothers car to the hospital as she had gone with the student in the ambulence

Wildeman - more staff would allow to be more proactive, currently in a reactionary model  

Bergen - is there part of the process to identify the student that is not getting involved, if involvement is so critical to their overall health and engagement?

Creedon - I had one boy who wasn't getting involved and I asked why, he said there was nothing for me to get involved. I asked what would you be involved in? He said legos. We got a lego set and it went from one kids on a Friday to over 100 a week in legoworld

Light - speaks for diverse programming to ensure a reach for all, need a niche for each student and then work into the areas that aren't their passion

Schultz - thank you for the clarification on what you provide vs. what you could provide, we need to provide the support required

O'Malley -  we need to put forth to the public, the students are full entities, this is the best work I have seen the district has done. guidance is not a passive profession, that is not the traditional view. The parents of our students are fundamental to the success for the students. They are too big a player to be left aside in this discussion. 

Live reporting: School Committee - Feb 28, 2017

Present: Scofield, Douglas, Bergen, O'Malley, Schultz, Bilello (8:00PM)
Absent: Jewell

1. Routine Business
Citizen’s Comments

Review of Agenda
adjustments to Superintendent Search dates

  • Consultants HYA have been receiving applications
  • next School Committee meeting final set of candidates, 7:00 PM on March 14
  • interview set for March 17
  • Mar 20 and 21, final two (or three) presented to Central office and stakeholders with public interview at night (Monday night Mar 20 - public forum)
  • School Committee meeting March 28 - selection of preferred candidate
  • follow by background checks and

Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the February 7, and February 14, 2017 School Committee Meetings.
motion to approve, seconded, passed 5-0

Payment of Bills - Dr. O’Malley

Payroll (2/14 and 2/28/17) - Mrs. Douglas

FHS Student Representatives
1. Nicolas Gnaman
2. Alexander Chitarra

Correspondence: none

Cultural Festival Application Deadline Extended to March 17

The deadline has been extended to March 17! Maybe the luck of the Irish are in your favor ... submit your application today!

The Franklin Cultural District Festival Committee is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the 3rd Annual Franklin Cultural Festival from Wednesday, July 26 to Saturday, July 29, 2017. 

The Festival will take place in various locations in downtown Franklin including: THE BLACK BOX (inside and outside on its stage), the Brick School, the Historical Museum, the Town Common, the Franklin United Methodist Church, and Franklin High School.

To highlight and support all presenters, the Festival Committee is seeking Performing groups/individuals, Visual Artists, and area Restaurants/Food Service businesses to participate in the Festival.
  • Applications are to be submitted by 5:00 PM March 17, 2017

Franklin - Arts Happen Here!
Franklin - Arts Happen Here!

The working draft schedule (locations and times - performances to be filled in)

Franklin Democrats to elect delegates to state convention

Registered Democrats in Franklin will be holding a caucus at the Union Street Grill on Monday, March 13th at 7:00 PM to elect 15 delegates and 4 alternates for the 2017 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, where Democrats from across Massachusetts will gather to adopt a new Party Platform. The convention will be held on Saturday, June 3rd at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell.

"Our caucuses are a great opportunity to strengthen our Party's organization and to welcome new participant who are interested in getting involved in our Party", commented Democratic Party Chair Gus Bickford. "Delegates will be voting on the Party Platform in Lowell, and we want to make sure that every Democrat has a voice in this process. This is a time for all of us to come together and speak to our shared Democratic values."

This caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Franklin and the Democratic Committee welcomes all eligible participants. Any person who is not 18 years of age at the time of the caucus but will be 18 by the 2018 Primary date (September 11, 2018) may pre-register to vote with their Town Clerk. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women, and all ballots will be written in secret. In the spirit of inclusion, youth, minorities, and people with disabilities who are not elected as delegates or alternates may apply to be add on delegates, either at their caucus or on line at www.massdems.com

The Franklin Democratic Town Committee normally meets on the third Monday of the month at the Union Street Grill. 

Facebook image of Union St Grill
Facebook image of Union St Grill

For more information on the caucus or committee, please contact John May at 508-488-9299 or JohnTMay55@gmail.com

Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club - March and April Meeting Changes

The Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club welcomes you to our next monthly meeting. On Wednesday, March 15th our Town Administrator, Jeff Nutting, will be filling us in on all that is happening in our town. Deputy Town Administrator, Jamie Hellen, will be joining him.

Typically, we meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month. We adjusted this month's schedule to accommodate our guest speakers.

Additionally, in order for us to participate in the 20th Annual Franklin Education Foundation Trivia Bee, we need to cancel our April Meeting. Our members will be cheering on our team at the event on Wednesday, April 12th at 6:00pm in the Horace Mann Auditorium at 224 Oak Street. It is a town-wide event open to the public. We'll resume our monthly meetings in May.

