Wednesday, April 12, 2017

In the News: Ahern signs contract; House budget increases local aid

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"In a brief ceremony during the committee’s regular meeting, members voted unanimously to approve and sign a contract with Ahern, currently an assistant superintendent in Holliston. 
Chairman Kevin O’Malley and Ahern signed the document, formally naming her as the next leader of Franklin Public Schools. 
O’Malley said the meeting was a momentous one, congratulating Ahern. 
“Your coming with us was much welcomed,” he told her. “We’ve been looking forward to it.”
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"Addressing healthcare, local aid and the state’s long-term financial health are among the priorities House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey listed in unveiling his committee’s $40.3 billion Massachusetts budget proposal for fiscal 2018. 
“It is fiscally responsible with targeted investments in programs and services our constituents need,” Dempsey, D-Haverhill, said Monday. 
Municipal governments and public schools would see increased funding from the state under the spending plan, which calls for $164 million more in local aid over the current fiscal year, a 2.7 percent increase. 
Chapter 70 aid, the main form of state funding for public school districts, would top $4.7 billion, an all-time high. That would provide $30 more per student than the fiscal 2017 budget. Gov. Charlie Baker’s budget proposal, by comparison, would have increased Chapter 70 funding by an average of $20 per student."

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