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

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Drawing Democracy provides an answer to the question: "How can I get involved in redistricting?"

Drawing Democracy (@DrawingDemMA) tweeted on Wed, Jul 21, 2021:
In order to ensure a fair and transparent redistricting process, we need community members to get involved – and there are SO many opportunities to do so! Learn more below. #Redistricting101 #FairMapsMA https://t.co/u7cCTO8aYn

(https://twitter.com/DrawingDemMA/status/1417835249455689730?s=03)

Drawing Democracy provides answers to the question: "How can I get involved in redistricting?"
Drawing Democracy provides an answer to the question: "How can I get involved in redistricting?"


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Drawing Democracy: "communities of interest"

Drawing Democracy (@DrawingDemMA) tweeted on Tue, Jul 20, 2021:
Throughout the redistricting process, we hear a lot about identifying "communities of interest," but what does that actually mean? We break it down for you here ⤵️ #Redistricting101 #FairMapsMA https://t.co/cuC3qwEqWs

(https://twitter.com/DrawingDemMA/status/1417562703640637440?s=03)

Drawing Democracy: "communities of interest"
Drawing Democracy: "communities of interest"


Thursday, May 20, 2021

Franklin Public Schools, MA: May Newsletter

Franklin Public Schools, MA (@FranklinPSNews) tweeted on Wed, May 19, 2021:

The May Edition of the FPS District Newsletter is now available! Topics include:
- Class of 21 Graduation
- Substance Use & Mental Health Forum
- Upcoming Performances
- Coffee with the Superintendent
- Lifelong Learning Summer Programs


Shared from https://t.co/eUC1A5mZKN  or  https://twitter.com/FranklinPSNews/status/1395126356581748743


Franklin Public Schools, MA: May Newsletter
Franklin Public Schools, MA: May Newsletter


Saturday, April 17, 2021

Franklin Public Schools: District Newsletter - April 2021

"Please find the April Edition of the FPS District newsletter posted here! conta.cc/2RF65Xg  
We hope everyone enjoys a fun and safe April Break week!"

Franklin Public Schools: District Newsletter - April 2021
Franklin Public Schools: District Newsletter - April 2021

Monday, March 29, 2021

Worcester getting into their school start time discussion

The Worcester Public School District is getting into their school start time discussion. Yes, remember that? Franklin put it aside to deal with the Davis Thayer issue and then the pandemic hit. It is still sitting on the sidelines. 

The Davis Thayer issue remains only partially resolved, so it would seem that the Franklin school start time discussion is not likely to resume anytime soon. 

The decision to close Davis Thayer effective September 2021 was made by the School Committee at their Feb 9, 2021 meeting. Planning on the transition of Thayer students to the Keller facility for September are underway. The FY 2022 budget is being adjusted to account for what savings and/or expenses would occur to make the transition seamless for both school and Town sides of the budget. (The School budget handles the education side, the Town budget handles the facility operation side.)

The decision to make the Davis Thayer building 'surplus' for the School District has not yet be scheduled. The Town of Franklin can't do much officially without that notification from the School District. 

The next big item the School Committee (and community) will get into should be development of the 'master plan' for the school district. Recall that the facility utilization report revealed the District could operate with less schools than it currently has. The excess capacity could be addressed by closing additional schools and potentially restructuring to operate with three elementary schools, one middle school all feeding to Franklin High. How to get to this position, if it is desired, is what the 'master plan' should work on.

Running with excess capacity is a budget issue and will need to be addressed sooner or later.  In the meantime, you can read what Worcester is starting here

Washington Post had an article recently touching on how sleep times have been affected by the remote learning schedules of the pandemic:

Worcester getting into their school start time discussion
Worcester getting into their school start time discussion

Refer to the Meeting Notes page for all the reporting and audio files for the prior School Committee and subcommittee meetings  

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Franklin Public Schools, MA: District News Letter - March 2021

Franklin Public Schools, MA (@FranklinPSNews) tweeted on Tue, Mar 23, 2021:

"Hello FPS!  Please find the March edition of the District Newsletter posted here: https://t.co/rTxzTzqeXA "  or here

Franklin Public Schools, MA: District News Letter - March 2021
Franklin Public Schools, MA: District News Letter - March 2021


Shared from Twitter: https://t.co/BxuL8s1V2f
 
One interesting piece is the budget video https://youtu.be/IXI95zuFbnw

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Franklin Public Schools: District Newsletter - March 2021


District Newsletter
Early Release dates:
March 3rd and 31st
Classroom - Based Pool Testing Information

Tuesday, March 2nd at 6:30 pm

The Franklin School Committee welcomes our State Legislators, Senate President Karen Spilka, Senator Becca Rausch, and Representative Jeff Roy to update the community on a variety of topics relevant to education.
The Forum will be available via Zoom. Please click on the invitation to find out more and to access the meeting link. We hope you will join us!

