Showing posts with label FY 2025. Show all posts
Showing posts with label FY 2025. Show all posts

Thursday, July 11, 2024

School Committee gets updates on FY 25 budget, redistricting, new website in only July meeting (audio)

FM #1243 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1234 in the series. 


This session shares the Franklin (MA) School Committee meeting held on Tuesday, July 9, 2024. 6 members participated, 5 in chambers, one remote (Gallagher), one was absent (Sompally).


Quick recap:

  • FY 2025 budget update - provided status on the hiring process, 29 open positions, multiple moving parts, jobs posted, recruiting active, some already hired (# not specified). 

  • Awaiting word on possible move of the Town Council to add another $1M at their meeting July 17. These funds, if approved, would be used for non-personnel restoration of programs, supplies, etc.

  • Redistricting status update - work progressing, principals announced, asst principals announcement forthcoming, work on the district alignment progressing, still working toward a release target of Sept/Oct. Date likely to be available later this summer. The info would go to the School Committee for review.

  • New website published as of July 1. Mobile client available for download to Apple or Android devices. Links still being fixed, content generally there and items being added as identified.


The recording runs about 70 minutes, so let’s listen in. Audio link -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1243-franklin-ma-school-cmte-mtg-07-09-24



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The Franklin TV video is available for replay ->  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEwItlrKSTE


Agenda doc  -> https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/events/franklin_school_committee_meeting_5.pdf     


Meeting packet folder -> (other docs released for this meeting, some of them available after the meeting)  https://www.franklinps.net/documents/departments/school-committee/meeting-packets/2023---24-meeting-packets/june-18%2C-2024/653629 


My notes in one PDF ->  

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MyqmefrU9Uc0hDTPGUs1Jm8sulLGFybI/view?usp=drive_link 


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


new website as of July 1, mobile version available
new website as of July 1, mobile version available

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

School Committee gets updates on FY 25 budget, redistricting, new website in only July meeting (video)

The Franklin (MA) School Committee met as scheduled Tuesday, July 9 or their only formal session in July. 6 members participated, 5 in chambers, one remote (Gallagher), one was absent (Sompally)

Quick recap:
  • FY 2025 budget update - provided status on the hiring process, 29 open positions, multiple moving parts, jobs posted, recruiting active, some already hired (# not specified). 
  • Awaiting word on possible move of the Town Council to add another $1M at their meeting July 17. These funds, if approved, would be used for non-personnel restoration of programs, supplies, etc.
  • Redistricting status update - work progressing, principals announced, asst principals announcement forthcoming, work on the district alignment progressing, still working toward a release target of Sept/Oct. Date likely to be available later this summer. The info would go to the School Committee for review.
  • New website published as of July 1. Mobile client available for download to Apple or Android devices. Links still being fixed, content generally there and items being added as identified.


Franklin TV video is available for replay -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEwItlrKSTE

My full set of notes captured during the meeting in one PDF ->  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MyqmefrU9Uc0hDTPGUs1Jm8sulLGFybI/view?usp=drive_link


new website as of July 1, mobile version available
new website as of July 1, mobile version available


Saturday, June 29, 2024

Franklin Public Schools: Revised FY25 Budget Update as of 6/28/24

To: Franklin School Committee 
From: Lucas Giguere, Superintendent 
Date: June 28, 2024
RE: Revised FY25 Budget Update

On June 26, 2024, the Franklin Town Council approved an increase of $1,145,000 from the municipal budget for the FY25 FPS budget. This is in addition to the previous increase of $3,335,399 approved on May 22nd, totaling $4,480,399 of operational funding. The revised FY25 total budget appropriation is $76,469,829 which represents less than level service by $2,806,814. We appreciate the additional funds approved by the Town Council allocated to our FY25 annual budget. In addition, there is a commitment to allocate $1,000,000 as a one-time fund for the 2024-25 school year.

Our strategy is to utilize operational funds to partially restore programming and staffing at each level and in various content areas. This was done in response to our students' needs and with consideration of the input received by students, staff, and the community. Unfortunately, with a less-than-level service budget, our programs will not be fully restored and may not offer the same experience for students. We have prioritized bringing back staffing and programs before the start of the fiscal year, as recommended below.

