Sunday, May 14, 2023

Finance Committee Budget Hearing #2 gets to hear from Norfolk Aggie, Tri-County & Franklin Public Schools (audio)

FM #995 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 995 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the Finance Committee meeting and second of three budget hearings for the FY 2024 budget year. The meeting was held on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. 

All 9 members of the Finance Committee participated; 7 present in the Council Chambers, 2 remote. Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, Comptroller Chris Sandini, Treasurer/Collector Kerri Bertone. 

Norfolk Agriculture & Tri-County covered their budgets and answered questions followed by the Franklin School budget. 

Quick recap:

  • John Martin, Superintendent Norfolk Aggie; John Wallace, Business Manager, Norfolk Aggie

    • Norfolk Aggie, 365 acres, inc in 1916 first campus in Weymouth #fincom0510 four courses of study, explore frosh and soph year then choose major for junior and senior studies

    • Animal science is the most popular of the four studies, about 560 total, 16 students from Franklin this year, 3 seniors, applications are open for next year

    • 40 students from Boston making it the largest sending community. There is demand for the programs, they do have a wait list

  • Karen McGuire, Tri-County Superintendent, presenting along with Dan Haynes,  Business Manager

    • Should hear in June about the final cost of the proposed building replacement, and then in August on what MSBA will provide for reimbursement, assuming they do. At that time, the 11 sending communities have 120 days to vote to approve the building proposal

    • How the individual communities fund the cost is up to them, cost allocation based upon sending students

  • Franklin’s budget was presented by Supt Lucas Giguere, Business Manage Miriam Goodman, School Cmte budget subcmte Chair Dave McNeill

The meeting recording runs about 1 hour and 55 minutes, so let’s listen to the Finance Committee meeting May 10, 2023.

Audio file ->


Meeting agenda document -> 

FY 2024 budget information -> 

My notes -> 

Link to Finance Committee => 

YouTube recording => 

Photos captured during the meeting can be found in one album -> 

For Tri-County slides -> 

For FPS slides -> 


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Tri-County budget is very similar to Franklin's in regards to salary & benefits as percent of total budget
Tri-County budget is very similar to Franklin's in regards to salary & benefits as percent of total budget

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