Showing posts with label enrollment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label enrollment. Show all posts

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

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Enrollment Applications Open for the 2022-2023 School Year at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School


The Benjamin Franklin Classical
Charter Public School
500 Financial Park
Franklin, MA 02038
www.bfccps.org


December 22, 2021

The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School (BFCCPS), located in Franklin, Massachusetts, is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting applications for the upcoming 20221-2023 school year.  BFCCPS is a regional public charter school for students in Kindergarten through Grade Eight.  Founded in 1995, BFCCPS is one of the oldest and most successful charter schools in the state of Massachusetts. 

Siblings of currently enrolled students will have priority enrollment status; thereafter applicants from all 13 communities in the school's district will have an equal chance at securing a spot for their child through the annual enrollment lottery to be held on March 3, 2022.  Applicants from outside of the region (who reside within the state of Massachusetts) will be eligible for enrollment should additional spaces remain after all sibling and regional applicants have been placed.  

For the 2022-2023 school year 96 spaces will be offered for Kindergarten and students at all other grade levels will receive a waiting list number.  Offers for Grades One through Eight would be contingent upon currently enrolled students electing not to return next year. As a public school, there is no tuition to pay if an applicant receives an offer of enrollment during the upcoming lottery.

The school provides a well-rounded, rigorous academic program designed to educate the whole child providing yearlong courses in art, music, languages, technology, and physical education. The school's integrated character education, community service, and strong parent partnerships, have led to local, state and national recognition. BFCCPS alumni continue to excel during their attendance at local public high schools as well as independent high schools.  In the fall of 2019 BFCCPS moved to a brand new 72,000 square foot facility located at 500 Financial Park in Franklin. 

In lieu of our traditional in person enrollment information sessions BFCCPS is offering Enrollment Videos and will hold a virtual Question and Answer session on January 15, 2022.  All of the enrollment details, including applications can be found on the school website at www.bfccps.org/info. Please note that the enrollment period will come to a close on February 15, 2022 at 4 PM.

If you'd like to learn more about the educational mission of the school or have enrollment related questions please contact the school's Communication Coordinator, Joanne Basile at jbasile@bfccps.org or 508-541-3434 x104.


About the Benjamin Franklin Charter School
The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School's mission is to assist parents in their role as primary educators of their children by providing students with a classical academic education coupled with sound character development and community service. Our mission is supported by four distinct, yet interconnected pillars that provide for a collaborative, rigorous education for all students. These pillars guide, direct and define the school in all it does.


Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School
Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School


Sunday, October 24, 2021

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Meeting Agenda - Oct 26, 2021

Franklin School Committee
October 26, 2021 - 7:00 PM
Municipal Building – Council Chambers

remote connection info in agenda doc

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. Recognition of Departing School Committee Members
B. Science National Honor Society Students - Rachael Yuan, Nipun Goel with Joe Chung, Advisor & Jenn Curley, Advisor  https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/files/sci-nhs

III. Discussion/Action Items
A. MASC Resolutions
I recommend adoption of the MASC Resolutions as follows:
1. Resolution 1: Dedicated Funding For Schoolbased Clinics And Services
2. Resolution 2: Homework Gap And Wifi/Internet Access
3. Resolution 3: IDEA Full Funding Act
4. Resolution 4: Recess
5. Resolution 5: Zero-Tolerance Policies
6. Resolution 6: Alternative To MCAS
7. Resolution 7: School Committees And Receivership
8. Resolution 8: Electric School Buses
9. Resolution 9: Prohibiting The Use Of Native American Mascots

B. Policy - Second Reading / Adoption
I recommend adoption of policy GCF - Professional Staff Hiring as discussed.

C. Policy First Reading
I recommend moving policy GCRD - Tutoring for Pay to a second reading at the next School Committee meeting as discussed

D. Policy - Waive first Reading
I recommend waiving a first reading and adopting policy EBCFA - Face Coverings as discussed.  https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/discussion_action_d_-_policy_waive_1st_reading.pdf
E. Policy Adoption
I recommend adoption of policy EBCFA - Face Coverings as discussed.

IV. Discussion Only Items
A. Back to School Status Update – October 22, 2021

B. October 1 Enrollment Update

V. Information Matters
A. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports (e.g. Ad Hoc Supt. Evaluation, Budget, Community Relations/Public Schools Advocacy, Policy, Transportation)
B. School Committee Liaison Reports (e.g. Joint PCC, Substance Abuse Task Force, School Wellness Advisory Council)
 
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 October 12, 2021 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 $480.00 from Franklin Music parents for in-house enrichment as detailed.