Elementary ($520,000)
Restore elementary school educator positions in the following areas ($340,000)
Kindergarten teachers (2.0 FTE) - larger-than-optimal class size
Grade 5 (1.0 FTE) - larger-than-optimal class size
Strive Teacher (1.0 FTE) - larger-than-optimal class size
Partially restore elementary instructional intervention supports in the following areas: ($180,000)
Specialists (2.0 FTE) - support tier 2 intervention for students, curriculum and assessment implementation, new report card implementation

Middle Level ($190,000)
Restore middle school educator position in the following area: ($190,000)
Music (1.0 FTE)- reinstate the chorus program
Reading Specialist (1.0 FTE) - reinstate tier 2 support for students

High School ($340,000)
Restore FHS educator positions in the following areas: ($340,000)
Business (1.0 FTE) - increased student demand and the requirement for Financial Literacy and business classes
Math (1.0 FTE) - restore AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, and Introduction to Computer Science courses.
PE/Wellness (1.0 FTE) - increase sections of required PE/Wellness classes for all students  
Librarian (1.0 FTE) - NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) accreditation evaluates schools based on various standards. Standard 4.4 in Student Learning Support requires a qualified librarian to support curriculum delivery, student research, and information literacy.

District ($85,000)
Partially restore educator positions in the following areas:
Digital Learning Integrationist educator (1.0 FTE) - Supporting student data privacy, FHS technology touchview installations, upgrades and training, and elementary and middle school curriculum implementation, development, and master planning support.

Total ($1,145,000)

In addition to the FY25 budget appropriation, the town is anticipated to vote on a transfer of $1,000,000 in one-time funding from the budget stabilization account in July 2024. One-time funds will not be applied toward educator positions as this would negatively impact our sustainability for the future. As a result, this funding will be applied to non-salaried positions and programming, non-recurring costs, and partial restoration of materials and supplies as detailed for the 2024-25 school year only..

The following items will be funded using one-time funds for the 2024-25 school year only. To continue, they would need to be included in the FY26 budget.

Elementary ($209,000)
Partially restore elementary school materials and supply budgets by reducing 10% instead of the previously reduced 25%. ($85,000)
Replace outdated curriculum materials and textbooks, following a curriculum replacement cycle for elementary school courses. To finalize, further review is needed. ($40,000)
Partially restore Instructional Interventionists across five elementary schools ($30,000)
Partially restore elementary activity monitors across five elementary schools ($30,000)
Fund K-2 and 3-5 school-based committee stipends for school reorganization and master planning during the 2024-25 school year. ($24,000)

Middle School ($142,000)
Partially restore selected middle school educator instructional and non-instructional stipends.
After-school clubs and activities and student support ($30,000)
Best Buddies, Peer Leaders, Unified Basketball, Behavioral Support and Accountability, etc. If available, we will utilize the remaining funds to restore other club offerings. Further review is needed to finalize.
Creation of after-school programs ($35,000)
After-school Middle School Orchestra and Middle School Theater (Footlighters) programs. Further development is needed to finalize.
Partially restore middle school materials and supply budgets by reducing 10% instead of the previously reduced 25%. ($25,000)
Replace outdated curriculum materials and textbooks, following a curriculum replacement cycle for middle school courses. To finalize, further review is needed. ($40,000)  
Fund 6-8 school-based committee stipends for school reorganization and master planning during the 2024-25 school year. ($12,000)

High School ($220,000)
Partially restore selected high school educators' non-instructional stipends for activities.
After-school clubs and activities ($40,000)
Best Buddies, DECA, Empty Bowls, FHS National Honor Society, Science, Math, Business National Honor Society, Mock Trial, and Academic Decathlon. If available, we will utilize the remaining funds to restore other club offerings. To finalize, further review is needed.
Creation of after-school programs ($35,000)
Robotics and FHS Theater Company. Further development is needed to finalize.
Fund the Franklin High School Guidance Department summer hours ($35,000)
This includes building a new master schedule and contacting students to finalize individual 2024-25 school year schedules. During July and August, our primary focus will be hiring new staff and creating new master schedules at all levels. It is estimated that the high school will take six full weeks to meet with students and build a new schedule.
Continue a cohort of YOG 2025 and 2026 FAA students into classes providing the opportunity to complete the FAA program with English and History courses.
Fund FHS 9-12 school-based committee stipends for academic program planning during the 2024-25 school year. ($12,000)
Partially restore high school materials and supply budgets by reducing 10% instead of the previously reduced 25%. ($38,000)
Replace outdated curriculum materials and textbooks, following a curriculum replacement cycle for individual high school courses. To finalize, further review is needed. ($60,000)

