Showing posts with label demographics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label demographics. Show all posts

Friday, January 5, 2024

First 2024 meeting of the Comprehensive Facilities Planning Subcommittee gets understanding timeline for end of year report can be met (audio)

FM #1126 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1126 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the FPS Comprehensive Facilities Planning Subcommittee meeting held on Jan 3, 2024. The meeting was held in the 3rd floor training room. 


Participating in the room: D Callaghan, A Charles, Supt. Giguere, Dr. Dutch, Dr. Rogers, Mike D’Angelo. Participating remotely: E Gallagher


Quick recap:

  • District did issue an RFP with pricing separately, once qualifications were confirmed, Fran Locker & Assoc selected for visioning and planning aspects to work with Kaestle Boos report as baseline

  • D’Angelo provides info on building work around the Town, all the schools built; Across the three complexes, Remington Jefferson roof needs to be placed; fire alarm system, heating/cooling systems all need to be replaced (except interior air handlers); Similar story for the other two complexes, eventually

  • Built out a ten year projection for the facilities across the district with details on the items for replacement, etc. McKibben demographics updated with 2020 census info, presentation coming to School Committee. Educational visioning exercise (Locker & Assoc), tour of buildings scheduled to view educational spaces and utilizations. Kaestle Boos (KBA) report then gets updated with the additional pieces, (visioning), and facilities costing

  • Timeline still good to get the report/analysis done before end of this school year



The meeting runs about 45 minutes so let’s listen to the FPS Comprehensive Facilities Planning Subcommittee meeting held on Jan 3, 2024. Audio link -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1126-fps-comprehensive-school-facility-planning-mtg-01-03-24



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School Committee page => https://www.franklinps.net/district/school-committee 


Meeting Agenda doc  ->  https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/agendas/comprehensive_facilities_planning_subcom-1_3_24.pdf 



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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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First meeting of the Comprehensive Facilities Planning Subcommittee gets understanding timeline for end of year report can be met (audio)
First meeting of the Comprehensive Facilities Planning Subcommittee gets understanding timeline for end of year report can be met (audio)

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Dean College among small colleges struggling with enrollment decline per Boston Globe

"For much of recent history, intimate private colleges and universities have thrived here, as much a part of the region’s identity as tumbledown stone walls and scenic coastlines, the local highways bristling with signs signaling that another quintessential New England campus is just an exit away.

But the business model for the small liberal arts school is much less viable these days, as the population of high school graduates continues to decline and more young people are skeptical of, or unable to bear, the hefty cost of a college degree. Already in Massachusetts, more than 20 colleges closed completely or merged into larger institutions since 2014, according to the state Department of Higher Education.

And industry insiders expect more of the smaller or lesser-known schools to fade away, while a handful of private universities boasting massive endowments will continue to flourish.

Two of the nation’s big credit rating agencies reported dire financial outlooks for the year for the higher education sector: Fitch Ratings says conditions in the sector are “deteriorating,” and Moody’s Investors Service says the outlook is “negative.”
Continue reading at the Boston Globe (subscription maybe required)
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2023/04/28/metro/small-private-colleges-business-model/

As has been posted here previously, the demographic trends are/should be well known, school population is declining particularly in the US. There are a variety of reasons all contributing to the decline and some institutions (i.e. small colleges) are going to feel too.

Monday, April 17, 2023

"According to the UN, nearly two-thirds of the world’s population lives in a region where the fertility rate is below the critical 2.1 threshold"

The declining school enrollment (and overall population) in Franklin is a reflection of a trend seen around the world. We share this infographic from Visual Capitalist:
"At the dawn of the 19th century, the world population hit a big milestone: 1 billion people.

Over the next 220 years, the number grew to eight times that, or the 8 billion people who live on the planet today, with half of the growth occurring since 1975.

This continuous climb in global population has been possible thanks to advancements in healthcare and nutrition. However, the UN forecasts that rapid growth will slow down—and may even stop entirely by 2100—because of falling fertility rates.

What does that mean for modern nation states conditioned to expect a constant influx of new citizens and labor to power their economies? And how can those changing economies adapt to a shrinking population?

To understand that, we need to first untangle fertility rates, and why they’re falling."
Continue reading about the fertility rate decline ->    https://www.visualcapitalist.com/worlds-plummeting-fertility-rate/ 



Wednesday, February 8, 2023

FPS Redistricting Advisory Cmte meeting of Feb 7, 2023 (audio)

FM #937 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 937 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the Franklin Public Schools Redistricting Advisory Committee Meeting held in hybrid format with folks at the FHS Media Center on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 as well as some members who participated remotely.