VIII. Payment of Bills Dr. Bergen

IX. Payroll Atty. Pond-Pfeffer

X. Executive Session
A. 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.
B. Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §21(a)(3) to discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining with the Non-Union Personnel as an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.

XI. Adjournment 



Franklin, MA: School Committee - Meeting Agenda - Oct 26, 2021
Franklin, MA: School Committee - Meeting Agenda - Oct 26, 2021


Saturday, March 13, 2021

School Committee: Budget SubCommittee Meeting - Mar 16

Budget Sub Committee Meeting
Virtual Meeting (Link in agenda)
Mar 16, 2021 - 4:30 PM

  • FY22 Budget Development


The first pass at the budget was previewed at the School Committee meeting Mar 9, 2021:

chart shows decline in elementary enrollment (bars) and associated decline in teachers (line)
chart shows decline in elementary enrollment (bars) and associated decline in # of teachers (line)



Friday, November 6, 2020

CommonWealth Magazine: "Enrollment declines crop up in public schools"

From CommonWealth Magazine we share an article of interest for Franklin:

"Two months into the new school year, some communities are beginning to report enrollment declines, presumably an offshoot of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The  Worcester school district lost 1,046 students, about 4.2 percent of last year’s total of 25,049, according to the Telegram & Gazette. It was the second year in a row that enrollment declined, and a large chunk of the decrease was at the prekindergarten and kindergarten levels.

Brian Allen, Worcester’s chief financial and operations officer, said more families have elected to keep younger students out of school during the coronavirus pandemic.

The drop could significantly impact the amount of state aid Worcester’s schools can expect, with a $10 million decrease in chapter 70 school aid possible next fiscal year under the state’s foundation formula."

Continue reading article online
 
Editor's Note: While the headline "Enrollment declines crop up in public schools" is true, the reasons behind it are not fully explained in this article which seems to focus on the COVID-19/pandemic factors and not on the overall demographics. Taking Franklin as an example, there is a "small" change due to families turning to pods or moving students to private schools, but the major decline has been seen over the years and will continue to be seen through 2027.

The October 27, 2020 School Committee meeting reviewed the October 1 enrollment numbers which can be found here https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/october_enrollment_report.pdf
 
The audio portion of the meeting where the enrollment report is reviewed can be found here
 


Thursday, November 5, 2020

Davis Thayer Facility Analysis - Community Info Session - Recap - 11/4/20

Quick Recap:

  • With info gathered, they can update their five step process, they are currently in Phase 2
  • Overview of the highlights of the facility analysis report and presentation as covered in the prior School Committee meeting 10/27/20
  • Discussion of possible timeline for the next steps
  • Survey out for community input

Photos captured during the meeting and shared via Twitter can be found in the album  https://photos.app.goo.gl/MbtLUoz3KH8CFs3q9

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As with most meetings in this pandemic period, I took my notes via Twitter during the meeting reporting in real-time via the virtual session.
 
The Twitter hashtag can be found online  #dtfa1104
https://twitter.com/hashtag/dtfa1104?src=hashtag_click


  • #dtfa1104 meeting starting now ... Concern of too many SchComm members present although they are not deliberating, just sharing info already shared
  • Menti.com being used for interaction tonight #dtfa1103
  • #dtfa1104 agenda slide
  • #dtfa the five step process
  • #dtfa1104 overview of report on facility capacity. Educational adequacy explored and rated, schools and under capacity
  • #dtfa1104 enrollment declines continue over next 7 years before turning up
  • Enrollment decline more so on middle school level. (And less speculation here, the students for the most part are already in the system) (elementary students projections generally already seen in birthrates) #dtfa1104
  • #dtfa1104 the budget issue worsens if nothing done (yup) and any school budget looking for more money would need to have a clear answer to this situation.
  • Review of the various options #dtfa1104 focus of subcommittee remains on the DT potential closing and factors thereoff
  • Considering physical distance factors in this part of the work #dtfa1104 decision will be based upon multiple reports, info, factors (hoping they don't get overwhelmed with analysis paralysis) possible 3rd info session to be considered
  • Possible to work through stages 1-4 during winter and depending upon pandemic status get to point on when Stage 5 would start #dtfa1104
  • Getting ready for questions, #dtfa1104 what work would be req'd for middle schools regarding firing the elementary students within (i.e. Keller using some of Sullivan)
  • Title I is associated with the students more than with the building. #dtfa1104 would require a recalculation and maybe a redistribution among the schools
  • Yes, getting this done within the current SchComm term (Nov 21) is a motivator but not the only key, the decision needs to be made when it can be #dtfa1104 Keller sprinkler issues raised (occured twice) should be resolved to prevent reoccurrence
  • Spencer speaking as mom, not SchComm member; is concerned about loss of staff at DT, principal already gone (interim in place this year) response - staff considered within district and according to bargaining agreement #dtfa1104
  • Info session coming to an end, Q&A to be posted on DT page akin to the first session. #dtfa1104 
Additional info on the Facility Analysis


