Showing posts with label Executive Session. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Executive Session. Show all posts

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Recap: Town Council recognizes 100th birthday, FHS Unified Basketball team, grants TIF for Plansee, approves 6 contracts

Quick recap:
  • Margaret (Peg) Simpson was recognized for her 100th birthday. The FHS Unified Basketball Team was recognized for the Special Olympics Gold medal
  • The elections workers for the Sept primary and November election were approved. Early voting will be available the week before the Sept 6 State primary. All voting will be held at Franklin High School. The Council also approved resolutions approving for the police security coverage and other election details per recent legislation
  • The Elks Riders presented a donation of $1000 for Veterans Services
  • The Old South Meeting house expression of interest results were reviewed. The Council consensus was to proceed with an RFP for residential use with covenants to keep the property affordable, maintain the historical exterior and give priority to Franklin residents. The Town will prepare such paperwork to bring back to the Council for approval before putting it as a public offering
  • After a contested discussion, the Council approved tax increment financing (TIF) for Plansee USA LLC to expand their current location. Lack of understanding of the process and purpose of the TIF incentive apparently drove the discussion. The TIF financing is limited to specific industrial zones but the Council can expand it if they chose to do so. Vote was 7-2 for the TIF
  • The process of accepting the Davis Thayer School was formally started by the Council. The deed paperwork will proceed. Eventually a committee will be selected to determine the best use of the site
  • A "friendly 40b" application process was developed by the Town and presented to the Council for their review and understanding
  • The five year fiscal forecast was not yet ready for sharing but given the current inflation effects, it is anticipated that the FY 2023 budget will be difficult to complete as funded. An example was touted as the SNETT trail work put out to bid was expected to be in the $200K arena, the bids received back ranged from $300K to 800K. Stay tuned, we'll help to keep an eye on this inflation effect during the year as it could have major implications for future budgets
  • The Council entered executive session to discuss the status of contract negotiations and returned to open session to approve 6 contracts. Apparently with an increase of 2.5% which highlights that the School Committee's approval of 4% increases for the teachers contract is an issue to be worked as things progress
My full set of notes via Twitter from the meeting ->

Photos from the meeting can be found in one album ->   https://photos.app.goo.gl/tptZmBMX44z85Px79

The Franklin TV recording of the meeting ->  https://youtu.be/xsn7kOA_S9I




Margaret (Peg) Simpson and Councilor Melanie Hamblen
Margaret (Peg) Simpson and Councilor Melanie Hamblen

Council Chair Tom Mercer and the FHS Unified Basketball team and coaches
Council Chair Tom Mercer and the FHS Unified Basketball team and coaches

Veterans Officer Shannon Nisbett with the Elks Riders accepting the donation
Veterans Officer Shannon Nisbett with the Elks Riders accepting the donation

Monday, June 27, 2022

School Committee votes to accept new 3 year teacher contract

The School Committee met mostly in Executive Session, and in the brief public session voted to accept the negotiated teacher contract terms with the Franklin Education Association (FEA) for the period September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2025.

The meeting portion of this recording should start at about 2:00 minutes with the announcement of "recording in progress". After they enter executive session via roll call, the recording stops and the wfpr.fm broadcast resumes.

You can listen to the broadcast, or skip ahead to 37:42 when they return from open session. Current Asst Superintendent Lucas Giguere provides some updates on key speaking points:
  • interest based bargaining to reach 3 year agreement
  • 4 percent increases to the salary grid for years 1, 2 and 3 
  • elementary teachers got an increase from 30 to 40 consecutive minutes for prep time
  • middle and high school teachers got a daily advisory period for purposes of consistent application of social and emotional curriculum
  • department heads and directors will formally participate in the teacher evaluation process
  • language around course approval and limitations to that
  • also bereavement language around coverage for family members that may not be art of a traditional family such as step parents or partners
In the roll call vote Dave Callahan abstained, all other committee members voted for and when asked by the Chair, Town Administrator Jamie Hellen voted no. So this is new, I have not heard of our Town Administrator participating with the vote of the school committee. 

