Friday, May 14, 2021

Recap - School Committee meeting - FHS highlights; school choice vote, acceptable use policy moved to 2nd reading

Quick Recap:
  • Student enrollment is a driver for budget. Student Opportunity Act (SOA) is not a major help for Franklin's budget. Franklin will see no major additional funding (we already get more than the formula would permit). Franklin will see some transportation and circuit breaker funds to help with those expenses. The structural deficit will not be addressed by the to be developed facility 'master plan' which may include redistricting. SOA will force the Town portion of school budget funding to increase each year. This will remain an issue for the school budget (and Town) until addressed
  • Town Council budget hearings scheduled for May 26 and 27 to approve FY 2022 budget. 
  • FHS Principal Josh Hanna provided an overview of the high school experience this year and updates on the year end including graduation plans
  • Acceptable use police moved to second reading. Approval for a FHS revolving fund account granted. School choice will not be allowed for next year (this continues the practice in place for many years)  
As with most meetings in this pandemic period, I took my notes via Twitter during the meeting reporting in real-time via the virtual session
The Twitter hashtag can be found online  #schcom0511
Photos captured during the meeting and shared via Twitter can be found in one album

The agenda doc for this meeting can be found

Superintendent's report
  • Superintendent's report update, FinCom heard the budget last week. Student enrollment is a driver for budget, student opportunity act and impacts on the budget (no major additional funding for Franklin) will see some transportation and circuit breaker funds, #schcom0511 ->
  • Town portion of school budget funding to increase each year... Interview team filtered to select 2 candidates for further evaluation and meetings... Project 351 selection a student from Annie Sullivan; Noah (name added later) links for project in report Weds. #schcom0511
  • National school nurse day, Wednesday (D'Angelo present) at this round of roll call for comments, questions #schcom0511 FHS presentation by Principal Josh Hanna copy to follow along ->
FHS presentation 
  • Tremendous challenges this year #schcom0511
  • Day 1; and a day in Nov 2020 #schcom0511
  • Student photo won award for clinic at the gym. #schcom0511 student concert via Zoom
  • Good sunrises from FHS (yes, I concur) #schcom0511 full classrooms, lunch outside, space is a premium for this large school population, celebration includes remote students
  • Somewhat more normal as the graduation period approaches #schcom0511 outdoor graduation things may still change as it approaches and adjustments can be made
  • 10th grade MCAS started today, 11th grade can opt in after school ends in June #schcom0511
  • Keenan present (in this round of Q&A) for FHS Hanna #schcom0511 no xfer of tickets as that would violate the 'pod' concept and requirements. Assigned seats at the pods, guests per family with students.
  • #schcom0511 thanks from Committee for Josh as he stepped in to the role amidst the pandemic Next to discussion/action items - 3 acceptable use policy items for review and approval
Discussion/action items  Info matters
  • Info matters, no meetings scheduled school budget hearing May 26 at town Council Community relations met today, (thanks to me for my advice during meeting earlier) #schcom0511 Community forum schedule being worked ( possible 5/24?) On substance abuse, info coming
  • FEF donations looked for via mail or online #schcom0511 coming up, recognition of retirees Consent agenda recommend approval, seconded, passes 6-0-1 (D'Angelo not present)
  • Motion to enter executive session, not to return to open meeting #schcom0511 moved, seconded, passes 6-0-1 (D'Angelo not present) That's all for tonight (yes, an early one for a change!) Catch you next time!

Audio of meeting to be available in a couple of days 


Recap - School Committee meeting - FHS highlights
Recap - School Committee meeting - FHS highlights

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