Davis Thayer Facility Analysis - Community Info Session - Recap - 11/4/20
Davis Thayer Facility Analysis - Community Info Session - Recap - 11/4/20

 

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Please respond to the Davis Thayer Facilities Analysis Survey - open now; closes Dec 2, 2020

The Franklin School Committee's Davis Thayer Facilities Analysis Subcommittee is interested in gathering the thoughts and perspectives about the possible closing of Davis Thayer.  

They are collecting survey responses from current and former Davis Thayer families, FPS families, Davis Thayer and Franklin Public Schools faculty and staff, and town community members.  

If you would like to share your thoughts, please use the link below. This survey will be open until December 2 and can be found at the link below.

https://forms.gle/Y9qtAU1uMN14VmyY7

Print-based copies will also be made available at locations throughout town. More information will follow. This form was built in Google and translations are available. If you need assistance, please contact the Superintendent's Office at 508-553-4819. 

Davis Thayer Facilities Analysis Survey - open now; closes Dec 2, 2020
Davis Thayer Facilities Analysis Survey - open now; closes Dec 2, 2020


Monday, November 2, 2020

FM #379 SchoolComm Davis Thayer FA Mtg - 10/29/20 (audio)

FM #379 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 379 in the series. 

This session shares the Franklin, MA Davis Thayer Facility Analysis Subcommittee
meeting held on Thursday, Oct 29, 2020. The meeting was conducted via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

Quick Recap:

  • Meeting opened 7 minutes late. Prior meeting minutes approved.
  • Review of current step by step process and where they are, now in Phase 2 of Stage 1 (see chart)
  • Specialized programs conducted at DT and Parmenter not part of the analysis and should be considered. Concern over turnkey reference. Appearing to rush into keeping the mentioned Nov 4 community information night (when it will have conflict with the Town Council meeting, and won’t be able to be broadcast).
  • Discussion around the work of this committee to complete in their term (before Nov 2021) and work of another ‘long term’ committee as separate.
  • Discussion on questionnaire, what it captures, what does success look like, and communications around that survey and for the meeting itself

The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda and to the presentation document.

The recording runs about 64 minutes, so let’s listen to the Davis Thayer Facility Analysis Subcommittee meeting of Oct 29, 2020.  


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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/

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"

FM #379 SchoolComm Davis Thayer FA Mtg - 10/29/20 (audio)
FM #379 SchoolComm Davis Thayer FA Mtg - 10/29/20 (audio)


Sunday, November 1, 2020

Davis Thayer Facility Analysis Subcommittee - meeting Recap - Oct 29, 2020

Quick Recap:

  • Meeting opened 7 minutes late. Prior meeting minutes approved.
  • Review of current step by step process and where they are, now in Phase 2 of Stage 1 (see chart)
  • Specialized programs conducted at DT and Parmenter not part of the analysis and should be considered. Concern over turnkey reference. Appearing to rush into keeping the mentioned Nov 4 community information night (when it will have conflict with the Town Council meeting, and won’t be able to be broadcast).
  • Discussion around the work of this committee to complete in their term (before Nov 2021) and work of another ‘long term’ committee as separate.
  • Discussion on questionnaire, what it captures, what does success look like, and communications around that survey and for the meeting itself



Photos captured during the meeting and shared via Twitter can be found in the album 
https://photos.app.goo.gl/GUQ66am5yDzRxzUA6

Agenda doc https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/agendas/agenda_dt_subcom_10.29.2020_1.docx 


Comprehensive Facility Analysis presentation doc

https://www.franklinps.net/district/school-committee/files/facilities-analysis-presentation-10-27-20 


Facility Assessment report doc

https://www.franklinps.net/district/school-committee/files/facilities-assessment-report 

 
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As with most meetings in this pandemic period, I took my notes via Twitter during the meeting reporting in real-time via the virtual session.
 