Our meetings are open to Members and Prospective Members! Non-residents in towns that do not have a Newcomers Club are welcome to join us.

Come join us at "3" Restaurant, 461 West Central Street, Franklin. Complimentary appetizers and beverages are provided and a cash bar is available. We meet upstairs at 7:30pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. We run our meetings September through May. Additionally, we hold many fun and varied events to stay connected throughout the year.

For more information, please visit our website www.franklinnewcomers.com or our Facebook page Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club.

Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club
Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club

Attention: Franklin Area Sophomores in high school

It’s that time of year again and The Rotary Club of Franklin is interested in community leadership, not only for today but for tomorrow as well.

For this reason, Rotary District 7910 will conduct the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Conference at Fitchburg State University on June 23-25, 2017. The program will be staffed by carefully selected counselors and Rotary leaders.
The Rotary Club of Franklin
The Rotary Club of Franklin

Our objective is to offer outstanding high school sophomores an opportunity to live, work and interact together in an atmosphere of friendly competition. Also, we provide them with a program designed to challenge them to utilize and improve their skills and accept the responsibilities of leadership. Much of the students’ time will be structured with programs including interactive Leadership Labs, exciting guest speakers, and challenging mental and physical activities that will provide them with a chance to excel amongst and with their peers. The greatest benefit may come from sharing this experience with the more than 150 other outstanding young men and women selected from schools and organizations through Rotary District 7910 in Central Massachusetts.

Our Rotary Club is asking your help to spread the word to the young men and women who will benefit most from this experience. They will be selected by the Franklin Rotary first for leadership potential, second for good citizenship, third for their desire to attend the Conference and fourth for scholarship. These characteristics are listed in that order so that latent leaders are not overlooked because of grades. They are extremely important to keep in mind to ensure the success of the student’s experience and the entire program.

The only requirement is that in order to be nominated, the individual must be a student who is currently a Sophomore in high school and in the Franklin area. We send children to RYLA from Bellingham High, Franklin High, King Philip High, Medway High and Tri-County High. 

Applications should be made e-mailed to Julie Rougeau at jrougeau@comcast.net no later than March 3, 2017. 

Our club’s RYLA Selection Committee will then conduct interviews and select the students we will sponsor for RYLA.  

For more information about RYLA or Rotary, visit us online at http://www.ryla7910.org/

The student application 


A flyer that describes RYLA

former FHS Vice Principal Robert Lima

The Franklin 'radar' turns up this news on the unexpected passing of former Vice Principal Robert Lima:

"Robert (Bob) J. Lima, longtime resident of Barnstable, passed away unexpectedly on February 17, 2017 at his winter home-away- from-home in Portugal. He was 64 years old.
He pursued his profession as a town planner and planning consultant in cities and towns across the country, including Chicago, Dartmouth, Nantucket, and the State of Massachusetts. He taught architecture and planning as a faculty member at Texas Tech University. Robert formed a consulting business, the BOSHE Institute, that focused on planning, management of environmental resources, and education. He taught science at Franklin High School, and ended his career as Vice-Principal there."

You can review the full obituary online 

Tri-County Regional Children’s Center: Open House and Registration - Mar 2 and 3

Due to inclement weather earlier this month, Tri-County had to reschedule the Children’s Center Open House:

The Tri-County Regional Children’s Center, located at 147 Pond Street in Franklin, will host its annual Open House and Registration events for the 2017-2018 school year in March.

The first Open House will be held on Thursday, March 2, from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. The second Open House will be held on March 3, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Parents are encouraged to bring their children so that they can participate in many of the same activities they’ll enjoy as preschool students.

The preschool program is open to children who are three years old by September 15, 2017, and no older than five years old by December 31, 2017. Sessions are held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:50 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. The cost is $36 per week.

Tuition is subject to change. A $25 non-refundable fee is due at the time of registration. Parents or caregivers must bring their child's birth certificate to registration.
Image from the TCC webpage
Image from the TCC webpage

Enrollment is limited to residents of the 11 towns within the Tri-County district, which includes Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham. A random drawing of names will be held to determine enrollment.

Under the direction of three instructors, Michelle Tilden, Lisa Oxford and Dina Taylor, each of whom possesses extensive training and experience, high school students in Tri-County’s Early Education Program plan and implement the curriculum for the center’s preschool program.

To learn more, please call the school at 508-528-5400 or visit the center’s website, tcchildrenscenter.com

Monday, February 27, 2017

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Feb 28, 2017

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.

