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Showing posts with label consent agenda. Show all posts

Monday, April 25, 2022

Back to back School Committee meetings on Tuesday, Apr 26

There are two School Committee meetings scheduled back to back on Tuesday evening. The first meeting scheduled for 6 PM will be an open deliberation on the Superintendent candidate, current Asst Superintendent Lucas Giguere. The second meeting scheduled for 7 PM is the normal 2nd business meeting for the month. It features student science fair award winners in an otherwise 'light' schedule before going into an executive session to continue labor negotiation strategy.

  • Superintendent hiring meetings

Mar 1 - Special meeting on Superintendent hiring featured consultation with MASC Tracy Novick. The audio for this 45 minute session is here  -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/03/franklin-school-committee-votes-to.html

Apr 13 - Special meeting to interview the current Assistant Superintendent Lucas Giguere. Each committee member asked 2 questions each with a brief time check after the first round of questions. The meeting last 65 minutes ->   https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/04/special-school-committee-mtg.html

Agenda for 6 PM meeting -> (note NO Zoom option, only live stream or cable broadcast as well as in person in the Council Chambers = The Zoom option as added during the day on Monday and agenda revised to include it)    https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/agendas/scagenda_4-26-22_special_mtg-revised.pdf

  • Regular meeting at 7 PM
Agenda doc (includes remote connection info)

Meeting packet folder

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Apr 26, 2022
Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Apr 26, 2022

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Apr 26, 2022

Franklin School Committee 
April 26, 2022 -  7:00 PM
Municipal Building – Council Chambers  

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. MA Region III Science Fair Winners
1. 1st Place: Antonio Marzoratti & Arav Tyagi - Wheelchair Project
2. 2nd Place: Anna David - The Effects of Cipher Choice on Entropy

III. Discussion/Action Items
A. None

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 of the April 12, 2022 School Committee Meeting as detailed.
B. Transfers
I recommend approval of the budget transfers as detailed.
C. Jefferson Gifts
I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $5,050.00 as follows:
$ 50.00 Minted Supplemental Supplies
$5,000.00 Jefferson PCC Field Trips D. Scholarships
I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $10,850.00 for FHS Scholarships as follows:
$10,000.00 Digital Federal Credit Union
$ 850.00 Carol Maher Memorial Scholarship E. Districtwide Gifts
I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $1,000.00 from Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools for supplemental supplies and in-house enrichment as detailed.
F.  Music Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $3,312.00 from Music Parents for 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

Agenda doc (includes remote connection info)

Meeting packet folder

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Apr 26, 2022
Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Apr 26, 2022

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Apr 12, 2022 (new order of business format)

Franklin School Committee
April 12, 2022 - 7:00 PM
Municipal Building – Council Chambers


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. FY23 Revised Superintendent’s Recommended Budget

III. Discussion/Action Items
A. FY23 Budget Vote
I recommend approval of the FY23 Budget in the amount of $70,216,996.00 as discussed.

B. School Choice Vote
I recommend to not accept school choice students for the 2022-23 school year as discussed.

C. Revised 2022-23 School Calendar
I recommend adoption of the Revised 2022-2023 School Calendar as discussed.


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 of the March 22, 2022 School Committee Meeting as detailed.
B. Executive Session Minutes
I recommend approval of the Executive Session minutes of the March 22,2022 School Committee Meeting as detailed.
C. DECA International Competition (recurring) Field Trip
I recommend approval of the request of Miguel Carmo to take DECA students to Atlanta, GA for the International competition from April 23-27, 2022 as detailed.
D. JFK Recurring Field Trip
I recommend approval of the request of Ms. Trottier to take JFK 2nd graders to Roger Williams Park Zoo, in Providence RI on May 20, 2022 as detailed.
E. Cooperstown Field Trip
I recommend approval of the request of Zach Brown to take the FHS Baseball players to Cooperstown, NY from April 18 - 19, 2022 as detailed

VII. Citizen’s Comments

VIII. New Business
To discuss any future agenda items

IX. Adjournment

 

Agenda doc -> https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/agendas/scagenda_4-12-22.pdf

Meeting packet folder -> https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/pages/april-12-2022-school-committee-meeting-packet

School Committee - Agenda - Apr 12, 2022 (new order of business format)
School Committee - Agenda - Apr 12, 2022 (new order of business format)

Monday, March 28, 2022

Back to back School Committee meetings Tuesday, April 26

The Franklin School Committee has two meetings back to back on Tuesday evening. The first will be the deliberation on the one internal candidate they interviewed last week for Superintendent. The second is the normally scheduled 2nd meeting of the month.

