Saturday, November 6, 2021

Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting - Nov 9, 2021

School Committee Meeting 
Municipal Building - Council Chambers 
 (Virtual Link in Agenda)

Call to Order 
Pledge of Allegiance
Moment of Silence
  • Election of Chair
  • Election of Vice Chair
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
D. Superintendent’s Report
II. Guests/Presentations
  • A. none
III. Discussion/Action Items
A. Policy 2nd Reading/Adoption
I recommend adopting policy GCRD - Tutoring for Pay as detailed.
IV. Discussion Only Items
A. Superintendent Update on DESE Mask Waiver for FHS
V. Information Matters
A. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports (e.g. Ad Hoc Supt. Evaluation, Budget, Community Relations/Public Schools Advocacy, Policy, Transportation)
B. School Committee Liaison Reports (e.g. Joint PCC, Substance Abuse Task Force, School Wellness Advisory Council)
VI. New Business
A. To discuss any future agenda items
VII. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from the October 26, 2021 School Committee Meeting as detailed.
B. Athletics Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $1,000.00 from the NE Patriots Foundation for Supplemental curriculum materials as detailed.
VIII. Payment of Bills TBD
IX. Payroll TBD
X. Executive Session
a. Executive session pursuant to Purpose 1 (M.G.L. c.30A, §21(a)(1)) to consider an Open Meeting Law complaint against public officers, namely the members of the School Committee, filed with the Committee by Christina Black and dated October 29, 2021.
b. Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §21(a)(3) to discuss strategy with respect to litigation as an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the public body and the chair so declares.
c. Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §21(a)(3) to discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining with the FEA/RN unit as an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.
XI. Adjournment

Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting - Nov 9, 2021
Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting - Nov 9, 2021

Not just for Newcomers . . . Meeting Weds - Nov 10, 2021

Come join your friends and neighbors at the Franklin Newcomers & Friends Club monthly Meeting.  Meet us upstairs at "3" Restaurant on Wednesday, November 10 at 7:30. Typically we meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month at “3” . . .  however, we switched nights this month.

Complimentary appetizers and beverages will be served and a cash bar is available.

No need to be a newcomer to the area . . . and no need to RSVP.  Come join us and have fun while you make connections in your community.  We are a multi-generational club offering a wide range of activities for all ages with an emphasis on fun and camaraderie.  We are a member driven organization and are always excited to welcome new faces and new ideas.

Residents of Franklin, or any surrounding town that doesn't have a Newcomers Club, are welcome to join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month.  We run our meetings September through May.  We also hold many fun and varied events throughout the year to stay connected.  We meet at “3” Restaurant, 461 W. Central Street, Franklin, upstairs in a private room.  
So come join us on the 3rd Wednesday at “3”!

Look for us on our Meetup and Facebook pages for more information.  

Franklin Newcomers & Friends
Franklin Newcomers & Friends

FHS football and volleyball teams win to advance in playoffs on Friday

Via @HockomockSports and Twitter, we share the results of the FHS fall sports playoff action on Friday, Nov 5, 2021  

Volleyball - Division 1 = #32 Lynn Classical, 0 @ #1 Franklin, 3 – Final
We'll follow the Twitter updates from FHS Athletic Trainer Jen Edmunds again (
  • Game 3 of the weekend has a match up between Franklin Volleyball and Lynn Classical.
  • Franklin takes game 1 with a score of 25-18  over Lynn Classical 
  • Franklin takes Game 2 25-14 over Lynn Classical. The Panthers are up 2-0
  • Time out Lynn Classical. Franklin Volleyball leads Game 3 19-12
  • Franklin takes game 3 with a 25-13 Volleyball Final over Lynn Classical. The Panthers won 3-0 over the Classical Rams. 

Football - Division 1 = #16 Braintree, 6 @ #1 Franklin, 42 – Final
1st Quarter: (F) Mack Gulla 1-yard rush, Garrett Portesi XP good; (F) M. Gulla 53-yard rush, G. Portesi XP good.
2nd Quarter: (F) Jared Arone 34-yard pass to Shane Kindred, G. Portesi XP good; (F) M. Gulla 67-yard rush, G. Portesi XP good; (F) Cullen Pek fumble recovery in the end zone, G. Portesi XP good; (F) J. Arone 28-yard pass to Will Tracey, G. Portesi XP good.
3rd Quarter: (B) Braintree 1-yard rush, XP failed.
4th Quarter: No scoring.