I'll record it as 6-0-1 (7 members, 6 for, 1 abstain) all via roll call.
 

Friday, June 24, 2022

Franklin, MA: Special School Committee Meeting - Jun 27 - 6 PM

Special School Committee Meeting

Municipal Building - Council Chambers (Virtual Link in Agenda)


Call to Order Ms. Spencer
I. Executive Session
a. 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.
II. Discussion Action A - FEA Contract Ratification
I recommend ratification of the FEA/RN Contract 7/1/22-8/31/25 as detailed.
Adjournment

Franklin, MA: Special School Committee Meeting - Jun 27 - 6 PM
Franklin, MA: Special School Committee Meeting - Jun 27 - 6 PM

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - June 14, 2022

Franklin School Committee
Municipal Building – Council Chambers
June 14, 2022 - 7:00 P.M.
“The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.”

Call to Order Ms. Spencer
Pledge of Allegiance 
Moment of Silence

I. Routine Business
A. Review of Agenda
B. Payment of Bills Ms. Spencer
C. Payroll Ms. Stokes
D. FHS Student Representative Comments
E. Superintendent’s Report

II. Guests/Presentations
A. 8th Grade Civics Projects Highlights
B. Norfolk County Sheriff's Office Comfort Dog
C. Space Needs Presentation

III. Discussion/Action Items
A. Davis Thayer Vote
I recommend, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40, Section 15A, that the School Committee declare that the Davis Thayer Elementary School property is no longer needed for school purposes, and further that the School Committee notify the Town Council of that determination.   https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/discussion_action_b_-_dt_vote.pdf
B. Superintendent’s Evaluation
The chair recommends approval of the Superintendent’s Evaluation as discussed.

C. Revised FY23 Budget
I recommend approval of the revised FY23 Budget amount of $70,220,825.00 as discussed.

D. Meal Prices
I recommend increasing the meal prices for the 2022-23 school year as detailed.

E. Refund of Graduating Seniors' Meal Balances
I recommend making an exception to policy EFD for school year 2021-22 to refund meal account balances over $10.00 for graduating seniors with no younger siblings as detailed.
IV. Discussion Only Items
A. none

V. Information Matters
A. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
B. School Committee Liaison Reports

VI. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from the May 24, 2022 School Committee meeting as detailed.
B. Solutions Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $275.00 for in-house enrichment as detailed.
C. Music Gifts
I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $974.00 from the Music Boosters for in-house enrichment as detailed.
D. PCC Gifts
I recommend acceptance of a check for $1600.00 from the Jefferson, JFK, Parmenter & Keller PCC’s for in-house enrichment as detailed.
E. Parmenter Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $200.00 from the Parmenter PCC for field trips as detailed.
F. Districtwide Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $285.00 from BJ’s Wholesale Club for districtwide in-house enrichment as detailed.

VII. Citizen’s Comments

VIII. New Business
To discuss any future agenda items

IX. Executive Session
a. 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.
b. Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §21(a)(2) to discuss strategy in preparation for negotiations with non-union personnel.


X. Adjournment



Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - June 14, 2022
Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - June 14, 2022

Friday, June 10, 2022

Town Council hears of way to proceed with Nu-Style property, approves Town Clerk salary, authorized updated cost for Beaver St interceptor (audio)

FM #815 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 815 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the Town Council meeting held in hybrid format on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. 

  • Chair: T Mercer, M Hamblen, C Frongillo, G Jones (remote), P Sheridan, D Pellegri (clerk for meeting with Jones remote), R Dellorco, T Cormier-Leger, B Chandler
  • Town Administration: J Hellen, A Alleyne, M Cerel, et al

The recording runs two hours and twenty minutes (excluding the recess), so let’s listen to the Town Council meeting on June 8, 2022.


Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-815-town-council-mtg-06-08-22

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Meeting agenda =>    

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/town_council_agenda_6-8-22_0.pdf 


Presentation on the Nu-Style property -> https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/franklin_presentation.pdf 


My notes -> 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1c3eKOj6mOCpr1fos7dvk_N4zcoh-DyO3/view?usp=sharing 


My photos taken during the meeting are in one album 

https://photos.app.goo.gl/6Rkh1UGK3MJ5Yz6S7 


YouTube video of meeting -> https://youtu.be/xQgdpRxgGOU


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This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


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Franklin Flyer youth hockey team with Town Council
Franklin Flyer youth hockey team with Town Council

FHS theatre group with Town Council
FHS theatre group with Town Council

Monday, May 30, 2022

Town Council approves FY 2023 budget; which restores 2 DPW positions and provides what Schools asked for (audio)

FM #808 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 808 in the series. 


This session of the radio show is the two part audio recording of the Franklin, MA Town Council FY 2023 Budget Hearing #2 conducted on Thursday, May 26, 2022. All nine members of the committee were present. 


The budget hearing closes after discussion around the Cultural Council budget resolving to not doing anything now. The budget does get trued up in November before the tax rating hearing in December 2022.


The farmers market license for LaCantina was approved.


The legislation for action covered the procedural votes for the budget. The vote on the Town Clerk salary (also a discussion item from Wednesday) was tabled until the June 8 meeting. The other budget items passed by 9-0 votes.


The Council then voted to enter the first of 2 executive sessions, not to return to public meeting. The first session was going to be chaired by Mercer. The second by Vice-Chair Dellorco as it was concerning the Schmidt property and Mercer has been recusing himself from those discussions.


The total approved operating budget for FY 2023 is $142,391,586 

  • adds back the two DPW positions cut during the FY 2022 budget

  • gives the Franklin schools the amount they asked for

The meeting runs 1 hour. 

Audio file ->  https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-808-town-council-fy2023-budget-hearing-2-05-26-22

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a. FY23 Town Council Annual Operating Budget Hearing

i. FY23 Voting Document   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/voting_document_fincom_level_fy23.pdf

ii. FY23 Town Administrator Budget Message (per Town Charter Section 6-4-1)   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/2022-04-20_fy_2023_budget_message_narrative_working_document_5.pdf

iii. Appendix A1 - Town Administrator Recommended Budget Voting Document & Budget Book (per Town Charter prevision 6-5-1 and 6-5-2)    https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/appendix_a_town_of_franklin_budget_book_fy23_2.pdf

iv. Appendix B1 - Franklin School Committee Recommended FY22 Budget Executive Summary  https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/02._fy23_executive_summary-revised_4-25-22.pdf

My notes via Twitter -> https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iCJomQ2HUrsvux_H-uYPURTyPE57ltB2/view?usp=sharing


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.


How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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Town Council takes 4 hours to get their questions answered for the FY2023 Budget Hearing #1 (2 part audio)

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - May 24, 2022 - 7 PM

Franklin Public Schools
Franklin School Committee
May 24, 2022 = 7:00 PM

Call to Order Ms. Spencer
Pledge of Allegiance 
Moment of Silence

I. Routine Business
A. Review of Agenda
B. Payment of Bills Ms. Spencer
C. Payroll Ms. Stokes
D. FHS Student Representative Comments
E. Superintendent’s Report
 
II. Guests/Presentations
A. Retiree Recognition
B. District Improvement Plan Update 2021-2022   https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/dip_outcomes_to_sc_2021-2022.pdf
C. Superintendent’s Evaluation – Presentation of Evidence  https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/superintendents_evaluation_evidence_2021-2022.pdf