First meeting - Apr 26, 2022 - 6 PM

How did the school committee get to this deliberation decision?

The meeting will be broadcast via cable and live streamed. It will not be available via Zoom.  Agenda doc with connection info ->    https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/agendas/scagenda_4-26-22_special_mtg.pdf

Second meeting - April 26, 2022 - 7 PM

The meeting will be broadcast via cable and live streamed. It will be available via Zoom. Agenda doc (includes remote connection info)

Back to back School Committee meetings Tuesday, April 26
Back to back School Committee meetings Tuesday, April 26

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - March 22, 2022

Franklin School Committee
March 22, 2022 = 7:00 PM
Municipal Building – Council Chambers


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

FY23 Budget Open Hearing 


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 Readings / Adoptions I recommend adoption of the following policies as discussed: 
● BEDB – Order of Business 
● BEDH – Public Participation at School Committee Meetings 
● EBCFA – Face Coverings 
● JICFB - Bullying 

IV. Discussion Only Items 
A. none 

V. Information Matters 
A. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports (e.g. Supt. Evaluation, Budget, Community Relations/Public Schools Advocacy, Policy, Space Needs/Facilities Assessment) 
B. School Committee Liaison Reports (e.g. Joint PCC, (SATF) Substance Abuse Task Force, (SWAC) School Wellness Advisory Council, (SEPAC) Special Education Parent Advisory Council, (DEI) Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee). 

VI. New Business 
A.  To discuss any future agenda items 

VII. Consent Agenda 
A. Approval of Minutes 
I recommend approval of the minutes of the March 1, 2022 special meeting and the March 8, 2022 regular School Committee Meeting as detailed. 
B. Recurring Field Trip 
I recommend approval of the request of Beth Jenson & Jennifer Martinelli to take Keller 5th graders to Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, RI on May 27, 2022 as detailed. 
C. Budget Transfers 
I recommend approval of the budget transfers as detailed. 
D. JFK Gift I recommend acceptance of a check for $1,240.80 from the JFK PCC for supplemental supplies as detailed. 
E. Scholarship 
I recommend acceptance of a check for $5,000.00 from Takashi & Keiko Kitanosono for a FHS Scholarship as detailed. 
F. RMS Gift 
I recommend acceptance of a check for $1,299.94 from Lifetouch/Shutterfly, LLC for in-house enrichment at Remington Middle School as detailed. 
G. Music Gift 
I recommend acceptance of a check for $230.00 from Franklin Music Parents for in-house enrichment for the Music Dept. as detailed. 
H. Jefferson Gifts 
I recommend the acceptance of two checks totaling $5,101.64 for Jefferson Elementary School as follows: 
Donors Choose $101.64  Supplemental Supplies 
Jefferson PCC $5,000.00  Field Trips 

VIII. Payment of Bills Ms. Spencer 
IX. Payroll Ms. Stokes 

X. 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)(3) to discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining with non-union personnel. 

XI. Adjournment

Agenda document ->    https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/agendas/scagenda_3-22-22.pdf

Agenda packet -> https://www.franklinps.net/district/school-committee/pages/march-22-2022-school-committee-meeting-packet

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - March 22, 2022
Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - March 22, 2022


Sunday, February 6, 2022

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Meeting Agenda - Feb 8, 2022

Franklin School Committee
February 8, 2022 - 7:00 PM
Municipal Building – Council Chambers


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. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Presentation

III. Discussion/Action Items
A. 2022-2023 School Calendar
I recommend approval of the 2022-23 School Calendar as discussed.
https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/discussion_action_a_-_22-23_school_calendar.pdf
B. Policy - 1st Reading
I recommend moving Policy GDQD - Suspension and Dismissal of Support Staff
Members to a second reading.
V. Information Matters
A. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports (e.g. Supt. Evaluation, Budget,
Community Relations/Public Schools Advocacy, Policy, Space Needs & Facilities
Assessment Sub Committee)
B. School Committee Liaison Reports (e.g. Joint PCC, (SATF) Substance Abuse Task Force, (SWAC) School Wellness Advisory Council, SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council), DEI Committee (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion).

