Showing posts with label evaluation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label evaluation. Show all posts

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - June 14, 2022

Franklin School Committee
Municipal Building – Council Chambers
June 14, 2022 - 7:00 P.M.
“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 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. 8th Grade Civics Projects Highlights
B. Norfolk County Sheriff's Office Comfort Dog
C. Space Needs Presentation

III. Discussion/Action Items
A. Davis Thayer Vote
I recommend, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40, Section 15A, that the School Committee declare that the Davis Thayer Elementary School property is no longer needed for school purposes, and further that the School Committee notify the Town Council of that determination.   https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/discussion_action_b_-_dt_vote.pdf
B. Superintendent’s Evaluation
The chair recommends approval of the Superintendent’s Evaluation as discussed.

C. Revised FY23 Budget
I recommend approval of the revised FY23 Budget amount of $70,220,825.00 as discussed.

D. Meal Prices
I recommend increasing the meal prices for the 2022-23 school year as detailed.

E. Refund of Graduating Seniors' Meal Balances
I recommend making an exception to policy EFD for school year 2021-22 to refund meal account balances over $10.00 for graduating seniors with no younger siblings as detailed.
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 24, 2022 School Committee meeting as detailed.
B. Solutions Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $275.00 for in-house enrichment as detailed.
C. Music Gifts
I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $974.00 from the Music Boosters for in-house enrichment as detailed.
D. PCC Gifts
I recommend acceptance of a check for $1600.00 from the Jefferson, JFK, Parmenter & Keller PCC’s for in-house enrichment as detailed.
E. Parmenter Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $200.00 from the Parmenter PCC for field trips as detailed.
F. Districtwide Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $285.00 from BJ’s Wholesale Club for districtwide 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



Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - June 14, 2022
Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - June 14, 2022

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Franklin School Committee: Superintendent Evaluation Subcmte - June 7, 2022 - 6 PM

Franklin Public Schools
Franklin School Committee
Superintendent Evaluation Subcommittee

6/7/22 - 6 - 7:00pm
Municipal Building - 3rd floor Training Room

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
● Review and summarize superintendent evaluation data
● Adjournment

Agenda doc with remote connection info ->

Franklin School Committee: Superintendent Evaluation Subcmte - June 7, 2022 - 6 PM
Franklin School Committee: Superintendent Evaluation Subcmte - June 7, 2022 - 6 PM

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Franklin School Committee: Superintendent's Evaluation Subcommittee - Jan 27, 2022

Franklin Public Schools - Franklin School Committee
Superintendent Evaluation Subcommittee
1/27/2022 - 5:00 PM

Municipal Building - 3rd floor Training Room 

Agenda
"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
● Review superintendent evaluation process
● Adjournment

Agenda document:

Franklin School Committee:  Superintendent's Evaluation Subcommittee - Jan 27, 2022
Franklin School Committee:  Superintendent's Evaluation Subcommittee - Jan 27, 2022


Thursday, August 12, 2021

Franklin School Committee: Ad Hoc Superintendent's Evaluation Sub Committee Meeting - Aug 13

Ad Hoc Superintendent's Evaluation Sub Committee Meeting

Municipal Building - Training Room (Virtual Link in Agenda)

Friday, August 13, 2021 - 9:30 AM


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."
●  Complete Superintendent’s Evaluation


Full agenda doc and connection info ->

Ad Hoc Superintendent's Evaluation Sub Committee Meeting - Aug 13
Ad Hoc Superintendent's Evaluation Sub Committee Meeting - Aug 13


Sunday, July 4, 2021

Franklin Annual Report - 2020: Board of Assessors

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE BOARD OF ASSESSORS

Interim Revaluation
The interim revaluation of all real and personal property in the Town of Franklin was completed Fall 2019 in preparation for Actual Fiscal Year 2020 3rd quarter tax bills. Following is a brief review of that achievement.