After nearly a year and a half of study, the Franklin School Committee voted at its February 9, 2021 meeting to close the Davis Thayer Elementary School beginning with the 2021-2022 school year. This has been a very emotional decision as this involves the retirement of a beloved second home to so many families, students, and faculty and staff both during current times as well as historically. The school was built in 1924 and has served so many generations of Franklin students. The decision was made based on reduced enrollment, educational adequacy of an aging building, and financial efficiency. Notably, there has been a significant enrollment decline. This is not a result of students leaving Franklin for other choices. The decrease in enrollment is a trend that is happening in many regions, especially in the Northeast/Massachusetts. 

The main focus at this time is to plan and implement a transition for Davis Thayer students to the Keller Elementary School, being sure to attend to their social-emotional and academic needs. The Facilities Analysis Subcommittee recommended that the School Committee begin to examine space utilization across all of the district's schools as the architect's report highlighted some needs, particularly at our "stand-alone" schools (Kennedy and Parmenter) as well as some potential opportunities which include redistricting.  

More background information can be found on our website: https://www.franklinps.net/district/davis-thayer-facilities-analysis

FPS is now taking registration for incoming Kindergarten students. Although registration is ongoing, we are asking families to register their child(ren) by March 1st if possible. This will be helpful in determining class sections and staffing.

All information is available on our website via the links below:


If so, pop into the Digital Learning Integrationists Q & A session on Wednesday, March 3rd. They will be happy to answer your questions.
Hearts of Kindness Display

Many of our FPS students created beautiful Hearts of Kindness as part of the display on the Town Common. The hearts contain messages about the importance of being kind to others and share acts of kindness that the students have performed.
Thank you to our students and teachers for helping to create this uplifting display! If you have not yet seen it, take a drive or walk by the Franklin Town Common and enjoy the messages and scenery.
Franklin Public Schools

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Monday, November 23, 2020

Inside the "district comprehensive review"

Ok, so my last name is Sherlock, and with a title like "The dog that didn't bark in Brockton", I'll admit that the article caught my eye. 
 
That it was also about the DESE district review process got to me read it. 
 
That it steps through a serious argument that highlights the dysfunction among the various agencies of MA government  responsible for "education", makes this a worthy read.

"So it was that I was interested to read an article that the Brockton Public Schools District Review Report was out (three weeks ago: I am behind!) from the Department's pre-pandemic visit in early March. 
Brockton, of course, is the fourth largest school district in Massachusetts and home of the plaintiffs of both the McDuffy and the Hancock legal decisions. When it comes to gaps in school funding, thus, Brockton is a kind of ground zero. Brockton also was the nationally lauded district for closing the achievement gap without becoming a "drill and kill" sort of school system. What happens when those two things are true of the same system, decades or so on?"

Continue reading Tracy's article online
 
Franklin is not listed as having a recent DESE review published (Franklin County is but we all know that is not us).   https://www.doe.mass.edu/accountability/district-review/
 
I do have in the archives a "Coordinated Program Review" being announced in Oct 2015. https://www.franklinmatters.org/2015/10/department-of-education-review-to-be.html
 
I also have in the archives note of a DESE visit in Dec 2009 for a 'fiscal review' https://www.franklinmatters.org/2010/05/fm-68-week-ending-51610.html  and here  https://www.franklinmatters.org/2010/01/fm-54-week-ending-11710.html
 

From the 2018 "Tale of Four Cities" presentation You are reading correctly that it is a 414 teacher gap.
From the 2018 "Tale of Four Cities" presentation
You are reading correctly that it is a 414 teacher gap.


Thursday, November 12, 2020

FM #388 School Committee Meeting - 11/10/20 Part 2 of 3 (audio)

FM #388 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 388 in the series. 

This session shares one of three segments for the Franklin, MA School Committee meeting held on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2020. 

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: some of the School Committee and Central Office personnel were in the Council Chambers, the remainder of the Committee was remote via conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

I’ve split the two hour and thirty-five minutes meeting (2:35) into three logical segments:

First - covers the opening through the Superintendent's Report, covering the re-opening status; including testing for FHS athletes and theater students to enable their return this week (about 48 minutes)

Second - covers the presentation/discussion on the Portrait of a Graduate (about 47 mins)

Third - covers the Discussion Actions Items, and the remainder of the meeting. (about 60 minutes)

The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda and to my notes. The meeting packet folder will hold the Superintendent’s Report and Portrait of a Graduate presentation copy. Those are usually posted to the folder the day after the meeting.

Let’s listen to this segment of the School Committee meeting of Nov 10, 2020. Audio file = https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HskT5mtS


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cover page for presentation deck
cover page for presentation deck

Marketing and Communication Specialist Anne Marie Tracy explains the design elements
Marketing and Communication Specialist Anne Marie Tracy explains the design elements