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 January 25, 2022 School
Committee meeting as detailed.
B. Music Gifts
I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $4,116.00from music parents for
in house enrichment as detailed.
C. FHS Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $2,910.16 from Grynn & Barrett
Enterprises, Inc. for supplemental supplies for FHS as detailed.

VIII. Payment of Bills Ms. Spencer

IX. Payroll Ms. Stokes


X. 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)(3) to discuss strategy with respect to collective
bargaining with non-union personnel.
c. Executive session pursuant to 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 Kyle Thompson and dated
February 3, 2022.

XI. Adjournment 



Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Recap: School Committee hears about the FHS program of studies, approves senior perks, and trip to Nationals for FHS Cheerleaders

Quick recap:
  • School Committee hears about modifications to the FHS Program of Studies for the 2022-2023 School Year, what the modifications are and how they were developed from feedback and recognition of changes in students and needs
  • Note the presentation doc previously released for this meeting was not the one used in the meeting, some pages had split out to multiple pages. Screen captures show the updated copy
  • Approval for FHS senior perks and for the FHS cheerleading team to travel to National competition was granted. The team cheered so loudly outside the building after they left the Council Chambers, it briefly interrupted the proceedings inside. A happy moment to recognize the accomplishments for this group
  • A new program for COVID-19 testing using "at-home FDA-approved rapid antigen test" kits. The test/stay process and contact tracing will stop with the introduction of these kits provided by DESE.
  • The School Committee entered Executive Session and did not return to open meeting to continue discussions on negotiations

Photos captured during the meeting can be found in one album  https://photos.app.goo.gl/MXrJDo8M5A2c4tu96

Audio of the meeting should be available in a couple of days

My notes captured via Twitter during the meeting are summarized in the following PDF doc. This new tool also includes the photos shared inline with the tweet notes.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1M3AcnmYaJV8IAr9sUGLmKvYsaEo8mPrs/view?usp=sharing



Recap: School Committee hears about the FHS program of studies, approves senior perks, and trip to Nationals for FHS Cheerleaders
Recap: School Committee hears about the FHS program of studies, approves senior perks, and trip to Nationals for FHS Cheerleaders


Saturday, January 22, 2022

Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting - Agenda - Jan 25, 2022


Call to Order 
Pledge of Allegiance
Moment of Silence

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. FHS Program of Studies – Josh Hanna, Principal FHS

III. Discussion/Action Items
A. Extending Senior Perks to Include Lunch Block for Students in Directed Study
I recommend approval of the request of Principal Josh Hanna to extend student
perks to include lunch block for students in Directed Study as detailed.
B. Varsity Cheerleading National Competition
I recommend approval of the request of Doni Gill (Coach) to take 11 cheerleaders
to Orlando, Florida from March 18-21, 2022 for the Nationals Competition as
detailed.
C. Space Needs & Facilities Assessment Sub Committee
I recommend that the School Committee establish a Space Needs & Facilities
Assessment Sub Committee as detailed.

IV. Discussion Only Items
A. COVID Status Update

V. Information Matters
A. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports (e.g. Supt. Evaluation, Budget,
Community Relations/Public Schools Advocacy, Policy)
B. School Committee Liaison Reports (e.g. Joint PCC, (SATF) Substance Abuse Task
Force, (SWAC) School Wellness Advisory Council, SEPAC (Special Education Parent
Advisory Council), DEI Committee (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion).

VI. New Business
A. To discuss any future agenda items

VII. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from your January 11, 2022 School Committee meeting as detailed.
B. Transfers
I recommend approval of the budget transfers as detailed.
C. Music Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $664.40 from music parents for supplemental supplies as detailed.
D. Jazz Festival Recurring Field Trip
I recommend approval of the request of Diane Plouffe to take Jazz Band students to the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, on March 12, 2022 to participate in the Annual Jazz Festival as detailed.
E. Executive Session Minutes for Release
I recommend approval of the Executive Session Minutes from the January 11, 2022 Meeting as detailed.