District ($144,000)
Fund District committee stipends for school reorganization and master planning during the 2024-25 school year. ($14,000)
Partially restore District materials, supplies, and contract services budgets by reducing 10% instead of the previously reduced 25%. ($90,000)
Support for the Human Resources Department to assist in hiring and onboarding vacant positions and operations during the 2024-25 school year. ($40,000)

Partial Fees Assistance ($285,000)
Partially offset athletic fees for the 2024-25 school year. ($245,000)
Distributed among sports to defray costs in coordination with the Athletic Department for the 2024-25 school year. Further analysis is needed to finalize.
Creation of a financial assistance process for families based on their income eligibility aligned with the Free and Reduced Lunch criteria. Further analysis and development are needed to finalize.
Partial offset ECDC PreK tuition ($40,000)
A 10% increase to PreK Tuition (instead of the previously increased 20%) for the 2024-25 school year. Further analysis is needed to finalize.
 
Our goal is to provide as much detail and transparency as possible in a short time frame. As noted, further review, analysis, and development are needed to finalize specific items and adjustments could be made to the application of these one-time funds.

Total ($1,000,000)

In the FY25 6/18/24 FY25 Budget Update, it was mentioned that receiving an approved budget just before the start of the fiscal year in July would have a significant impact. This situation presents various challenges for our operations. Our main focus will be on completing important tasks such as revising our budget, rebuilding master schedules, creating student schedules, ordering supplies, hiring necessary staff, and retaining high-quality educators. In May and June, we received nineteen resignations, with twelve in June. Some cited the desire for more budget stability and less volatility as their reasons for leaving the Franklin Public Schools. All of this must be done while allocating time to close out the previous fiscal year and plan for the upcoming school year.

We are committed to providing the best education possible for our students with the available resources. Please allow my leadership team the time, space, and bandwidth this summer to complete these priorities while handling the work customarily completed during the summer.

Respectfully, 

Lucas Giguere




The FY 2025 budget page for the Franklin Public Schools ->    https://www.franklinps.net/district/school-district-budget/pages/1-fy2025-budget

Franklin Public Schools: Revised FY25 Budget Update as of 6/28/24
Franklin Public Schools: Revised FY25 Budget Update as of 6/28/24 

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Franklin PorchFest sets date for Saturday, June 7, 2025

Via the Porchfest Committee: 

"Franklin PorchFest was a huge hit! 
Thank you to our porch hosts for allowing both bands and residents to enjoy the music on your porch and a special thanks to all the performers whose talent is unbounded and was shared with the residents of Franklin. 
And thank you to the PorchFest Committee who worked tirelessly to create a community event enjoyed by all. 
Save the date, Franklin PorchFest 2025 is coming, Saturday, June 7, 2025! Check our website at Franklin.PorchFest.Info as we get closer - see you all next year!

Shared from -> https://www.facebook.com/share/joSUQRhz8rWnd195/

Franklin PorchFest sets date for Saturday, June 7, 2025
Franklin PorchFest sets date for Saturday, June 7, 2025

Franklin School Committee - Special Meeting scheduled for June 27, 2024 - 5 PM (Virtual Only)

Franklin Public Schools
Franklin School Committee
School Committee Special Meeting
June 27, 2024 - 5:00 PM
Virtual Only

A G E N D A
"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

● FY25 Revised Budget

● Revised FY25 Budget Vote
I recommend approval of the revised FY25 Budget in the amount of $75,324,829 as detailed. (The Town Council will be meeting on June 26th to discuss increasing the Town Appropriation to the School Department. If they do increase the appropriation the actual amount to vote on will be modified to represent the approved amount by the Town Council.)
● Adjourn