We'll follow the Twitter updates from FHS Athletic Trainer Jen Edmunds again (
  • Next on tonight’s program Franklin Football will take on the Braintree Wamps.
  • Gulla runs it in for 6. Extra point is good. Franklin 7 Braintree 0 
  • Gulla takes it to the house with a 40(ish) yard run!  Garrett’s extra point is good! Franklin leads Braintree 14-0. 7:31 left in 1Q. 
  • After 1Q Franklin leads 14-0 over Braintree
  • Kindred takes the hand off from Arone running it down field for 6. Extra point is good! Franklin leads Braintree 21-0!
  • Mack Gulla is off for a 66 yard run for a Franklin TD. Extra point is GOOD! 28-0 over Braintree.
  • Braintree punt blocked and recovered in the Franklin end zone for a Panther TD! Extra point is Good. Franklin leads 35-0.
  • Pass to Tracey from Arone for a Franklin TD. Kick is good. 42-0 Franklin over Braintree to end the half.
  • Braintree puts 6 on the board. Extra point is blocked. Franklin leads 42-6 heading into the 4Q.
  • Final from Pisini Stadium Franklin 42 Braintree 6

Via Asst Superintendent Lucas Giguere (
  • Onward! Congrats to boys soccer, field hockey, girls volleyball, & boys football teams on advancing to the next round of playoffs! @rattlecity   fans represented Franklin with class & respect. Best of luck to the girl's soccer team tomorrow
For other results around the Hockomock League

MASC School Committee group views video from @TeamProject351 on student experiences during pandemic

MASC-SchoolCommittee (@MASCSchoolComm) tweeted Fri, Nov 05, 2021:
Today's #MASCMASS21 general session on student voice opened with a new video featuring #MAEdu high school students describing their experiences living and learning through the pandemic.

Thank you @TeamProject351 & @UpperCapeTech!

Video =>  or

Franklin School Committee: Policy reminders on Public Complaints & Public Participation

Via Denise Spencer, re-elected to School Committee:
"As we begin a new term, I believe now is a good time for a refresher on two of our policies: 
1) KE - Public Complaints 
("...In case of a complaint(s), the complainant shall take the matter first to the staff member, and if unresolved to the Principal of the building, then to the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee, who, if he/she is unable to satisfy the complainant, shall report the case to the School Committee for consideration and action.)
2) BEDH - Public Participation 
("Public comment is not a discussion, debate, or dialogue between individuals and the School Committee. It is an individual's opportunity to express an opinion on issues within the School Committee’s authority.)

Interested in Public Records Law? This discussion might be for you

Join us Nov. 18 along with @RappaportCenter for a Greater Boston Debate Series event exploring whether the MA public records law promotes democracy in the state, featuring  @Becca_Rausch,  @raylaraja, and moderated by @CommonWealthMag 's  @shiraschoenberg. 

Register here ->

Interested in Public Records Law? This discussion might be for you
Interested in Public Records Law? This discussion might be for you

Frequently Asked Questions - how to deal with rising heating and utility costs

The MA Attorney General's Office has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions page on how to deal with rising heating and utility costs this winter.
"Many residents are struggling to pay their bills, including their monthly utility bills. Electricity and Gas are essential services—that’s why it is important that customers know their rights and where they can go for help if they need it."

Frequently Asked Questions - how to deal with rising heating and utility costs
Frequently Asked Questions - how to deal with rising heating and utility costs

Tip of the hat to Tyngsborough for the info links ->

World Health Organization (WHO) shares video on the Journey of a Vaccine

World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) tweeted Thu, Nov 04, 2021:
👀 Watch and follow the journey of a vaccine from development & clinical trials ➡️ to manufacturing & cold storage ➡️ to vaccination
Video link 👉⠀or

Shared from Twitter:

More info on the manufacturing of a vaccine

video on the Journey of a Vaccine
video on the Journey of a Vaccine

Friday, November 5, 2021

Franklin's Event Outlook: Nov 5 - Nov 11, 2021

A relatively quiet weekend to enjoy the good New England weather that is forecast. Don't forget to turn back the clock to get that extra hour of sleep on Saturday night.

