Showing posts with label district. Show all posts
Showing posts with label district. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Closing out with Sara Ahern - 06/21/22 (audio)

FM #824 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 824 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Franklin Public Schools Superintendent Sara Ahern. We had our conversation in person, in her office at the Municipal building, among boxes being packed as she readied to leave this role for her next chapter.  She is scheduled to take some time off before starting as Superintendent in Barnstable on July 1


We talk about 

  • Her accomplishments over her time here

    • Portrait of a Graduate probably the key item

    • Multiple central office and district positions filled, leaving in good stead

  • Inflection points

    • Space needs & redistricting discussion started

    • Budget always a challenge, perhaps more so with the ARPA funds expiring in 2024


The recording runs about 34 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Sara

Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-824-closing-out-with-fps-supt-sara-ahern-06-21-22



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Barnstable Public Schools - Superintendent’s page (to be updated with Sara’s information in July, 2022)  https://www.barnstable.k12.ma.us/domain/42 



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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm). 


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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Closing out with Sara Ahern - 06/21/22 (audio)
Closing out with Sara Ahern - 06/21/22 (audio)

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

School Committee: Space Needs SubCmte Mtg - 06/06/22 (audio)

FM #812 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 812 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the School Committee - Space Needs Subcommittee meeting held virtually via Zoom on Monday, June 6, 2022. 

  • Chair: A Charles; members D Spencer (left mtg), E Stokes
  • Central Office: S Ahern, L Giguere, P Marano, M Goodman  

The meeting reviewed the data updates requested in the prior meeting. The bulk of the meeting previewed the update to be provided to the full School Committee as drafted by Chair Charles for  the regularly scheduled full School Committee meeting June 14, 2022. 


The update was discussed but not shared with the public participants as it was still an early draft. Feedback was taken by the Chair, who will continue to fine tune the draft with Central Office members. The presentation doc may not be released prior to the meeting.


The recording runs about 60 minutes, so let’s listen to the Space Needs discussion on June 6, 2022.


Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-812-school-cmte-space-needs-subcmte-mtg-06-06-22


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Meeting agenda =>  https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/agendas/spaceneedssubcom-6_6_22.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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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 SubCmte Mtg - 06/06/22 (audio)
School Committee: Space Needs SubCmte Mtg - 06/06/22 (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

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Talking schools with Superintendent Sara Ahern - 03/22/22 (audio)

FM #759 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 759 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Franklin Public Schools Superintendent Sara Ahern. We had our conversation via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.


We talk about 

  • FY 2023 budget overall/timeline

  • Multiple central office and district positions open, hiring in process

  • Equity audit - report due approx. May 2022

  • Critical conversations - March 24 (will update to include the link to recording when available)

  • DECA, cheerleaders, winter sports performance overall, spring starting practices


The recording runs about 39 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Sara

Audio file ->  
https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-759-fps-superintendent-sara-ahern-03-22-22


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DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs to be college and career ready


School budget info FY 2023 (and prior available)  https://www.franklinps.net/district/school-district-budget 



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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm). 


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"


Superintendent Sara Ahern
Superintendent Sara Ahern

Senator Rausch Launches Local Small Business Advisory Council

SENATOR RAUSCH ANNOUNCES CREATION OF 

SMALL BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL 


Council is comprised of local business owners to inform economic recovery policies on Beacon Hill 

 

This morning (3/25/22), Senator Rausch hosted the inaugural meeting of her Small Business Advisory Council, consisting of eleven small business from across the Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex District. Spurred by the unique challenges small businesses face during the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council's mission is to create a consistent dialogue about issues facing small businesses from across the district to inform economic policy on Beacon Hill.  

 

The Massachusetts legislative session ends at the end of July, and the Senate will be debating the fiscal year 2023 budget this May. The four remaining months of the legislative session are a critical period to pass bills and allocate funding for Massachusetts communities and local projects across the state. 

 

"Small businesses have always been the backbones of our communities," said Senator Becca Rausch (D-Needham). "Our local business owners have faced countless challenges through this pandemic, but in my district, I have seen so much innovation and persistence from these local leaders. I am excited to give our communities' businesses a seat at the table to inform my work on Beacon Hill and meet the diverse needs of our local economy." 

 

The Senator's Small Business Advisory Council currently consists of the following 11 businesses: 

 

Last year, the Massachusetts Legislature approved $75 million in grant funding for small businesses grants through the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, which administered the largest state-sponsored business relief program in the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Applications for MGCC grants are due by April 4, 2022.   


Senator Becca Rausch represents the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District, comprised of Attleboro, Franklin, Millis, Natick, Needham, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Plainville, Sherborn, Wayland, Wellesley, and Wrentham. Senator Rausch serves as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture and the Senate Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
 
Senator Rausch Launches Local Small Business Advisory Council
Senator Rausch Launches Local Small Business Advisory Council

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Franklin Public Schools: District Newsletter - January 2022



Franklin Public Schools
District Newsletter
January 2021
Feb. 11th will be a half day for Professional Development day.

Last day of school is now June 21st due to the snow day on 1/7.
Updated District COVID-19 Policies and Programs
On January, 10th, 2022, The Department of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE) made the decision to extend the mask mandate until February 28th, 2022. Although Franklin High School has a masking waiver for achieving over 80% positivity, all individuals in every Franklin Public School is required to mask at this time.

On January 18th, 2022, the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education released a joint statement with the Department of Public Health regarding updated COVID-19 testing support and guidance.

In accordance with DESE and DPH, Franklin Public Schools is updating our COVID-19 Testing Program to offer free in-home rapid antigen testing for students and staff starting the week of January 31st. Contact tracing will not be taking place for in school exposure. A part of this shift in the program, we are discontinuing the Test and Stay and contract tracing for in-school close contacts. This means that if your child is a potential contact in school, they may continue to come to school and do not have to quarantine. We request that families notify your school nurse if your student was an out of school close contact that requires isolation under the current guidelines from DPH.


FHS Happenings!
FHS DECA
Franklin High School DECA students competed in the DECA District Two Conference. The organization is focused on developing and empowering students interested in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. 119 FHS DECA students qualified to compete at the State Career Development Conference in March. Congratulations to all and best of luck!

No Place for Hate Campaign
FHS Students reflected on Dr. King's legacy in honor of MLK Day. Drawing from his activism, they embark on their mission to make FHS a Anti Defamation League - No Place For Hate. View their takeaways below...
  Video link =>  https://youtu.be/P_8scrVmJpg
  
Calling All K-5 Families!
Join us to learn more about our new elementary math resource, Illustrative Mathematics! Dr. Tina Rogers, Director of Curriculum, STEM & Elementary Math Specialists will be hosting.

Upcoming Author Visit with Ruta Sepety

Attention HMMS parents! HMMS was chosen for a special visit from historical fiction author Ruta Sepety. She is coming to HMMS for a virtual visit on Wednesday, Feb. 2nd. Students who have read one or more of her books (or who plan to finish one before February 2) are invited to attend! She will talk about her writing journey, research process, uncovering hidden history, and give a sneak peek of her 2022 thriller I Must Betray You.

Students and staff who wish to attend are asked to sign up using the Google Form.

From the School Committee
During the January 11th School Committee meeting, Student Services provided a presentation on Special Education throughout all grade levels with supplemental data, district resources and various programs meant to support our students. The presentation is available to view via this link.

On January 25th, FHS Principal Josh Hannah presented on the program of studies. The presentation is available here.
Please join us for our next meeting on February 8th at 7pm.
Happy New Year to our FPS Families, Faculty, Staff and Franklin Community!
Franklin Public Schools

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