The Twitter hashtag can be found online  #dtfa1029
 
  • Real time reporting ready for facility analysis subcommittee meeting (when it starts) #dtfa1029
  • Meeting opens at 6:07 PM, approved minutes of 9/30/20 meeting 3-0 via roll call Stage one of phase 1 complete with receipt of reports #dtfa1029
  • For reference, the process of step by step (no timeline) #dtfa1029
  • Specialized programs currently at DT and Parmenter not included in the report which are important considerations. There is a need for a broader analysis and plan, hesitant to do so without some further discussion on the Parmenter program #dtfa1029
  • Turnkey reference makes it seem like it would be simpler than it is. #dtfa1029 awaiting update on demographics from McKibbens to see what he forecast vs. what did happen as of Oct 1. Will be interesting to watch along with housing market activity
  • Discussion on complete report out to SchComm before next Nov when the SchComm membership may change. #dtfa1029 very luxurious to meet once a month, should be able to move quicker from here. All depends upon the real state of the pandemic as next year goes
  • Maybe able to start putting dates to the steps in the plan moving forward to the decision. Ability to keep the DT folks together is an advantage. #dtfa1029 segway to questionnaire, when to start it, keep it open for a period before closing. Cover letter req'd to frame study
  • Discussion on how to determine the end date, when do they have a representative sample of the various groups for the stats; 50% student/family, 50% staff, and 10% community in general. #dtfa1029
  • Discussion on info session for next Weds, Nov 4 (would be in conflict with Town Council) same time to start 7 PM, target ending 8:15. #dfta1029 start with demographics, overview not study received, next steps on recommendations, etc.
  • #dtfa1029 use of 'chat' (not within Zoom) to enable question capture and used for web page updates. Discussion on use of webinar vs meeting, webinar overly formal, if all could fit in living room with a beverage, that would be great
  • Meeting info out Friday, questionnaire goes out Monday, can then follow up at meeting on Weds at meeting #dtfa1029 schedule audio session for radio update. Meeting adjourns via roll call vote 3-0 catch you all next time!


 

Davis Thayer Facility Analysis Subcommittee - meeting Recap - Oct 29, 2020
Davis Thayer Facility Analysis Subcommittee - meeting Recap - Oct 29, 2020

Saturday, October 31, 2020

FM #376 School Committee Mtg - 10/27/20 P2 of 3 (audio)

FM #376 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 376 in the series. 

This session shares one of three segments for the Franklin, MA School Committee meeting held on Tuesday, Oct 27, 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 almost three hour meeting into three logical segments:

* First - covers the opening through the Superintendent's Report, covering the re-opening status; moving from remote to hybrid (52 minutes)

* Second - covers the presentation/discussion on the Comprehensive Facility Analysis (1 hour and 17 mins)

* Third - covers the Discussion Actions Items, and the remainder of the meeting up to where the School Committee enters the executive session not to return to a public meeting. (40 minutes)

The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda and to the presentation document.

Let’s listen to this second segment of the School Committee meeting of Oct 27, 2020   Audio file  = https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HVJdxbqK


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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/

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"

Craig Olsen presenting on the facilities assessment
Craig Olsen presenting on the facilities assessment


FM #375 School Committee Mtg - 10/27/20 P1 of 3 (audio)

FM #375 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 375 in the series. 

This session shares one of three segments for the Franklin, MA School Committee meeting held on Tuesday, Oct 27, 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 almost three hour meeting into three logical segments:

* First - covers the opening through the Superintendent's Report, covering the re-opening status; moving from remote to hybrid (52 minutes)

* Second - covers the presentation/discussion on the Comprehensive Facility Analysis (1 hour and 17 mins)

* Third - covers the Discussion Actions Items, and the remainder of the meeting up to where the School Committee enters the executive session not to return to a public meeting. (40 minutes)

The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda and to the presentation document.

Let’s listen to this first segment of the School Committee meeting of Oct 27, 2020   Audio file = https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HsQ3HR2K

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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/

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 presents her report to the School Committee
Superintendent Sara Ahern presents her report to the School Committee

