Wednesday, March 29, 2017

In the News: Ahern contract is near; school budget funding not sustainable

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

"The School Committee is in the midst of negotiations with its pick for superintendent, with officials hoping to see progress in the next couple of weeks. 
Committee Chairman Kevin O'Malley said the committee's preferred candidate, Holliston Assistant Superintendent Sara Ahern, had accepted the offer to succeed Maureen Sabolinski, who is retiring at the end of the school year. 
The committee, O'Malley said, must now negotiate a contract with Ahern and conduct a background check on her. 
"We expect no trouble with either," he said, adding that he expected a signed contract in the next week or so, or within the next few weeks at the latest. "We're fortunate to have someone as capable as Dr. Ahern."

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"The town's schools presented a $60.2 million proposed fiscal year 2018 budget to the public Tuesday night, though officials said the revolving funds used to balance it are being depleted. 
The proposal represents an increase of $1.8 million - or 3 percent - over the 2017 budget. District officials cited healthcare costs and special education transportation as among the items that drove the budget higher. 
Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski said the budget would have the district maintain level services, and did not include a reduction in staff. She said some elementary school staff might be moved around, depending on enrollment figures. 
District Finance Director Miriam Goodman said salaries and healthcare costs account for about 86 percent of the proposed budget. The town is expected to receive about $28 million - around 47 percent of the proposed amount - through Chapter 70 state aid. In the proposal, schools would spend $6.3 million from district revolving funds."

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