Given this was a working session, the major whole group sections of the meeting audio is what is shared here. There is one break in the audio when the breakout discussion was held at each table. The audio for the table breakout is replaced by a brief music interlude.


Quick Recap

  • Review of the objectives and timeline

  • Presentation on 3 options depicted in a new “storymap”

  • Feedback discussed at each table and to be collected via survey form for the committee

  • Next steps - public forums scheduled for Mar 7 and Mar 13 with survey form to collect feedback. Both sessions will present same material; one in person, one via remote

  • Next advisory meeting Mar 21 to prepare for School Committee presentation scheduled for Apr 25 and School Committee vote scheduled for May 9


The edited meeting audio recording runs about 72 minutes. Let’s listen to whole group discussion position of Redistricting Advisory Committee Meeting of Feb 7

Audio link -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-937-fps-redistricting-advisory-cmte-mtg-02-07-23


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Agenda doc for Feb 7, 2023 meeting

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/events/redistricting_advisory_subcom_2_7_23.pdf 


Redistricting Advisory Committee page ->

https://www.franklinps.net/school-committee/2023-redistricting-advisory-committee 


My notes in one Twitter threader document   

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yLyRq1KAklkXvAIJEUfiSu72zKG_DRZ2/view?usp=share_link 


The photo album shared via Twitter of the pix taken of the meeting and presentation slides https://photos.app.goo.gl/v5bVgM8RrhD2bejP6 


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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"


FPS Redistricting Advisory Cmte meeting of Feb 7, 2023 (audio)
FPS Redistricting Advisory Cmte meeting of Feb 7, 2023 (audio)

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Franklin Public School Redistricting Analysis - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Revised December 15th, 2022

Q: What is Redistricting?
A: School attendance zones define school enrollment based on residential address. Simplified, Redistricting is the action of altering school attendance zones.

Q: What is a Redistricting Analysis?
A: A Redistricting Analysis, involves the examination of projected enrollment, facility usage to support instructional capacity, geographical proximity for families and transportation related logistics across the district and town, ensuring an equitable and diverse distribution of students. The Redistricting Analysis process champions community input by soliciting feedback based on data driven scenarios facilitated by the redistricting analysis consultant (Applied Geographics) and presented to the Franklin Public Schools Redistricting Advisory Committee and Franklin Community.

Q: Why are we doing a Redistricting Analysis?
A: The decision to pursue a redistricting analysis was a result of the following findings…
  • Franklin’s last redistricting effort was in 2002 with the opening of the Helen Keller/ Annie Sullivan complex, 20 years ago. The needs of the district have altered over time
  • Usage of space has evolved to prepare students with the essential skills outlined in the Franklin Public School’s Portrait of a Graduate, promote student engagement and support student learning with a variety of specialized programs designed to meet evolving student needs
  • The Davis Thayer School was closed in 2021, Davis Thayer students were then transferred to Helen Keller Elementary school
  • Total enrollment is forecasted to decline until 2026 - 2027 and it is anticipated there will be an gradual increase anticipated in 2029 - 2030*
*Referencing the Franklin Public Schools Population and Enrollment McKibben Study (2019)*

Redistricting is a necessary process that allows public school districts to evaluate the distribution of students and optimize facility utilization to best support educational programming within the district for the foreseeable future.


Q: What is the Redistricting Advisory Committee?
A: The Redistricting Advisory Committee will participate in a redistricting analysis of Franklin Public Schools in collaboration with AppGeo Redistricting Analysis Consultant by providing input, feedback, and local context on proposed scenarios to potential updates to attendance boundaries within Franklin. The committee is composed of parents/ guardians, educators, District and building based administration and school committee members.

Q: I’m not on the Redistricting Advisory Committee, how do I provide input?
A: Once scenarios have been workshopped through the Redistricting Advisory Committee, we will present opportunities for public input as part of the Community Feedback phase.
 
Q: Who makes the decision on Redistricting?
A: The final decision regarding redistricting rests with the Franklin School Committee.

Q: When will a decision be made on Redistricting?
A: After facilitating community input and working with the redistricting advisory committee, the Space Needs Subcommittee will present findings and possible recommendations for the School Committee late Spring 2023. The School Committee will make any related decisions thereafter.

Q: Will Schools be closed?
A: There is no predetermined plan for redistricting. The purpose of the redistricting analysis is to provide a thorough examination of district needs. A data driven and community informed process will result in a recommendation(s) that will be presented to the school committee, who will make the final decision regarding redistricting that best serves distinct needs.