"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which
may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed
and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent
permitted by law."

the key to learning
the key to learning

1. Routine Business
Citizen’s Comments
Review of Agenda
Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the February 7, and February 14, 2017 School Committee Meetings.
Payment of Bills Dr. O’Malley
Payroll (2/14 & 2/28/17) Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
1. Nicolas Gnaman
2. Alexander Chitarra
Correspondence: none

2. Guests/Presentations
a. Social Emotional Learning Presentation – Peter Light & Debbie Dixson

3. Discussion Only Items
NEASC Site Visit – March 12 – 15, 2017

4. Action Items:
a. I recommend budget transfers as detailed.
b. I recommend acceptance of a check for $900.00 from the Parmenter PCC for field trips.
c. I recommend acceptance of the donations totaling $1,462.00 for the Kitanosono Scholarship.
d. I recommend acceptance of checks totaling $2,023.25 from the Oak Street PCC for inhouse enrichment and field trips.

5. Information Matters
Superintendent’s Report
School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
School Committee Liaison Reports

6. New Business
To discuss future business that may be brought before the School Committee.

7. Motion to Adjourn
– Dr. O’Malley

This was shared from the Franklin School Committee webpage

“The Adolescent Brain and the Physiology of Addiction” - Mar 16, 7:00 PM

The SAFE Coalition Community Conversation series continues on Thursday March 16th at 7:00 PM, when nationally recognized addiction expert Dr. Ruth Potee will speak on “The Adolescent Brain and the Physiology of Addiction”. The program will take place in the Franklin High School Auditorium. You can view the Milford Daily News report on the event here.

The event is being co-sponsored by the Public Schools of Franklin and Medway, Mike Morrissey and the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office, the Offices of Representative Jeffrey N. Roy (10th Norfolk District) and Shawn Dooley (9th Norfolk District).

Board certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine, Dr. Potee is a physician with Valley Medical Group in Greenfield, providing a full scope of family medicine with special interests in women’s health, pediatrics, addiction treatment, psychiatric illness, and pain management.

Since 2013, she has co-chaired the Healthcare Solutions of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and North Quabbin. As a school physician, she has provided training and curriculum for school nurses throughout western and central Massachusetts on adolescent substance abuse and addiction. Additionally, she is the medical director for the Franklin County House of Corrections, a position she assumed in 2014 that oversees care for 300 inmates in the county.

Dr. Potee's talk will focus on the impact of substance use on the adolescent brain and strategies parents may employ to assist their children in making healthy decisions.

Thursday, March 16th 2017

Thursday, March 16th 2017

Thursday, March 16th 2017
Franklin High School
Open to the public

  • Describe the pathways on the brain related to addiction
  • Understand the current opioid crisis and community impact
  • Understand the relationship of adverse childhood events and health outcomes such as addiction and chronic pain

Franklin Library: Gardening With Native Plants: why it matters

Gardening With Native Plants: why it matters
Event Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Led by Claudia Thompson of Grow Native Massachusetts

Learn about the importance of native plants to local ecosystems. The talk starts with the concept of co-evolution between plants and animals, then explains how to create a healthy habitat in our own gardens and managed landscapes. In between, we discuss the differences among native, naturalized, and invasive plants, and their effects on ecological communities. 

We explore the food web that links plants to insects, to birds, wildlife, and humans — and give examples of “cool” ecosystem relationships. 

A detailed case study illustrates the conversion of an urban garden from a conventional landscape to a largely native one, and the resulting impact on birds and wildlife. By the end of the program, you will “get” why this issue is so important and understand what you can do about it.

image from http://www.grownativemass.org/
image from http://www.grownativemass.org/

Franklin Lions: Paint Party - Mar 18

The Franklin Lions will be hosting a paint party on Saturday, March 18 at Muse Paint Bar, Patriot Place, Foxboro. 

Tickets are $45 each which include food and non-alcoholic beverages. A portion of the ticket sales will be going to the Franklin Lions Scholarship Fund

Tickets must be purchased in advance at: https://events.musepaintbar.com/index.php/welcome/edit/26795

 Tickets must be purchased in advance
Tickets must be purchased in advance

Register O'Donnell Promotes Foreclosure Assistance Programs

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Promotes Foreclosure Assistance Programs

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell reminded homeowners who are in the midst of struggling to pay their mortgage or are facing a foreclosure that there are consumer programs available to help them out.