III. Discussion/Action Items
A. Superintendent’s Contract
The Chair recommends approval of a 3 year contract with Lucas Giguere as Superintendent of Schools - July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2025.  https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/dip_outcomes_to_sc_2021-2022.pdf
B. Policy - 2nd Reading/Adoption
I recommend adoption of policy ADF - Wellness Policy as discussed.  https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/discussion_action_b_-_policy_2.pdf
C. Boys Basketball Trip
I recommend approval of the request of CJ Neely to take the Boys Basketball team to Orlando, Florida from December 26-30, 2022 to participate in the 2022 KSA Events Basketball Tournament as detailed.  https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/discussion_action_c_-_basketball_trip_-_orlando.pdf
D. Performing Arts Trip
I recommend approval of the request of Dianne Plouffe to take students to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida from April 15-19, 2023 to perform as detailed.  https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/discussion_action_d_-_performing_arts_trip.pdf
E. Spain Trip
I recommend approval of the request of Emily Chaisson & Laura Keenan to take students to Malaga & Granada, Spain from April 14-22, 2023 as detailed.  https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/discussion_action_e_-_spain_trip.pdf
F. Proposed MASC Resolution Regarding Sanctuary Laws for Trans Students
I recommend the School Committee adopt the proposed MASC Resolution regarding sanctuary laws for trans students for formal consideration by the 2022 Massachusetts Association of School Committees Delegate Assembly in November as discussed.  https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/discussion_action_f_-_resolution.pdf

IV. Discussion Only Items
A. none

V. Information Matters
A. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
B. School Committee Liaison Reports

VI. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from the May 10, 2022 School Committee meeting as detailed.
B. Transfers
I recommend approval of the budget transfers as detailed.
C. FHS Gifts
I recommend acceptance of the following gifts totaling $3,171.04 for FHS:
a. $2,524.66 Shutterfly, LLC Supplemental Supplies
b. $64.38 Ohiopyle Prints, Inc Supplemental Supplies
c. $402.00 MA Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. Supplemental Supplies
d. $30.00 Colleen Bond In-house Enrichment
e. $150.00 Paula Marano Scholarship
D. Parmenter Gift
I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $905.00 from the Parmenter PCC for Field Trips as detailed.
E. JFK Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $1875.00 from the JFK PCC for field trips as detailed.
F. Oak St. Recurring Field Trip
I recommend approval of the request of Brad Hendrixson for 66 2nd Grade students to travel to Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, RI on May 31, 2022 as detailed.

VII. Citizen’s Comments

VIII. New Business
To discuss any future agenda items

IX. Executive Session
a. 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.
b. Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §21(a)(2) to discuss strategy in preparation for negotiations with non-union personnel.

X. Adjournment 

divers
Meeting packet folder with documents released for this meeting ->   https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/pages/may-24-2022-school-committee-meeting-packet

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - May 24, 2022 - 7 PM
Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - May 24, 2022 - 7 PM

Friday, April 29, 2022

School Committee hears of awesome science fair projects - 04/26/22 (audio)

FM #785 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 785 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the regular School Committee meeting held Tuesday, April 26, 2022. 


Quick Recap:

  • Given the new agenda format, and that the Superintendent deliberation discussion had been conducted in the special meeting held prior to the regular session, the meeting was short and to the point

  • Superintendent Ahern provided multiple updates (superintendent’s report not yet posted to packet folder as this is published)

  • Recognition of FHS students for project placements at regional science fair. A future consideration would be to conduct a science fair at FHS (which apparently has not been done before). The two projects showcased were awesome. One project motorized a wheelchair, the other determined that an older encryption method is actually more secure than current methods

  • The School Committee entered executive session to continue work on their contract negotiations 


The meeting opened at 7 PM and ran approx. 43 minutes.

Audi file => https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-785-school-committee-mtg-04-26-22



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Agenda doc (includes remote connection info)

https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/scagenda_4-26-22.pdf


Science fair presentation -> https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/school_committee_presentation.pdf 


Meeting packet folder

https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/pages/april-26-2022-school-committee-meeting-packet


My notes -> https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xGSGx5CcwdxJ69doB39DUXtnGWmUXEth/view?usp=sharing 


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

------------------


You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"


FHS students presenting on their science fair projects
FHS students presenting on their science fair projects

the motorized wheel chair
the motorized wheel chair