Data Collection
Eighteen years have now passed since we installed the real estate valuation and assessment administration software developed by Patriot Properties, Inc. Because our start-up data was from a different form of valuation system and most of our data had not been refreshed in nearly ten years, it was necessary to complete a town- wide data recollection program prior to finalizing the FY 2005 valuations. Patriot Properties was hired for this task. Over the past 15 years, our appraisal staff has performed the on-going property exterior measuring and interior inspecting for all real estate classes. Such reviews are done for the Department of Revenue (DOR) required cyclical program, as well as for building permitted changes, pre-appraisal, abatement and sales verifications.

Field Review
In addition to individual property on-site review, field reviews are required periodically to check for obvious data accuracy and consistency. This drive-by review provides another level of assurance that when valuation schedules are applied, the results will be “Fair and Equitable”.

Commercial/Industrial/Apartment Valuations 
Annually there are analyses of sales data as well as income & expense market data. The Board contracted Patriot to work with our Director to establish an income approach to value for each property. All requirements of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue were met through final approval of the FY 2020 valuations.

Sales Analysis
The majority of the sales analysis was completed by September 2019, and the interpretation of sales continued through the next two stages of valuation. The town-wide program resulted in a valuation system that was applied uniformly throughout the town, while reflecting all the adjustments warranted individually and by neighborhood, to result in “Full and Fair Cash Values” as per Massachusetts General Law.

Value Generation
A system of valuation was established based on valid property sales and where applicable the income approach to value. These schedules
concluded from the market were then uniformly applied to all taxable and exempt real property.
 
Final Value Review
Final reviews were completed in preparation for the DOR review. These include studies of various computer- generated reports to check for value consistency, final field checks required, and for DOR documentation and its analyses.

DOR Review & Final Approval
Any on-site and statistical reviews by the DOR took place from April to September 2019. The appraisal staff provided files, generated property records, answered questions and addressed any concerns. At the conclusion of the DOR review, we were granted approval authorizing public disclosure.

Public Disclosure
The DOR approved valuations were available for disclosure to the property owners. While the administrative staff provided property record cards and general data reviews, the appraisers conducted informal hearings on valuations.

Personal Property
Business assets and those of utilities are reviewed for valuation as taxable Personal Property. For nineteen fiscal years we have engaged the specialized services of Real Estate Research Consultants (RRC) in the discovery and valuation of these accounts. These services have served us well, resulting in DOR approval and consistently defendable valuations. Also, considerable new growth has been certified annually. Additionally, the RRC Personal Property Software installed in our office has benefited us. The personal property valuation formulas are very straightforward, and the administrative capabilities have met our needs.

Classification Hearing & Tax Commitment
Following some discussion and a few presentations relative to single versus split tax rates, the Council approved a single tax rate at $14.51 per $1,000 of taxable value as calculated by the Board for all property classes. The tax commitment and mailing were timely for an actual 3rd quarter tax bill.

Abatement Reviews
Upon mailing of the tax bills and on or before the due date of the first actual bill, property owners have an opportunity to file an Abatement Application on the basis of overvaluation or misclassification. 60 abatements applications were filed of 11,681 taxable accounts, or just over 1/2 of 1%. Generally those with merit were resolved through our conducting a complete on-site exterior measuring and interior inspection. Usually a valuation discrepancy is the result of a data error or as a result of an inspection appointment not being arranged and thus the property data having been “estimated”.

Continue reading about the Board of Assessors

Prior Annual Reports can be found online

Franklin Annual Report - 2020: Board of Assessors
Franklin Annual Report - 2020: Board of Assessors 

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Town Administrator Evaluation Ad Hoc Subcommittee Agenda - Feb 3, 2021

Town Administrator Evaluation 
Ad Hoc Subcommittee 
Agenda - Feb 3, 2021 - 5:00 PM

 

1. Call to Order
2. Town Administrator Evaluation Discussion
3. Adjourn

 
Town Administrator Jamie Hellen at a recent meeting
Town Administrator Jamie Hellen at a recent meeting

Friday, December 11, 2020

Ad Hoc Superintendent's Evaluation Sub Committee Meeting - Dec 17

Ad Hoc Superintendent's Evaluation Sub Committee Meeting

Virtual Meeting (Links in agenda)

Agenda

"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."

