Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Live Reporting: School Committee - Feb 25, 2020

Present: D'Angelo, Pfeffer, Scofield, Bergen, Spencer, Stokes
Absent: Keenan

I. Routine Business
A. Review of Agenda
B. Citizen’s Comments
"In the spirit of open communication, “the Committee will hold a public participation segment (also called Citizen’s Comments) about matters not related to an agenda item at the beginning of each regular School Committee meeting. The Committee will listen to, but not respond to any comment made…. A Committee member may add an agenda item to a future meeting as a result of a citizen comment…. The Committee will hear public comments related to an agenda item when the Chair deems appropriate during the Committee meeting. Topics for discussion during the meeting must be limited to those items listed on the Committee meeting agenda for that evening…. ” - from Policy BEDH
C. FHS Student Representative Comments

  • nice Feb break, well needed
  • FHS theater performance coming this weekend
  • MICA showcase performance Mar 10
  • as of Weds 100 days to graduation
  • best buddies prom, March 20
  • DECA to Boston this weekend

D. Superintendent’s Report
March 3 - professional development day , also Presidential Primary
elementary and secondary groups for sessions for trauma training
curriculum teams meeting on frameworks
science standards at Elementary

also 15 mins for cyber security training

extra care in cleaning schools over the week break
following the MA DEP for public health alerts
follow protocols for good hygiene habits (akin to flu)

SAFE Coalition open house, Feb 13
new office suite in Norfolk

open meeting law re: web site outage, info was posted on Friday so in advance of the time period required for open meeting law requirements

II. Guests/Presentations
A. Franklin Demographic Presentation 
– Jerome McKibben, McKibben Associates

difference between forecast and projections
population forecasts drive the enrollment

if assumptions are followed, the forecast should be within 2%

key assumption is the mortgage interest rate, buyer side of the market
with dual incomes and college debt, key to mortgage approvals

275 existing home sales for next ten years

retirement doesn't drive downsizing, death of one or mobility of one are key factors

population distribution key to enrollment, not births, deaths, or migrations

presentation to be added Weds
audio to be made available later this week
(Note: there is also another presentation forum on this topic scheduled for March 5 at Horace Mann cafeteria)


Assumed to be supporting documentation for the presentation
(was not referenced during the meeting but was posted to the packet web page)


lots of discussion, lots of nuances. stay tuned for the copy to read and review on your own

building capacity report due in April time frame

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