Friday, November 5
10:00am - Blood Drive (Franklin Elks)

Saturday, November 6
10:00am - Historical Museum (always free)
7:00pm - FPAC Gala and Telethon

Sunday, November 7
Daylight Saving Time ends
1:00pm - Historical Museum (always free)

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:

The Town meeting calendar is found
The School district calendar is found

Community Calendar
Community Calendar

Superintendent's Letter to Franklin Community - Response #2 to School Committee Discourse

Superintendent's Letter to Franklin Community - 
Response #2 to School Committee Discourse

Outlining Immediate Actions in Response to School Committee Discourse

November 4, 2021

Dear Franklin Community,

I am writing to follow up on actions taken and planned after last week’s disruption at the Franklin School Committee meeting as well as student representative comments related to bullying and harassment at school. We have been processing the impact and have been working to solidify a safe and respectful environment for civic discourse and promote healing.

We recognize that gathering student feedback is instrumental in appropriately addressing student needs. Members of the administration met with students about becoming a “No Place for Hate School” and had a productive dialogue that assessed morale and drove hope for a better FHS for all. In attendance were student representatives from A World of Difference, the Diversity Awareness Club, and the Sexuality and Gender Alliance. Additionally, we also reviewed historical bullying and harassment data. Our data leads us to suspect that incidents are being under-reported. We also listened for more information about perceptions of inaction.

In response, we have done or are doing the following things:
On November 2nd, all K-12 school adjustment counselors and school psychologists participated in a professional development webinar series on supporting LGBTQIA+ students and understanding legal rights. We have also disseminated DESE guidance to counselors and principals issued on October 28, 2021 related to the Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity. This will be an agenda item for an upcoming administrative meeting.
We are developing an after school resource group for high school students to gather and talk about their experiences with bias-based incidents as well as actions that can be taken to make for a more equitable experience at school.
We are accelerating the process of hiring a Director of Equity and Student Supports. We anticipate initiating this search within the next few weeks.
We are accelerating plans to survey all students in Franklin High School for their perceptions of school climate and culture. We are in the process of preparing this survey with a highly regarded third-party resource (Panorama) and expect to be able to survey students the week after Thanksgiving. We anticipate surveying middle school students in the near future as well. This data will give us a greater understanding of the perspective of the student body and areas of focus for action. It will also serve as a baseline by which we can measure our improvement efforts.
In response to potential under reporting and perception of inaction, we will revise our online reporting language and clearly define its use. Additionally, we will prioritize communicating the reporting, investigation, and response process.
The high school administration is holding class meetings to start the beginning of quarter 2. Respectful, inclusive behavior of all will be a theme. They will also use this time to invite additional students to participate in the development of a series of activities for the school community towards becoming a “No Place for Hate School”. These activities will activate a school-wide effort that integrates productive dialogue and active learning on the topics of bias, bullying, and allyship.
The community can expect stronger protocols and processes during the School Committee meetings. The Chair of the School Committee will communicate the expectations for respectful civic discourse as well as the processes for handling disruptive behavior for both in person and virtual participants. These expectations will be readily available once enacted by our incoming Chairperson.

Our actions will not be limited to those above, but these actions are the ones most immediately tied to the meeting last week. We will continue to keep the community informed of our efforts to affirm diversity, promote equity and accountability, and foster inclusion throughout the year.

With continued respect for all in Franklin, 

Sara Ahern
Superintendent of Schools

Franklin Public Schools
Franklin Public Schools

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Franklin Matters is leaving Facebook; your alternatives to consider to remain "in the know" (part 2)

Effective Nov 302021 the Franklin Matters Facebook page will go away. You are given notice to find one of the other options to obtain the valuable information shared but not longer directly by me on Facebook.

Someone can also set up a way to take what I share and share it themselves to Facebook. I have no way to stop that. Folks occasionally do so on their own today.

My personal account will remain on Facebook to maintain my family and network connections. I have limited what is posted and shared in that way and am willing to take the risk to maintain those family connections.

I can no longer take the risk exposing your information in this way. Facebook needs to change and only actions like this will get their attention to do so.

Why Nov 30?
The Franklin election is important and as divisive as Facebook is, for those who depend upon it for info, I will provide some time for them to begin to make their move to one of the alternatives.

If you need or want help setting up email subscription or RSS, I've scheduled a few Zoom sessions to walk through the options to subscribe.  There are two sessions scheduled for day time periods and two for evening time evening periods. Hopefully one of them will meet your schedule. 