  •  Review Superintendent’s Goals

 
Superintendent Sara Ahern at a recent School Committee meeting
Superintendent Sara Ahern at a recent School Committee meeting


Sunday, November 29, 2020

FM #402 School Committee Meeting - 11/24/20 part 2 of 2 (audio)

 FM #402 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 402 in the series. 

This session shares one of two segments for the Franklin, MA School Committee meeting held on Tuesday, Nov 24, 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 meeting into two logical segments:

  • First - covers the opening through the Superintendent's evaluation (about 1 hour 18 minutes)
  • Second - picks up Discussion Only Items through the remainder of the meeting. (about 42 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. (Given the holiday weekend, they won’t be available until later on Monday, Nov 30, 2020)

Let’s listen to this second segment of the School Committee meeting of Nov 24, 2020. Audio file =  https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/Hck0Vw4S

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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"

Superintendent Sara Ahern provides an update
Superintendent Sara Ahern provides an update


FM #401 School Committee Meeting - 11/24/20 part 1 of 2 (audio)

FM #401 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 401 in the series. 

This session shares one of two segments for the Franklin, MA School Committee meeting held on Tuesday, Nov 24, 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 meeting into two logical segments:

  • First - covers the opening through the Superintendent's evaluation (about 1 hour 18 minutes)
  • Second - picks up Discussion Only Items through the remainder of the meeting. (about 42 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. (Given the holiday weekend, they won’t be available until later on Monday, Nov 30, 2020)

Let’s listen to this first segment of the School Committee meeting of Nov 24, 2020. Audio file =  https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HV52YD4S


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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"

Superintendent Sara Ahern provides an update
Superintendent Sara Ahern provides an update


Saturday, November 28, 2020

School Committee meeting recap - Nov 24, 2020

Quick Recap:

  • School committee votes to approve the Portrait of a Graduate as proposed along with a graphical representation of the skills and descriptions
  • The evaluation of Superintendent Sara Ahern was read word by word and then approved by unanimous vote.
  • Re-opening status updated with new report summary including COVID-19 metrics.
  • As school district was closed Wednesday, no additional docs were posted to the meeting packet folder after the meeting. We’ll need to wait until Monday for those.
Photos captured during the meeting and shared via Twitter can be found online
https://photos.app.goo.gl/GDCjS13Mp2CGfkRX9

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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  #schcomm1124
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23schcomm1124&src=typed_query