VIII. Payment of Bills Ms. Spencer

IX. Payroll Ms. Stokes

X. Executive Session
 Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §21(a)(3) to discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining with non-union personnel.

XI. Adjournment 


Documents released for this meeting can be found in the packet folder ->

Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting - Agenda - Jan 25, 2022
Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting - Agenda - Jan 25, 2022

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Recap: School Committee hears about (1) special education program, (2) daily challenges of pandemic, and approves trip to US Special Olympics

Quick Recap:
  • The major portion of the meeting was spent on special education and student services in support of the 17% of the district students needing such services. Always a cost factor for the budget, the costs are rising but the number of students receiving such services is holding steady.
  • Great background info for this new Committee (and for the public) on how services are provided, how the in district programs help to reduce costs. Specific details on exactly how much were not available at this session but will be for the up coming budget cycle.
  • The update on the COVID-19 pandemic and the struggle it is continuing to provide the schools and their operations was staggering.
  • The capital budget was approved and it now moves forward to a discussion with Finance Committee before going to the Town Council for approval.
  • The budget adjustment to the current year budget was approved.
  • FHS Unified basketball team trip to US Special Olympics was approved. This is the first MA team to represent the state at this event. No cost to district, supporters group prepared to cover any incidental expenses for the individuals if needed.
  • Entered Executive Session to address three items and (fortunately) while the agenda posted initially said they would return to open session, they did announce they wouldn't.
Audio recording to be available in a couple of days.

View the full Twitter thread in the embedded PDF file below or download to read from here ->  https://drive.google.com/file/d/11L35-x8AUhH3qbg3VYwNCy6pTsv4iSmP/view?usp=sharing

Note this Threadreader service makes it easier to share the Tweets including the photos within the 'stream.' For meetings where the thread has less photos, I'll copy the text but where there are photos, this is so much easier to keep it all together.



Recap: School Committee hears about (1) special education program, (2) daily challenges of pandemic, and approves trip to US Special Olympics
Recap: School Committee hears about (1) special education program, (2) daily challenges of pandemic, and approves trip to US Special Olympics

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting - Jan 11, 2022

Franklin School Committee
January 11, 2022 - 7:00 PM
Municipal Building – Council Chambers 


Call to Order 
Pledge of Allegiance
Moment of Silence

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. Student Services Presentation – Paula Marano, Ellen White, Jennifer Graveline

III. Discussion/Action Items
A. ACCEPT Education Collaborative Revision of Capital Reserve Fund Maximum
Balance
I recommend approval of the ACCEPT Collaborative to increase the maximum
balance of the Capital Reserve Fund from $1,000,000 to $3,000,000 as detailed.
B. FY22 Capital Requests
I recommend approval of the FY22 Capital requests as discussed.
C. Revised FY22 Budget
I recommend approval of the revised FY22 Budget in the amount of $67,820,825
as discussed.
D. Unified Basketball Field trip
I recommend approval of the request of Lisa Burger to take 10 Unified Basketball
students to Orlando, Florida from June 4-12, 2022 to represent Massachusetts in
the USA Special Olympic Games 2022 as detailed.
E. Policy Elimination
I recommend elimination of Policy GDJ - Support Staff Assignments and Transfers
as discussed.

IV. Discussion Only Items
A. COVID Status Update

V. Information Matters
A. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports (e.g. Supt. Evaluation, Budget,
Community Relations/Public Schools Advocacy, Policy)
B. School Committee Liaison Reports (e.g. Joint PCC, (SATF) Substance Abuse Task
Force, (SWAC) School Wellness Advisory Council, SEPAC, DEI Committee
(Diversity, Equity & Inclusion).

