Sunday, March 22, 2020

FM #227 - Town Administrator Jamie Hellen - COVID-19 updates

FM #227 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 227 in the series.

This session of the radio show was recorded virtually. The three of us connected via conference bridge, and aside from a couple of brief bits of background noise, the conversation recording went very well at this new ‘social distance’.

As you’ll hear, I was joined by Town Administrator Jamie Hellen and Marketing and Communication Specialist Anne Marie Tracey.

Anne Marie provided updates from Superintendent Sara Ahern. Among the updates:
  • Distance learning underway
  • School grounds closing
  • Food service (breakfast and lunch) available for children in Franklin who are not FPS students; pick up at the high school
  • More details on school closing and what it means will be coming from the Superintendent
  • All communications translated into multiple languages and posted on web page
Jamie was scheduled to get out for a walk later Friday (we recorded at noon time) because he had been so busy this week, he had not been able to do so. He provided multiple updates on:
  • Town of Franklin business still being conducted
  • Pointing to the portal for updates and details, please check at least daily
  • Please follow recommendations to maintain social distancing, washing hands, etc.
  • Town Council, School Committee and board/committee meetings going forward - how to conduct them remotely is being worked out
  • The budget timeline has been rescheduled; Finance Committee meetings after Memorial Day, Town Council budget hearings in June

There were other topics along the way in this conversation but this should be enough of a teaser to have you spend a few minutes to listen. The audio segment runs about 40 minutes, so please listen in to my conversation with Jamie and Anne Marie


The Town of Franklin Coronavirus Information Portal

Link to the Superintendents’ messages in multiple languages

The link to the main Franklin Public schools (FPS) page

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FM #227 - Town Administrator Jamie Hellen - COVID-19 updates
FM #227 - Town Administrator Jamie Hellen - COVID-19 updates

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