  • Getting ready for the school Committee meeting at 7; agenda doc with connection info here  https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/scagenda_11-24-20.pdf #schcom1124
  • Waiting #schcomm1124 and called to order at 7:03 PM
  • New trend? #schcomm1124 member speaking during citizens comments touting the success of the FHS field hockey team. Maybe such comments will get on to the agenda formally some day…
  • Superintendent's report, first on the budget status: state house release of cherry sheet confirms the FY 2020 levels with small increase of cost of living for FY 2021.  Student opportunity act no where to be seen at this time. #schcomm1124 state budget now in conf committee
  • Fall capital is on hold (per update at FinCom last week). Invited to attend  FinCom at Dec 15 meeting. #schcomm1124 registration for winter sports opens Weds through Dec 4. Modifications still be worked. Low or moderate risk only others moved to later in winter or spring
  • Photos of ECDC #schcomm1124
  • FEF funding passed through from Dell $3500 for robotics program, music performance of Cabaret last weekend, very entertaining! #schcomm1124 some photos from recent visit to FHS
  • Moving to discussion action items, new policy items for review. Crowd funding campaign addressed by first https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/discussion_action_a_-_policy_3.pdf  #schcomm1124 telework concept is covered by second policy (same link)
  • Odd conversation for discussion now with so much remote and hybrid working underway. #schcomm1124 motion to move to second reading, second, passes 7-0 via roll call
  • Portrait of a graduate up for approval (skills and description) first for this, second, passes 7-0  
  • Second vote would be on the graphic itself with two options (4 shown prior meeting) motion to approve a graphic #3, moved, seconded, 4-3 so graphic 3 is the one #schcomm1124
  • Next up, Superintendent evaluation. No doc released before hand so no indication of what's coming. #schcomm1124
  • Acknowledged doc wasn't shared among Committee before now, so if a typo or wording needs to be changed. Evaluation will be read word by word. #schcomm1124
  • Won't attempt to report on this section, stay tuned for audio version and doc when ready to be shared #schcomm1124 ranked as "proficient"
  • (#justsaying there must be a better way) still listening to the reading of a doc we can't see #schcomm1124 Chair pauses to take a drink of water and continue reading
  • "Franklin is fortunate to have Sara as Superintendent" #schcomm1124 the summative commentary is instructive and something to work with going forward. "Thanks for all the work by the Committee members, it is a team effort and I am proud of the collective effort"
  • Motion to approve evaluation as detailed, second, passes 7-0 via roll call #schcomm1124 
  • Moving to discussion only items, re-opening of schools, includes data from past weeks COVID counts. Quarantine requirements and impact on hybrid instruction, staff of 30 also tagged, rising#
  • Report referenced https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/reopening_schools_status_update_nov_20_2020-2021.pdf #schcomm1124 acknowledged a disconnect between data locally reported and DESE data (slick accounting! by DESE)
  • Bandwidth reported to be mostly ok, aside from a couple of specific times, and recognition of personnel using multiple devices to teach, will be updating bandwidth, new laptops being issued to help address. #schcomm1124 hybrid model is challenging to teach
  • Adhere to guidance please if traveling, concern about post break and able to maintain operations. Did not pursue pilot test process for district, questioning application of it, only for use in school setting. #schcomm1124 making transfers from VLA to hybrid
  • Concerned over lack of update on K-1 situation, more coming Dec 8th, no timeline yet, constraints to be understood and worked out #schcomm1124 chasing supply on HVAC upgrades, several changes since the initial discussion in August.  Also bumping up to spending deadline 12/31/20
  • Generally timeline being pushed out for devices, carbon levels 2-600 and goal is to be under 800... #schcomm1124 still looking for substitutes, letter to college students coming home did generate interest, among student teachers
  • FHS teacher glad to be back, it is a lot of work to deal with both students in person and remote #schcomm1124 budget workshop Dec 1. Community relations TBD, policy mtg scheduled, DTFA podcast  coming, meeting coming in Dec. Substance abuse task force finalize goals
  • #schcomm1124 SWAC released nutrition info, meeting Dec 15. Physical activity challenge for all students, staff, families coming to give 2020 the boot! Budget work Dec 1; next meeting topics; goals for consideration, K-1 options
  • Consent agenda, motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0 via roll call items found on packet page  https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/pages/november-24-2020-school-committee-packet #schcomm1124 thanks to FEF for their help and donation
  • Motion to adjourn, second, passed 7-0 via roll call
  • That's all for tonight. Happy Thanksgiving!

image on right was chosen by a 4-3 vote of the committee
image on right was chosen by a 4-3 vote of the committee


Sunday, October 25, 2020

Ad Hoc Superintendent's Evaluation Sub Committee Meeting - Oct 28

Franklin Public Schools 
Franklin School Committee 
 
Ad Hoc Superintendent’s Evaluation Sub Committee 
 
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 7:00 P.M.