Agenda doc contains remote participation info -> 

Franklin School Committee - Special Meeting scheduled for June 27, 2024 - 5 PM (Virtual Only)
Franklin School Committee - Special Meeting scheduled for June 27, 2024 - 5 PM (Virtual Only)

Saturday, June 22, 2024

"The Town Council will consider a proposed FY25 Budget adjustment"

June 21, 2024

To: Town Council
From:     Jamie Hellen, Town Administrator
            Amy Frigulietti, Deputy Town Administrator

Re: FY25 Budget Adjustment

The Town Council will consider a proposed FY25 Budget adjustment to cut from municipal services in an effort to restore some of the School cuts that have been proposed due to the failed townwide override vote on June 11, 2024.

We are proposing municipal budget adjustments before the Council for consideration this evening due to the overwhelming amount of public feedback from school parents, educators and stakeholders in the wake of the failed override vote. While we do not take these cuts lightly, we feel they are necessary to try and preserve some of the School cuts. With that said, we want to be clear that this is not a request that has been made by the Superintendent or School Committee. The decision to further trim from the municipal budget was examined, in response to public feedback, with the intention of presenting the next level of discussion and engagement on the town budget prior to the fiscal year beginning.

At the meeting on Wednesday, June 26th, we will present a brief slideshow outlining proposed cuts line item by line item and will have handouts. We are still working with our finance team on the slideshow, lists of cuts, communicating them, and revising the voting document for the Town Council to consider. Once finalized, we will publish these materials and will have all the information to the Town Council and the Community as soon as possible.

As we have mentioned many times before, the amount of work requested of our staff far exceeds the actual staff capacity. We all have so much going on right now, general administration of these types of items is very challenging to do.

The first round of proposed cuts focuses on areas that generate little to no revenue. When the town considers cuts, we also have to be cognizant of the offsetting revenues various departments bring in and potential cost increases associated with cuts, such as overtime, that may accompany a final decision.

Please let us know if you have any questions and more materials will be made available next week.



The FY 25 Budget update memo -> 

"The Town Council will consider a proposed FY25 Budget adjustment"
"The Town Council will consider a proposed FY25 Budget adjustment"

School Committee with a light agenda list has heavy discussions (audio)

FM #1238 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1238 in the series. 


This session shares the Franklin (MA) School Committee meeting held on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. Five members of the Committee were present in the Council Chambers. Vice Chair Dave McNeill led the session as Chair D Callaghan and E Gallagher were absent.


Quick recap:

  • Elementary Report Card Update, modifications made since last meeting, approved later in session

  • EFD - Meal Charge Policy & EFD-R - Meal Charge Policy and Procedures both approved

  • Fee Increase Vote, due to failed override, a number of fees were approved for an increase

  • Superintendent’s Evaluation Report, discussed and approved with a rating of “Proficient”

  • FY 2025 Budget Update, was available on the website, at least as of Friday. With failure of the override program and staff cuts to live within the original amount provided by the Town $75M, hence 37 positions cut, 33 were educators. Difference between "reduction" vs "eliminated" explained

  • Multiple citizen comments, mostly passionate advocating for restoration of music and art programs



The recording runs about 3 hours minutes, so let’s listen in. Audio link -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1238-franklin-ma-school-cmte-mtg-06-18-24



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The Franklin TV video is available for replay ->  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcxG4nP96wQ   


FY 2025 Budget update -> 

https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/budget_update_to_sc_6_18_24.pdf 


Agenda doc  -> https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/agendas/scagenda_6-18-24.pdf     


Meeting packet folder -> (other docs released for this meeting, some of them available after the meeting)  https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/pages/june-18-2024-school-committee-meeting-packet 


My notes in one PDF ->  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bPdSl_iiJ_lSDyK8hAT9Rt262UZpM8dI/view?usp=drive_link 


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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"


School Committee with a light agenda list has heavy discussions (audio)
School Committee with a light agenda list has heavy discussions (audio)

Friday, June 21, 2024

Franklin Public Schools shares the FY25 Budget Update (as of June 20, 2024)

To:     Franklin Community
From:     Lucas Giguere, Superintendent 
Date:    June 20, 2024
RE:     FY25 Budget Update 

Dear Franklin Community,

On May 22nd, the Franklin Town Council approved an appropriation of $75,324,829. While this appropriation represents a 4.5% increase over FY24, the largest increase the Franklin Public Schools have ever received, it still represents less than the School Committee’s approved budget intended to stabilize the district. As a result of the failed override vote, there is not enough funding to support the approved budget for current services and staffing in the next year (FY25). We must implement program and service cuts as a result of the failed Proposition 2 ½ override.