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 December 14, 2021 School
Committee meeting as detailed.
B. Parmenter Gifts
I recommend acceptance of 2 checks totaling $688.31 as detailed:
$613.31 DCU Adopt a Class Program – Supplemental Supplies/Curriculum
$75.00 Leuders Environmental, Inc. – Supplemental Supplies
C. Keller Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $2,553.67 from O’Connor Studios for
Supplemental Supplies as detailed.
D. Wagner Scholarship
I recommend acceptance of a check for $5,000.00 for the Wagner Scholarship as
detailed.

VIII. Payment of Bills    Ms. Spencer

IX. Payroll     Ms. Stokes

X. 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)(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)(2) to conduct collective bargaining with nonunion personnel as an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the School Committee and the Chair so declares.
D. Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §21(a)(2) to conduct 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, and to return in Open Session.
XI. Adjournment


Meeting packet folder (all other documents released for this meeting) ->

Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting - Jan 11, 2022
Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting - Jan 11, 2022


Friday, December 17, 2021

FM #679 - Franklin, MA: School Committee Mtg - 12/14/21 (audio)

FM #679 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 679 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the Franklin, MA School Committee meeting held on Tuesday, December 14, 2021.


The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: six of the School Committee members were in the Council Chambers along with some of the public, one member was remote (M Whitmore) along with some members the public via conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.


The recording of the public meeting runs about one hour and thirty minutes. The School Committee enters Executive Session and does not return to a public meeting. 


Links to the meeting agenda and associated documents released for this meeting are included in the show notes. The link to my notes taken during the meeting is also provided.


Let’s listen to this segment of the School Committee meeting Dec 14, 2021

 

Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-679-franklin-ma-school-committee-mtg-12-14-21


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Meeting agenda doc ->   

https://franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/agendas/scagenda_12-14-21.pdf


School Committee Meeting packet folder ->  

https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/pages/december-14-2021-school-committee-meeting-packet 


My notes captured during the meeting

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/12/recap-school-committee-hears-lifelong.html

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Franklin, MA: School Committee Mtg - 12/14/21 (audio)
Franklin, MA: School Committee Mtg - 12/14/21 (audio)

Recap: School Committee hears Lifelong Learning update, plans for FHS masking; approved FHS business trips

Quick Recap:
  • Citizen commenters returned after a brief hiatus; one told of a sad story of her student being punished for something the IEP was supposed to be addressing; another advocated for inclusion of Diwali on the list of recognized religious holidays
  • Superintendent's report covered scenario if cases continued to rise, how they would revert to the face required process; communications late Wednesday did revert policy on masks back to being required as case counts rose about 4% positivity
  • Recognition of former SchComm member MJ Scofield; she had not been recognized earlier as she was running again and was not successful. She has long been an advocate and volunteer for schools and sports with a long list of accomplishments
  • Lifelong Learning presented an overview on their programs which are almost back to normal. They had been significantly affected by the pandemic. Even the summer programs had been adjusted for COVID precautions as opposed to the summer of 2020 when they were simply not held
  • two trips were approved for FHS DECA students and National Business Honors students
 
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As with most meetings in this pandemic period, I took my notes via Twitter while I attended the meeting in the Council Chamber. 

The Twitter hashtag #schcom1214  can be found online. The thread begins with  

https://twitter.com/FranklinMatters/status/1470906795317239811 

 