 
Agenda
  • Complete Superintendent’s Evaluation
 

Virtual Meeting (Links in agenda)
 
Ad Hoc Superintendent's Evaluation Sub Committee Meeting
Ad Hoc Superintendent's Evaluation Sub Committee Meeting

 

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Ad Hoc Superintendent's Evaluation Sub Committee Meeting - Oct 28, 2020


Ad Hoc Superintendent's Evaluation 

Sub Committee Meeting

Wednesday, October 28, 2020  -  6:30 PM


Complete Superintendent’s Evaluation

 

Virtual Meeting (Links in agenda) 

https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/agendas/adhocsuptevalsub_com_agenda_-_10-28-20.pdf


Ad Hoc Superintendent's Evaluation Sub Committee Meeting - Oct 28, 2020
Ad Hoc Superintendent's Evaluation Sub Committee Meeting - Oct 28, 2020

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Recap - Oct 13, 2020

Quick Recap:

  • The meeting was broadcast via Verizon and Comcast as well as the live steam via the Franklinma.gov page. All three channels had an audio problem with no sound. The Zoom meeting audio was fine (the Zoom where it happened). Zoom originated the broadcast from the Council Chambers and apparently the audio got lost getting elsewhere
  • Hiring staff is still a concern, bandwidth not an issue (version of Chromebook is), awaiting delivery of new Chromebooks so swaps can be made; teacher and student SEL a concern; communication issues acknowledged (Where was the Community Relations committee?)
  • Three MASC resolutions passed 7-0, one by 4-3 vote as some were fearing that reducing voting age for municipal elections would add student votes to a potential override situation; two other resolutions were already adopted by this committee earlier in 2020
  • District Improvement plan outlined and voted to adopt
  • Superintendent Ahern presented the ‘evidence’ to support her accomplishments versus the goals set out; some discussion on what was the period of evaluation, as 5 of the committee are new and had not participated in the goal setting, although they did partially participate in the period of evaluation
  • Approval to reduce the pay to ride bus fee to account for the hybrid schedule (versus full time in person) which had been anticipated when set
  • The full Davis Thayer and facility report analysis is coming up next meeting, read the report to prepare


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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  #schcom1013
https://twitter.com/hashtag/schcom1013?src=hashtag_click