School Committee meeting Oct 27, 2020 - Recap

Quick Recap:
  • An extended discussion on the re-opening update from Superintendent Ahern as the schools transition from remote to hybrid. Issues acknowledged around communications (i.e. notifications), technology, developmental appropriateness for K-1-2 students, among items discussed.
  • SchComm member (Keenan) spoke in citizens comments (as a parent) to raise issues with the COVID-19 communications protocol around who gets notified about what.
  • Presentation on the Davis Thayer facility analysis touted as '20 minutes with time for Q&A' goes for 1 hour and twenty minutes and initially leaves out parent/community Q&A. 
  • The report is more than what was asked for as Davis Thayer was the initial question but once started, other questions arose to be addressed. Multiple options were laid out. Many questions remain to be addressed by the School District and the DT subcommittee. It is likely the study could result in a short term proposal from the DT subcommittee and a longer term plan with another committee formed to address the long term issues raised by the report (excess under utilization of facilities).
  • Next set of MASC resolutions addressed. Update on the Oct 1 enrollment provided. Further update coming from McKibben on the demographic study he prepared for the DT analysis (time TBD).
  • SchComm entered executive session and did not return to open meeting.


Photos captured during the meeting and shared via Twitter can be found in the album  https://photos.app.goo.gl/VzGggfChpxYcSts7A

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As with most meetings in this pandemic period, I took my notes via Twitter during the meeting reporting in real-time via the virtual session.
 
The Twitter hashtag can be found online  #schcomm1027
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SchComm1027&src=typed_query 

