Wednesday, January 17, 2018

In the News: STEM learning at the YMCA; snow/ice budget status; candidates for new DESE commissioner

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

"STEM learning doesn’t usually come to mind when thinking about the YMCA, but in Franklin, they’re changing the rules. 
The Bernon Family Branch of the Hockomock Area YMCA is taking a stab at STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) with a new technology lab, club and after-school program. 
“We saw an opportunity to take a lead,” said Executive Director Scott Martin. “We found a way to offer this to kids who did not have access to it before.” 
With programming to 3D print design, the YMCA’s tech lab is a vibrant place to keep the mind engaged, but still have fun."

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"With two months remaining in the winter season, snow and ice budgets from nearby municipalities are being chipped away because of the persistent cold. 
Though all towns have access to emergency funds in the events of the budget runs dry, the monetary concern is still there. 
Total: $950,000
Spent: $500,000
Remaining: About $400,000
“It’s New England, we’ve come to expect this,” said Deputy Town Administrator Jaime Hellen. “Our team is prepared and we’re ready to tackle any challenge. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”

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"The superintendent and receiver of the Lawrence school system and educators from New York and Texas are the finalists to become the next education commissioner in Massachusetts, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced Monday. 
Lawrence receiver Jeff Riley, Penny Schwinn, chief deputy commissioner of academics for the Texas Education Agency, and AngĂ©lica Infante-Green, deputy commissioner of the Office of Instructional Support P-12 in New York State Education Department, will be interviewed next week by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. 
The board hopes to recommend a candidate to Education Secretary James Peyser later this month.

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