This document outlines the cuts in staff, supplies, and materials. The School Committee will need to approve a new budget that aligns with the amount allocated by the Town Council. The outlined reductions are necessary to address the financial constraints, as the final budget is lower than the amount needed for Level Service Plus, as detailed in the budget documents available on our website.

With a less-than-level service budget, 37 positions were eliminated, including teachers and educational support personnel (-5.1%), school administration (-6.4%), and other district non-union personnel and administrator (-22%), necessitating the district to prioritize educational needs. Over the past months, we have identified the reductions and shared the associated impacts with our school community.
Educators = 33/644 = 5.1%
School Leaders = 2/22 = 9.1%
District non-union personnel and administrator= 3/9 = 22%

Below is a summary of the anticipated areas impacted and how these will affect our schools, staff, and students. Please note that program reductions may also include the elimination of specific programming for certain student populations, such as particular grade levels. AS THE BUDGET IS FINALIZED AND MASTER SCHEDULES ARE BUILT, SHIFTS MAY OCCUR.

1. Elementary —Reducing elementary classroom teachers will increase class sizes, with multiple sections at or over recommended guidelines and sections at or above 24 students. Reductions in curriculum specialists will impact elementary tier 2 support for math and literacy, curriculum and assessment development, and classroom support. Reducing library support will result in limited access to elementary school libraries, with school libraries being closed on certain days of the week. Reducing an elementary school adjustment counselor prioritizes students with the most needs, limiting our ability to support students and families proactively.
2. Middle—Eliminating middle school chorus and orchestra programs. Reducing band across the three middle schools will limit the number of students accessing the program. Reducing to one Spanish teacher at each middle school adjusts the program's instructional expectations. Middle school tier 2 reading support is reduced. Reducing library support will result in limited access to middle school libraries, with school libraries being closed on certain days of the week.
 
3. High School—Reducing high school teachers will increase class sizes, with some sections at or above the recommended guidelines of 24 students. Courses that are graduation requirements will be prioritized over elective offerings in all subject areas, resulting in elective offerings being reduced or eliminated. 
The electives being reduced are still being finalized, but likely include: AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, Introduction to Computer Science, AP Latin Language and Culture, Latin I, Creative Writing, Early Childhood Education, Astronomy, Robotics, FAA Anatomy/Structures of Life, Stagecraft, Theater I, II, III, Musical Theatre Workshop, AP Music Theory, Music Production I, II. Juniors and seniors will have priority in AP course selections and wellness/PE electives, displacing and potentially eliminating sophomore AP and PE elective experiences. Athlete access to PE electives will be limited. Many high school extracurricular activities will also be eliminated or reduced.
4. Administrators and non-union staff—Reducing two school-based administrators results in redistributing the responsibilities of current administrators among schools. Reducing three district non-union positions, two in non-union personnel and one district administrator. In analyzing the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's RADAR reports for Franklin Public Schools compared to state averages. Across key categories, the district aligns closely with the statewide norm regarding school leaders per 100 students, maintaining parity at 0.2. Across other key categories, the district falls below the statewide norm regarding Instructional leaders at 0.5 per 100 students, below the state's 0.6 average, and District-level administration, at
0.1 per 100 students versus the state's 0.3.
5. Support Services—District-wide social worker support services affect student caseloads, leading to reduced counseling staff intervention, prioritizing those with the most needs, and impacting our ability to support students and families proactively.
6. Operational Adjustments—Increasing all fee and tuition-based programs, self-funding athletics, and reducing all school supply budgets (-25%), reducing the Office of Teaching and Learning budget (-25%) to reduce professional learning opportunities for educators, curriculum resources for students, curriculum committees, educational software, and stipends, Central Office (-25%). Reducing activity monitors (-17%) and educational interventionists (-25%) decreases time spent supporting students.
7. Staff Transfers—Staff transfers due to eliminated positions can create a cascading effect on less senior staff members at various grade levels based on seniority.

