Tuesday, February 5, 2019

In the News: Superfan at Benchmark Senior Living; health costs help drive school budgets

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

Superfan at Benchmark Senior Living
"Even when he was on the field, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was always present at Benchmark Senior Living, thanks to one superfan who witnessed four Super Bowls while working for the organization. 
Program Director Lois Abramo unfailingly places her life-size cardboard cutout of Gronk in the main room any time the Patriots play, both for good luck and to remind her of the eight years she spent working for the team. 
The Norfolk resident and past season ticket holder worked at the Patriots Hall of Fame museum at Gillette Stadium from 2010 to last May. She coordinated field trips, provided tours and had the chance to meet many of the players. 
Many people, she said, don’t know the museum exists, though busloads of students on field trips come through the doors nearly every day."

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health costs help drive school budgets
"Massachusetts residents have become accustomed to watching local school budgets increase over the years. 
The annual growth -- somewhat routine -- is typically chalked up as reasonable, and there’s not much pushback in a state where education performance repeatedly ranks No. 1 in the nation. 
One of the most notable drivers of cost, however, is something not typically found in a classroom -- health insurance. 
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or DESE, tracks school expenditures each year, including public funding, grants, private donations and revolving accounts."

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Reminder: The School Committee is hosting their 2nd Annual Legislative Forum Tuesday evening at Horace Mann Middle School at 7:00 PM to discuss school budget issues and what the State House is doing on the legislative front to help.

screen grab of rising health care costs for school budgets
screen grab of rising health care costs for school budgets

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