Zoom options to learn about alternatives to remain "in the know"
  • Monday, Nov 8 - 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, Nov 10 - 9 AM
  • Monday, Nov 15 - 1:00 PM
  • Tuesday, Nov 16 - 7:30 PM
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Franklin Matters is leaving Facebook; your alternatives to consider to remain "in the know"  (part 2)
Franklin Matters is leaving Facebook; your alternatives to consider to remain "in the know"  (part 2)

FHS boys soccer and field hockey teams both win to advance in playoffs

Via @HockomockSports and Twitter, we share the results of the FHS fall sports playoff action on Thursday, Nov 4, 2021  

Boys Soccer - Division 1
#39 Malden, 0 @ #26 Franklin, 5 – Final

Via FHS Boys Soccer Twitter (
  • MOVING ON The boys dominated in a 5-0 dub vs Malden. Goals by Tyler (from Moran), Rex (from Noah), Rex again (from Kevin), Sean (from Kryzak), and Jacob (from Connor). Juice to Rex for 2 goals and lockdown defense. Next round Saturday in Framingham at 6pm.
  • Correction: Max with the assist on Rex’s first goal.
Via Jen Edmunds Twitter ( updates we find:
  • Hanging out at Pisini Stadium for the first of 5 playoff games this weekend. @_FranklinSoccer taking on Malden. 
  • Powderly puts one on the board first for Franklin with an assist from Moran. 1-0 Franklin over Malden
  • Rex Cinelli makes it 2-0 Franklin with an assist from Max Tobin. 
  • As fast as I could tweet it, Cinelli scores again!! Assist from Kevin Proenca. 3-0 Franklin over Malden
  • At the half Franklin leads Malden 3-0
  • Starting off the second half, O’Leary finds the back of the net to make it 4-0 Franklin over Malden. Assist by Krysak
  • In the last minute of play, Jacob Crisileo makes it 5-0. Assist from Connor Brown. 
  • Final: Franklin 5 Malden 0
Field Hockey - Division 1
#29 Beverly, 0 @ #4 Franklin, 6 – Final

Via Jen Edmunds Twitter ( updates we find:
  • Playoff game 2 of the weekend brings us over to Beaver Field for a field hockey match up between Franklin And Beverly.  After 1Q the score remains 0-0
  • Franklin find the net first with a goal by Payton Crandall! Assist from Shaw Downing. 1-0 Franklin over Beverly
  • Too fast for my Twitter fingers. Kaitlyn Carney makes it 2-0 Franklin over Beverly
  • Kaitlyn Carney scores again! 3-0 Franklin over Beverly
  • After 2Q Franklin leads Beverly 3-0
  • Franklin’s Dubriske scores on a corner from a K. Carney assist. 4-0 Franklin over Beverly.
  • End of the 3Q Franklin Field Hockey leads Beverly 4-0.
  • Starting off the 4Q with a Goal for Franklin. Downing scores off an assist from Crandall. 5-0 Franklin over Beverl
  • Sydney Rogan scores for Franklin from an assist from Emily Carney. 6-0 Franklin over Beverly with less than 3 minutes remaining.
  • Field Hockey final from Beaver Field: Franklin 6 Beverly 0

For other playoff results around the Hockomock League

FHS boys soccer and field hockey teams both win to advance in playoffs
FHS boys soccer and field hockey teams both win to advance in playoffs

Franklin TV to "live stream" FHS playoff games

To watch the "live-stream" of Franklin HS Playoff games: Go to and then click on "Franklin Pride TV".

Go to
Go to

Town of Franklin awarded $75,000 grant for zoning audit "with a substantial public engagement process"

MA EOHED (@MassEOHED) tweeted Thu, Nov 04, 2021:
The Baker-Polito Administration recently awarded a total of $1M through the #OneStop to 16 communities for technical assistance related to land use, including help with the development of a Master Plan, Housing Production Plan, and Zoning Review & Updates.  or  or
This appears to be the grant talked of being applied for that would fund the downtown zoning analysis. 

  • Franklin, $75,000
  • The Town will complete a zoning audit with a substantial public engagement process, and develop zoning bylaw amendments to modernize and update their zoning bylaw.  The Proposed Project will assure Franklin’s Zoning Bylaw reflects current best zoning practices and planning concepts and increase economic activity and the number of affordable housing units in the project area.
Franklin awarded $75,000 grant for a zoning audit
Town of Franklin awarded $75,000 grant for zoning audit

Board of Health Meeting - 11/03/21 (audio)

FM #652 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 652 in the series.

This session shares the Board of Health meeting held on Wednesday, Nov 3, 2021. The meeting was conducted in person at the Municipal Building.