Citizen Comments
  • citizen comment; request for sex ed documentation but hadn't received response; request left with Chair; parent with student issue (speaking rapidly and hard to understand) #schcom1214 KP Sompally requests to have consideration to celebrate Diwali within the district
  • citizen comment; M Benson speaking on mask policy at FHS; claiming contradiction among DESE and DPH statements; #schcom1214
FHS student updates
  • FHS student update from R Chaudhury, provides multiple items - spirit week, theater auditions, middle sch auditions too; raffle calendar fund raiser; online open through Dec 31; sports news - FHS did beat KP on Thanksgiving; Unified Basketball going to FL; cheerleaders won D1;
  • action today on basketball courts; masks so far going well; looking forward to break; #schcom1214
Superintendents Report
  • superintendents report; PD last week (12/10) at building level; prof learning communities; elementary focused on assessment; middle multi-tier system of support; FHS worked on curriculum development; congrats to Unified Basketball team; traveling in Jun '22 #schcom1214
  • Congrats to Paula Lupien, named MIAA D1 gymnastics coach of the year; #schcom1214; shifting to FHS mask policy implementation - 75% of students/40% of faculty were choosing to unmask; case numbers are climbing and keep watching; masks will busing (Federal mandate)
  • changing definition of close contact to 6' (from 3'); no change to test/stay; can't test vaccinated students per DESE; #schcom1214 positivity 3.27% in Franklin (less than the 4 at benchmark); numbers updated Thursday; if over 4, would have a decision for the following Monday
  • apprehensive around cases and numbers; chart shared with the updated numbers (weekly from DPH); 129 students in quarantine (largest in while); published on Monday; to be included in District newsletter on Weds #schcom1214
  • if over 4 on Thursday, encouraged to mask on Fri but req'd for Monday; suggestion to reverse order of the info to put the newest on top; shoutout to music boosters, etc. in person concerts this month, nice way to celebrate the season; #schcom1214
Recognition of MJ Scofield
  • recognition of MJ Scofield former member of #SchCom1214 multiple policy updated under her leadership of Policy subcom; Keller/Sullivan building project in prior period of terms; MJ speaking, acknowledges being awkward; appreciates the free time; overtime 5 superintendents …
  • worked toward a common goal, could tell stories, but won't; negotiation sessions; pre-interest based bargaining did go long; #schcom1214 "kids always come first", keep advised of what Town Council and other board do; you're responsible for quality of ed for all students
  • Chair Spencer acknowledges the hard work and making a world of difference; an amazing mentor; a well of historical knowledge #schcom1214
Lifelong Learning Presentation
  • Lifelong Learning Presentation – Pattie Gay, Interim Director of Lifelong Learning Institute presentation #schcom1214 off rhythm due to the pandemic; stabilizing the dept and building back
  • presentation copy to follow along as req'd -> https://franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/lli_presentation_december_2021.pdf #schcom1214
  • Solutions - for K through 5th grade, at each elementary school; Lifelong Community Learning - resource/programs for all ages; Kid's Corner - students K-8; music academy for all ages #schcom1214
  • Summer programs were offered in limited capacity for 2021; high school experience offered in one day versions for incoming 9th and those in 10th who missed prior year; #schcom1214 anticipating return to full programing in summer of 2022; summer registration opens Feb 1, 2022
  • programs aligned with district improvement plans; #schcom1214 thanks to all who helped support our program around the District/Town. Shout out to the Solutions ladies who helped raise my kids; there are great offerings in the brochure, check it out; you can meet other folks
  • STEM and Math academy are complimentary to what is taught in school, particular during the summer, where usually regular teachers are the instructors; the college essay course is popular and helps to jump start the seniors; #schcom1214
  • Lifelong Learning has been able to develop programs (i.e. essay and common app) to help address identified needs of the students and community #schcom1214
  • great to be able to be back in person, enables real time opportunities to get feedback; courses do have an evaluation sheet at the end of each course; info reviewed and incorporated as needed; #schcom1214
Discussion Action Items
Discussion only item
  • Discussion only item - https://franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/22-23_scschedule-draft.pdf  draft SchCom meeting calendar for planning/review #schcom1214 most normal 2 mtgs/month with minor exceptions
  • Info matters - Budget meeting Thu - 12/16 at 7:30; community relations TBD; Joint PCC meeting today; COVID concerns discussed; pilot of Remington with Unlikely Story for book fair, next meeting Jan 10; SWAC next meeting Jan 4; #schcom1214 plng 4 another …
  • critical conversations event in the Spring - informing parents on how to recognize drug packaging, etc. #schCom1214 DEI cmte met 12/08, visit FPS page (link to be added later) - appointing Elise to SEPAC as rep
  • new business, Jan 11 - Special Ed update; action items related to the budget; re: $93,000 reduction for decision; FY 2022 capital request for SchCom to then go to the Town; #schcom1214
Consent agenda

 

Audio recording of meeting to be available in couple of days


Citizen comment updates:

School Committee meeting packet folder for Dec 14, 2021 includes the full Superintendent's report   packet folder -> https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/pages/december-14-2021-school-committee-meeting-packet

School Committee hears Lifelong Learning update
School Committee hears Lifelong Learning update