Q: Weren’t scenarios for projected enrollment proposed in the 2020 Facilities Assessment Report? Why aren’t we just presenting those scenarios?
A: The 2020 Facilities Assessment Report was completed by our consultant (Kaestle Boos Associates). Some scenarios proposed in the 2020 Facilities Assessment Report may be explored by our redistricting consultant to inform/guide proposed scenarios. The 2020 Facilities Assessment Report did not account for the space required by in-district specialized programming to meet the special education needs of the district which can vary from year to year. The District has done research on the use of each facility to then account for our specialized programs along with our redistricting analysis consultant, to ensure we are completing a comprehensive analysis that considers the impact of our specialized programs.


If you have additional questions, please visit our Redistricting Analysis webpage at www.franklinps.net/district/redistricting-analysis for more information. Additional questions can be directed via email to redistrictinganalysis@franklinps.net.

Franklin Public School Redistricting Analysis - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Franklin Public School Redistricting Analysis - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Redistricting Advisory Committee holds their Kickoff session Tuesday - 11/15/22 (audio)

FM #879 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 879 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the Franklin Public Schools Redistricting Advisory Committee Kickoff Meeting held in the FHS Media Center on Tuesday, November 15, 2022. Some members participated remotely.   


Given this was a working session, the major whole group sections of the meeting audio is what is shared here. There are breaks in the audio when 

  • The members at each table introduced themselves

  • Time to read the handout before the breakout discussion was provided

  • The breakout discussion was held at each table


The breaks are indicated by a few seconds of music then the group discussion resumes


The edit meeting audio recording runs about 55 minutes. Let’s listen to Redistricting Advisory Committee Kick off Meeting


Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-879-fps-redistricting-advisory-cmte-kickoff-11-15-22

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Kickoff meeting agenda -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/11/reminder-franklin-school-committee.html 


Redistricting Advisory Committee page ->

https://www.franklinps.net/school-committee/2023-redistricting-advisory-committee 


Davis Thayer Facility Analysis page -> (includes links to McKibben demographics and Kaestle Boos Facility Assessment report) https://www.franklinps.net/district/davis-thayer-facilities-analysis


My notes in one Twitter threader document   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jE0y-NVlHADF3I4LYRUvaAwEfSZIRJG8/view?usp=share_link 


The photo album shared via Twitter of the pix taken of the meeting and presentation slides   https://photos.app.goo.gl/qnVcuezxBXi2T4Hb8 



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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"


Redistricting Advisory Committee holds their Kickoff session Tuesday
Redistricting Advisory Committee holds their Kickoff session Tuesday

Monday, November 14, 2022

Reminder: Franklin School Committee - Redistricting Advisory Subcommittee - Nov 15, 2022 at 6 PM

 Franklin Public Schools - Franklin School Committee
Redistricting Advisory Subcommittee

November 15, 2022 - 6:00 PM
Franklin High School Media Center

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
● Introductions
● Project Goals and Objectives
● Timeline
● Project Approach/Workflow
● Guiding Principles
● Town Background
● District Background
● Questions/Discussion
● Adjourn


The agenda with remote connection info ->

Redistricting Advisory Subcommittee - Nov 15, 2022 at 6 PM
Redistricting Advisory Subcommittee - Nov 15, 2022 at 6 PM

Friday, June 3, 2022

School Committee: Space Needs Subcommittee Meeting - June 6 at 6:30 PM

Space Needs Subcommittee Meeting

Virtual Meeting (Link in agenda)


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
● Discussion of Data
● Preparation for 6/14 School Committee Presentation
● Adjourn

Agenda doc and remote connection info (meeting is virtual only)

School Committee: Space Needs Subcommittee Meeting  - June 6 at 6:30 PM
School Committee: Space Needs Subcommittee Meeting  - June 6 at 6:30 PM

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

School Committee Space Needs Subcommittee - 05/10/22 (audio)

FM #792 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 792 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the School Committee - Space Needs Subcommittee meeting held in the 3rd floor training room on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. 


The meeting reviewed data requested about aspects of the study in the prior meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for June 6 to preview the update to be provided to the full School Committee at the regularly scheduled meeting of June 14, 2022.


SubCmte Chair - Al Charles; committee members - Denise Spencer, Elise Stokes; Central office support - Supt Sara Ahern, Business Manager Miriam Goodman, Student Services Director Paula Marano.


The recording runs about 55 minutes, so let’s listen to the Space Needs discussion on May 10, 2022. Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-792-schcmte-space-needs-subcmte-mtg-05-10-22


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Meeting agenda =>    https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/05/space-needs-facilities-assessment.html 


My notes for the meeting =>  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rP5gMrQv4kgPi2EdbaevJcypfk5Jh20V/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"

School Committee Space Needs Subcommittee - 05/10/22 (audio)
School Committee Space Needs Subcommittee - 05/10/22 (audio)