  • Real time reporting underway for the School Committee meeting #SchComm1027
  • Meeting agenda doc can be found on the Schools page #schcomm1027  https://franklinps.net/district/school-committee/files/sc-agenda-10-27-20
  • Meeting packet folder is on the schools page #schcomm1027 https://franklinps.net/district/school-committee/pages/october-27-2020-school-committee-meeting-packet
  • #schcomm1027 Committee member speaking as a parent wants to review the current COVID Communications protocol as not being very helpful to parents. Will share link to current protocol https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/responding_to_covid_communication_expectations_sept_2020-english.pdf
  • #schcomm1027 brief updates from the FHS student representatives 
  • A parent pair adds they wanted to address the citizens comment section: will kids be allowed eventually to return in person, what metrics would govern that. Parent for 1st grader also adds desire for discussion
  • Another parent of 2 K students with request to consider the hybrid, ask for input, explore change of days kids are remote #schcomm1027 kids in this age are dependent upon parent or caregiver to allow student to participate. Need to make day easier for students; + another parent
  • Finally continues with the superintendent report after set of comments. #schcomm1027 acknowledges principals and their effort to make things happen, Oct month of principals. Working Herculean hours to make things happen in School these days
  • Photo of school hallway marked for direction, 2 examples of elementary classroom #schcomm1027
  • Middle school photos #schcomm1027 instruction has changed and takes longer, many challenges with the in person setting. Chromebook shipment distribution this week
  • #schcomm1027 budget update, Gov Baker's refile of the budget provides cautious hope, appears to avoid the major cuts feared, FY 22 will be a challenge. Metrics for re-opening, trend of increase in cases, still under the red line, would continue to bring FHS students in
  • #schcomm1027 acknowledges the comments made earlier, doesn't want to speak off the cuff, wants to take it back and review with the staff before bringing info back. Thanks for input in feedback. CDC guidance changed recently, awaiting further clarification from DPH and DESE
  • Acknowledges keeping privacy in place (in regards to Committee member comment opening the meeting) #schcomm1027 full day of professional development scheduled for Nov 3, election day. Teachers will have choice of remote or in person
  • #schcomm1027 looking to provide more planning time for middle and high school teachers for planning time, would have
  •  students in more asynchronous time. Q - To what extent do the space limitations make the 5 day in person not happen for younger grades?
  • Q - on why not participate in a town Council budget Subcommittee meeting? A - would generally get an invite. Do participate in joint budget Subcommittee meetings #schcomm1027 discussion on comms per COVID cases, contact tracing covers those cases. There are no easy answers
  • #schcomm1027 BTW, we were at about 74 participants earlier, now at 89. Another 10 via the live stream. Digital learning integrationist will do a demo Weds (info to be shared on that later). Pressure on technology across board (town and schools) to address issues timely
  • Will need to further address in FY 22 budget cycle, did add another layer of remote tech support via contracted service to help now. Some of the demo Weds will cover some of this. #schcomm1027 Illustrative math program highly rated
  • Moving to presentation and report on the facilities Analysis #schcomm1027 hold questions for after report, approx 20 mins presentation copy =  https://franklinps.net/district/school-committee/files/facilities-analysis-presentation-10-27-20
  • What isn't in the report? A whole lot of work to be done based upon this... #schcomm1027
  • Spacing for capacity based upon pre-COVID #schcomm1027
  • Flexibility built into the calculation with the range of capacity #schcomm1027
  • Utilization will change due to enrollment projections #schcomm1027
  • Underutilized middle schools today, will get worse (i.e.) more capacity not used overtime #schcomm1027
  • Educational adequacy calculated #schcomm1027
  • No school gets a perfect score. #schcomm1027 DT, Parmenter, and Kennedy ranked low for adequacy. Tech issue letting people into meeting from waiting room, backing up to the adequacy slide
  • #schcomm1027 one person (Craig) did the adequacy assessment to ensure consistency.
  • #schcomm1027 overall enrollment decline forecasted, slight rise in elementary, larger decline in middle, resulting in -12% national enrollment lines up with Franklin.
  • Any decision needs to be long term as the cohorts will move thru the system grade but grade. #schcomm1027 layered the school building age to the industrial ages
  • Explored multiple avenues to address decline in enrollment #schcomm1027
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  • #schcomm1027 end of presentation
  • now Qs from Committee. Q calculation of adequacy 'customized' for Franklin. All recommendations based upon current districting. Redistricting not a consideration for simplicity sake could/should be done later as part of master plan
  • This does not cover costing of operation today. #schcomm1027 Q find it difficult to deal with the concept not adequacy. The Parmenter/Kennedy close option would require some redistricting of Parmenter students elsewhere to fit the remaining within Jefferson
  • Title I funding follows the students not school based. #schcomm1027 clarification of DT use of driveway vs use of it differently. No separate DT parent drop off as they follow the buses. DT a very challenging building. In ed today, less classrooms required, more other space
  • DT was renovated in the 70's and then redone later as the open space concept wasn't working. Piece of history not mentioned in report. #schcomm1027 highlight of Appendix B from report (not presentation) showing an example of how adequacy could be improved for older buildings
  • Looking for consistency across the elementary environment, the right spaces start but then the professional development needs to prepare the faculty. #schcomm1027
  • Will need to make some rational decisions going forward.
  • Immediate is your choice of timeline, closing the 2 gets to 85% adequacy. But all is the school Committee decision #schcomm1027 Q on what the charge for the DT Committee be? Changed? Expanded? Additional Committee?
  • Thinking long term after the pandemic and with a revised enrollment forecast with 2020 census numbers, did approach DT but to do it right did take the broader scope. #schcomm1027 there are other data points to gather, financial as well as Community input to do
  • More discussion to come on this topic. #schcomm1027 
  • a slip? Or oversight  But apparently there is No opportunity for Community question or input at this time.
  • Moving to MASC resolutions https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/discussion_action_a_-_masc_resolutions.pdf #schcomm1027 resolution 7 passes via roll call; resolution 8 passes via roll call; resolution 9 passes via roll call; resolution 10 passes via roll call; all votes 7-0 except for res 10, res 10 vote 6-1
  • Citizen comment/question on DT, seemed that the decision for DT and Parmenter could be separated. #schcomm1027 need to continue to follow the process
  • Moving to policies for approval, move to second readings https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/discussion_action_b_-_policy_1st_reads_0.pdf
  • #schcomm1027 (thanks @DSpencerFSC for catching citizen input) needing separate votes on each policy to second reading #schcomm1027
  • Roll call votes for policies to move to second reading all passed via 7-0 #schcomm1027 https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/discussion_action_b_-_policy_1st_reads_0.pdf
  • Moving to discussion only items   https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/bico_quarterly_report_-_october_13_2020.pdf
  • Enrollment update   https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/october_enrollment_report.pdf  #schcomm1027 October 1 enrollment important for funding basis
  • Pre K enrollment usually grows during year, not anticipating it this year. Big bump in home school enrollment during Aug/Sep seen in other districts as well. #schcomm1027 (link to doc provides in prior tweet)
  • Budget workshop Nov 17, process and timeline to be reviewed, looking also for priorities for this cycle.
  • #schcomm1027 Community relations met Oct 20, MASC conf coming (using the resolutions) training Fri/Sat
  • Following process, gathering more input will prepare for a Community info session on Nov 4, meeting scheduled for Thursday 10/29, time for info session to be set at Thursday meeting #schcomm1027
  • Event held Oct 17 to showcase art and diversity of Community, well received, #schcomm1027 portrait of a graduate at a future meeting.
  • Consent agenda, move to accept, passes 7-0 via roll call
  • Move to executive session, seconded, passes 7-0 will not return to open mtg
  • That's all folks! Catch you next time #schcomm1027 
Superintendent's report   https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/files/superintendents-report-10272020

screen capture of one of the DT study slides
screen capture of one of the DT study slides