Timing and Planning—The impact of additional funding this late in June, before the start of the fiscal year in July, creates challenges for operations, ordering supplies for the new school year, rebuilding master schedules, creating student schedules, and taking away from the time needed to close out the previous fiscal year and plan for the upcoming school year. For example, the high school schedule cannot be run until definitive course and staffing decisions are finalized.

The impact of receiving funding so close to the start of the fiscal year cannot be overstated. It compresses our timeline for crucial tasks such as revising our budget and hiring essential staff, making it challenging to retain and secure
high-quality educator positions and allocate resources effectively. We have received eighteen resignations in May and June, with eleven received in June. Some referenced a desire for more budget stability and less volatility as their reason for leaving the Franklin Public Schools.

Given the timing of our circumstances, an infusion of one-time revenue would only exacerbate the financial challenges the district faces exponentially and would not be used to restore staff positions. As a result of the failed override, we have been prepared to move forward with the reductions in less-than-ideal conditions. While additional funding would benefit students, we, as a community, must recognize that additional allocations to the schools likely come at the expense of town-wide cuts and town-wide services. We do not support subsidizing the schools at the expense of town services and staff. Many of these departments such as the Police, Fire, DPW, Library, and Facilities directly support schools in a variety of ways.

While additional funds are appreciated as a long-term commitment, it remains a reality that receiving these funds at this late date creates challenges with retaining previously cut staff, hiring new staff, and rebuilding master schedules in time, all previously communicated as impacts. We created four budgets at the start of the budget development cycle, received School Committee approval on a recommended budget, and revised the budget to meet the town appropriation. We are now conducting an exercise to identify a series of prioritized bringbacks in the event additional funds are allocated from the town before the start of the fiscal year. These bringbacks have financial implications. The majority of time in July and August will be spent hiring new staff and creating new master schedules at all levels. It is estimated that it will take six full weeks at the high school to meet with students and build a new schedule. Should long-term funding be allocated to the schools, we’ve summarized the POTENTIAL use of resources below, subject to further review.

Reinstate elementary school educators due to larger-than-optimal class sizes
Strive Teacher  (1.0 FTE)
Kindergarten teachers (2.0 FTE)
Grade 5 (1.0 FTE)
Reinstate middle school educators in the following areas:
Chorus (1.0 FTE)- reinstate chorus
Reinstate FHS educators in the following areas:
PE/Wellness (1.0 FTE) - add sections of required PE/Wellness classes for all students
Theater/Music (1.0 FTE) - reinstate theater and music electives
Librarian (1.0 FTE): NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) accreditation evaluates schools based on various standards. Standard 4.4 in Student Learning Support requires a qualified librarian to support curriculum delivery, student research, and information literacy.
Business (1.0 FTE) - increased student demand and the requirement for Financial Literacy
Review reinstating elementary instructional intervention supports
Review reinstating elementary activity monitors
Review reinstating selected middle school educator instructional and non-instructional stipends
Review reinstating high school educator non-instructional stipends for activities such as Science, Math, Business National Honor Societies, and SAGA (subject to further review)
Fund high school Guidance Department summer hours to build the new master schedule and meet with students to finalize individual schedules for the 2024-25 school year.

Despite the challenges presented, we are committed to staying true to our goal of providing the best education possible for our students with the available resources. Please understand that our leadership team needs the time, space, and bandwidth this summer to complete these priorities while completing the work normally done during the summer as well. As such we will do our best to respond to your contacting us via email and/or phone in as timely a manner as practical.

Sincerely, Lucas Giguere
Superintendent
Franklin Public Schools

The PDF version of this can be found on the Schools page ->   https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/budget_update_to_sc_6_18_24.pdf

You can listen to the School Committee meeting of June 18 to hear this presentation and discussion (begins at 46:32)