Chair Bridget Sweet opened the meeting and jumped into approval of the minutes to get to the 27 Winter issue with the property owner present.

The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda, the Board of Health page, and my notes from the meeting. 

During the citizens comment, I advocate for adding a virtual option to their meeting. They agreed to do so.

The meeting runs about 45 minutes, so let’s listen to the Board of Health meeting.

Audio file ->


Meeting agenda 

My meeting notes

Board of Health page 


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Board of Health Meeting - 11/03/21 (audio)
Board of Health Meeting - 11/03/21 (audio)

Attn: Franklin residents -> Youth COVID Vaccine Clinic scheduled for Nov 10

Youth COVID Vaccine Clinic Scheduled

November 10 & December 1

Edited: NOVEMBER 5TH, 2021.

The vaccine clinic has filled up a day after it was announced on November 4th. Please check daily for cancellations using the link below for registration. Flyers and attachments have been updated with this notice.

Registration link:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 through 11 years of age. The Town of Franklin Health Department will be running a Kids COVID-19 Clinic on Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 at the Franklin Senior Center from 2 PM - 6 PM.

A second Kids COVID-19 Clinic will be hosted on Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 at the Franklin Senior Center from 2 PM - 6 PM. This date falls on the 2nd vaccine date for those who received the vaccine on Nov 10th.  

Click here to sign up:

Youth COVID Vaccine Clinic scheduled for Nov 10
Youth COVID Vaccine Clinic scheduled for Nov 10

Recap - Board of Health hears of vaccine clinic for 5-11 youth scheduled among other business items

Quick Recap:
  • Board reorganizes with Chair remaining as Bridget Sweet and Jeff Harris approved as Vice-Chair both by 3-0 votes
  • Multiple items of business covered with reports from inspector and nurse providing 'on the street' insights; intern work on food recovery program about to be piloted at Parmenter
  • Vaccine clinic for the 5-11 youth group planned for Nov 10 and Dec 1, details being finalized on registration, flyer and media awareness about to begin
  • Discussion on restoring virtual option for public participation, accepted for next meeting


As with most meetings in this pandemic period, I took my notes via Twitter during the meeting reporting live from the 3rd Floor Training Room


The Twitter hashtag can be found online  #boh1103 


Agenda document - 


  • Ready for #boh1103 meeting, located in 3rd floor training room, no remote option for this session.
  • Motion to accept meeting mins passes 3-0;
  • 27 Winter St - discussion underway for possible demo including appropriate permits, etc. #boh1103 best est 60-90 days for work estimate, permits, etc. Include assessment of possible rodent issue as part of the assessment
  • Motion to accept plan as outlined and follow up scheduled for Feb 2022, in case other progress/steps are delayed; passes 3-0  #boh1103
  • Restructuring due to election, new board member (re-elected) - Nominate B Sweet to be chair, second; passes 3-0; J Harris motion to be vice chair, seconded, passes 3-0 #boh1103
  • Update from inspector on recent actions, nursing update - flu clinic last week, home visits for those who missed due to the weather; 177 confirmed for Oct vs. 172 prior month #boh1103 contract tracking collaborative closing done after 11/29/21
  • One active TB case here, person doing well. COVID clinic scheduled for next Weds (11/10) 2-6 PM 300 doses available #boh1103 Target for 5-11 year olds only. Heart safe research underway for machine checks
  • Dean College has had only a few COVID cases and are dealing with them well. #boh1103 state pushing regionalization of health approach 
  • Foundation training, 2 of 27 sets of training in progress; looking to become instructor for CPR
  • 850 Summer st local upgrade of septic system which failed; motion to approve request based upon engineer req, second, passes 3-0
  • PFAS  what is our strategy? Communication, education, mitigation... Info for residents proactively #boh1103
  • Proposal for doc/info on PFAS to be prepared for next meeting for their review. Coordination of communication tools for incidents
  • #boh1103 intern progress on food recovery diversion, piloting at Parmenter with staff first then students, before expanding further
  • Granting funding for contact tracing, provided a work plan, etc. Still details to work out on implementation #boh1103 funding for 2 years - in citizen comment raised the accessibility issue and they will go hybrid for future
  • Motion to adjourn, second, passes 3-0
  • And by the way, that is all for tonight. The Town Council meeting was rescheduled to 11/10/21 and new agenda with updated remote link to be shared before Monday. #boh1103  catch you all next time!

Dfood ownload a copy of the flyer

Recap - Board of Health
Recap - Board of Health