Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Franklin Election 2019: What does the School Committee do?

While the Town Council approves the overall Franklin budget including the school district, the oversight of the school district is the sole responsibility of the School Committee. They hire the Superintendent, who in turn is ultimately responsible (1) for the hiring of all the other school personnel and (2) the day-to-day management of the district.

Under MA law, each school principal is granted responsibility for all that happens in their building. 

The School Committee raised sports and activity fees, added a parking fee for the high school, and cut a number of positions in order to balance the budget for fiscal year 2020. The forecast is for more cuts for FY 2021 unless the Town does something to increase the funding available for the school district.

The School Committee has recently revised the homework policy and will ultimately decide to change (or not) the schools start time. The details of the proposal were initially worked by a special advisory committee and are currently being worked by the Superintendent and the school district personnel with community involvement.

All seven positions of the school committee are up for election on November 5, 2019.

More information about the School Committee can be found on the Town of Franklin page:

The School Committee section of the Franklin Annual Report for 2018

Find more information on the Franklin Election Nov 5, 2019 in the "election collection"

Franklin Election 2019: What does the School Committee do?
Franklin Election 2019: What does the School Committee do?

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