Thursday, January 12, 2023

School Committee previews possible student trip to Greece, hears updates on Special Ed, & approves Capital budget request (audio)

FM #914 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 914 in the series. 

This session shares the Franklin, MA School Committee meeting held on Tuesday, Jan 10, 2023. The meeting was conducted in the Council Chambers with six members present (M Whitmore absent). 

School Committee Chair Denise Spencer opens the meeting at 7:00 PM. 

Key items on the agenda

  • Possible Student Trip to Greece preview - presentation and Q&A as a preview of a possible trip being planned for spring of 2024. EF TOurs would be the tour company, used previously successfully. Concerns about cost and equitable access of the trip for students. Could come back in future for formal approval if it indeed will be planned for

  • Special Education Presentation - an increase of 36 students in the program year over year while the overall population of students continues to decline. Key stat revealed that it costs approx 32K /student for in district special ed vs. approx 80K for out of district special ed placement. Hence a savings overall of 48K per student kept in the district.

  • Capital Budget proposal - approval ultimately after much discussion about the ‘reduction’ in the allocation from the Town to allow for only $80K, $400K for capital and another $80K for school facility capital projects. It is a town issue and other departments are seeing their capital needs list grow due to lack of funding.

The show notes contain a link to the full agenda and to my notes & photos captured via Twitter during the meeting. 

The recording runs about 3 hours and 15 minutes, so let’s listen to the Franklin School Committee on Jan 10, 2023. Audio file ->


School Committee page -> 

Video link ->


The agenda doc contains info on remote participation


All the documents released for this meeting (some after the meeting) can be found in one folder ->


My Twitter notes are here in one PDF file ->


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The Special Education portion of the meeting was lead by (L to R) Asst Supt Paula Marano, Jennifer Graveline, and Andrew Duquette
The Special Education portion of the meeting was lead by (L to R) Asst Supt Paula Marano, Jennifer Graveline, and Andrew Duquette

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