Register O'Donnell stated, "During the past several years, our office has partnered with reputable agencies by promoting their services when it comes to mortgage modification and foreclosure issues. Consumers can contact either the Quincy Community Action Programs at (617) 479-8181 x-376 or NeighborWorks Southern Mass at (508) 587-0950 x-46

Another option would be the Massachusetts Attorney General's HomeCorps program at (617) 573-3333. These agencies provide a range of assistance from helping with the mortgage modification process to providing legal services to stave off a foreclosure as well as offering several forms of credit counseling. Additional information can be found on the Registry's website, www.norfolkdeeds.org under the Support tab."

The Register also had a cautionary warning for consumers. "It's important to seek the right source for your needs such as a non-profit or state agency as cited above. Unfortunately, foreclosure rescues and mortgage modification relief are becoming a growing scam. Some unscrupulous private companies look to charge consumers outrageous prices for services and make unrealistic promises to them."

During the past few months, a statistical review showed that there has been a relative decline in foreclosures, particularly Notice to Foreclose Mortgage filings - the first step in the process. "With that said," noted O'Donnell, "we realize that while Norfolk County is a destination location to both live and work, there are still some of our neighbors facing economic hardships. During the month of January, there were 30 foreclosures recorded at the Registry and 41 Notice to Foreclose Mortgage filings initiated against homeowners."

Register O'Donnell concluded, "The Registry is unequivocally committed to helping those facing a mortgage delinquency or foreclosure by directing them to the appropriate agency that can hopefully put them back on the road to financial recovery. I urge people who feel that they need such services to contact the agencies referenced above."

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at facebook.com/NorfolkDeeds or follow us on twitter.com/NorfolkDeeds and Instagram.com/NorfolkDeeds.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High Street, Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. Residents in need of assistance can consult the Registry's website www.norfolkdeeds.org or contact our Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101.

Register William P. O'Donnell
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

phone: 781-234-3336
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, 649 High Street, Dedham,, MA 02026-1831

Sent by registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org in collaboration with
Constant Contact
Norfolk Deeds webpage

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Mar 1, 2017

The published agenda and documents for the Franklin Town Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 1, 2017

(Note: where there are active links in the agenda item, it will take you to the associated document)

A. Approval of Minutes
February 15, 2017 Meeting Minutes
B. Announcements
This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting may also be recorded by others.
C. Proclamations/Recognitions(none scheduled)
D. Citizen Comments
Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to five minutes on a matter that is not on the Agenda. The Council will not engage in a dialogue or comment on a matter raised during Citizen Comments. The Town Council will give remarks appropriate consideration and may ask the Town Administrator to review the matter.
E. Appointments
Franklin Cultural Council
F. Hearings(none scheduled)
G. License Transactions - 7:10 PM
1. BJ's Wholesale Club - Transfer of License
2. Alumni Restaurant - Change of Beneficial Interest, Transfer of Stock
H. Presentations/Discussions(none scheduled)
I. Subcommittee Reports(updates provided during meeting as necessary)
J. Legislation for Action
1. Resolution 17-08: Amendment to the 2017 Town council Meeting Schedule (Motion to Move Resolution 17-08: Majority vote - (5))
2. FY 2017 Capital Plan
3. Resolution 17-09: Appropriation Purchase of Fire Truck Replacement - Engine #3 (Motion to Move Resolution 17-09: 2/3 vote (6))
4. Resolution 17-10: Appropriation Capital FY 17 (Motion to Move REsolution 17-10: Majority vote (5))
5. Resolution 17-11: Appropriation Water Enterprise Capital FY 17 (Motion to Move Resolution 17-11: Majority vote (5))
6. Resolution 17-12: Appropriation Sewer Enterprise Capital FY 17(Motion to Move Resolution 17-12: Majority vote (5))
7. Resolution 17-13: Salary Schedule Full-Time Elected Officials (Motion to Move Resolution 17-13: Majority vote (5))
8. Resolution 17-14: Transfer from Water Enterprise and Rescing Borrowing Authority (Resolution No. 14-16 Appropriation Funding Sources) (Motion to Move Resolution 17-14: Majority vote (5))
9. Resolution 17-15: Supplementation of Prior Resolutions of the Town Authorizing Borrowing to Allow for the Application of Premium(s) Received to Project Costs (Motion to Move Resolution 17-15: Majority vote (5))
10. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 17-786: Storage Facility Bylaw - 2nd Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw 16-786 - Roll Call - 2/3 Majority vote (6))
K. Town Administrator's Report(updates provided during meeting)
L. Future Agenda Items(updates provied as necessary)
M. Council Comments(updates provided during meeting)
N. Executive Session(not scheduled)
O. Adjourn
You can also find this agenda on the Town of Franklin page

The single PDF for the agenda and associated document can be found

sunrise in Franklin Friday morning overlooking the Country Club from Russet Hill Road
sunrise in Franklin Friday morning overlooking the Country Club from Russet Hill Road