Tuesday, November 3, 2020

In the News: new orders to combat COVID-19; School District to decide Davis Thayer and maybe more

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

"In an effort to quell rising COVID-19 cases across the state, Gov. Charlie Baker issued new orders Monday afternoon that will put a curfew on some businesses, require face coverings in all public spaces and limit the size of in-person gatherings.

Baker announced the new measures on Monday in an attempt to curb COVID-19 cases, which he said are up by 278% since Labor Day. Hospitalizations are up 145% in that same period.

“Too many of us have become complacent in our daily lives ... If we do nothing and stay on the track we’re on now, we’ll create a capacity issue (in hospitals) by the end of the year,” Baker said. “It’s our hope to encourage people to act responsibly. ... We can’t afford to continue to do what we’ve been doing.”

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"An architecture firm hired by Franklin Public School officials to evaluate closing Davis Thayer Elementary School last year recently came back to them with data indicating that they should also think about closing another school, too.

Or merging two schools to create a district-wide middle school.

Architect Craig Olsen from Kaestle Boos Associates presented a comprehensive facilities analysis report to the Franklin School Committee on Oct. 27, reviewing the viability of closing Davis Thayer Elementary.

If no changes are made to any of the schools, Olsen said all of them will continue to operate under capacity, will be financially burdened by costs to maintain those underutilized facilities and would suffer “reduced educational adequacy in schools built prior to 1996.” 
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