  • Getting ready for the next School Committee meeting - have you checked out the agenda? https://franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/files/agenda-10-13-20 #schcomm1013 it has the connection info for this session
  • The meeting available via Verizon and Comcast local channels as well as via lice stream from the Town of Franklin page #schcomm1013 https://franklinma.gov/home/pages/live-meetings-stream all brought to you by Franklin TV
  • FHS representatives here for first time in school year. Akash Shetty, class president, Katie Garrigan & Nipun Goel also present and intro themselves; also spoke of mixed bag on remote learning, not easy, teachers doing well, reqs independence #schcom1013
  • #schcom1013 now for Superintendent's report. Review of health data metrics and moving to hybrid as announced last week. Trending under 1% positivity rate and steady. Moving forward as scheduled. FHS model changed to 33% (instead of 1/4) A,B,C cohorts
  • #schcom1013 UV upgrade has begun, currently filters and maintenance complete, and dampers open to increase air flow. 2 types of units large and small, Keller-Sullivan being done, FHS contracted, full schedule in report posted Weds
  • Chromebook arrival anticipated, video bandwidth is fine, issue is with browser and unit software. Swaps being prepared once new units arrive. #schcom1013 contracted for remote service for families with unit problems
  • Staffing continues to be a concern Report of no sound via the live stream, Zoom is fine. Verizon/Comcast also with no volume #schcom1013
  • Folks working the sound issue #schcom1013
  • #schcom1013 large size class VLA for K and 2nd grade a priority for additional help, as noted earlier with the staffing issues
  • Could look at schedule as an interim step for lower level grades #schcom1013 wouldn't want to walk back the overall time as it took so long to get to full day K
  • Superintendent is responsible for the health and safety of the students and staff daily, thanks to all for stepping up, the employers are also stepping up. #schcom1013 Moving along to Superintendent eval
  • https://franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/files/supt-eval-presentation presentation doc for eval. #schcom1013 Rubrics for eval with focus indicators
  • #schcom1013 student goal will need to be revised as it was based upon 3 years of MCAS results and that was skipped last year. "When requested" holds exit interview with departing staff.
  • Portrait of a graduate coming in next couple of meetings #schcom1013 (Zoom participation up to 60+)
  • Seal of biliteracy coming for FHS, #schcom1013 one if the key policy matters is the closing study for Davis Thayer and that is underway. Report coming to meeting 10/27 https://franklinps.net/district/davis
  • Portrait of a graduate (PoG) unites us all together. For Superintendents one of the most important work is to hire principals #schcom1013 to share background material on PoG, should also incorporate pandemic related items as they weren't planned for
  • #schcom1013 how to address pandemic as it straddles 2 school years, last year is part of this eval. Next eval will cover this year and the summer prep etc. Including meetings via Zoom as business changed. Didn't want to go back
  • Judy objects to use of 'evidence' results would be better, otherwise sounds like their picking apart the work. #schcom1013 Q on timing of eval period vs. SchCom term what they could see/observe. Q on staff wellbeing
  • Superintendent eval publicly on Nov 10 #schcom1013 https://franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/files/dip-goals-presentation doc contains the updated goals for approval, school goals cascade down from these
  • Essential skills for portrait of a graduate (PoG) shown in these 5 areas #schcom1013 part of the overall district plan, more to come on the PoG as it comes forward as mentioned
  • Key quote #schcom1013 work being done by Community group to be synched with the schools work in this area
  • Still no sound on livestream (only Zoom) #schcom1013 I'll make sure to turn my audio recording around quickly so you can listen to this while Franklin TV queues the replay for cable
  • What is the meaning of 'homework' when all school work is done at home? #schcom1013 use of digital tools for safety and privacy for users.
  • PoG creates a structure for building on the skills across the grades to prepare for walking out the door as an adult #schcom1013 difference between school values and skill competency
  • Q on goals vs this year what is it going to bring? Are we taking on too much? What is the rationale? #schcom1013 anything new is tailored narrowly to this environment, assessment is strategic, could allow us to assess less could do both remote and hybrid, adaptive as well
  • Someone unmutted went full screen to yawn. Thanks, needed that. You know it's contagious #schcom1013 no new curriculum lifts this year, explanation helped to settle what was new vs New
  • Recommend adoption of district goals https://franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/files/disc-action-dip #schcom1013 motion seconded, passed 7-0 via roll call
  • Motion on policy approval https://franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/files/disc-action-b-policy #schcom1013 motion seconded, passed 7-0 via roll call
  • Motion on bus ride pay fee reduction seconded https://franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/files/disc-action-c-ptr #schcom1013 seconded passed 7-0 via roll call for this school year only due to pandemic.
  • MASC resolutions up for approval https://franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/files/disc-action-d-masc-resolutions 4 resolutions chosen, 2 already acted upon previously. #schcom1013 motion and second amended to hear a summary of the resolution passed 7-0 via roll call
  • Res 1 calls for moratorium for testing for 2020-2021 sch year, motion seconded passes 7-0 via roll call Res 4 lowers voting age for municipal election via empower act, motion and seconded, passes 4-3 via roll call
  • Res 5 advocates for progressive tax regulations, motion seconded passes 7-0 #schcom1013 Res 6 allocation of medicade funding motion seconded passes 6-1 (what % actually goes to schools) Judy no
  • #schcom1013 recap of res 2 and 3 Info matters Budget met last week, scheduled future session; comm relations Tues at 3, newsletter items needed chap 70 presentation last week, FEF fund raiser well attended (approx 40) Policy meeting coming
  • Facilities report reviewed 9/30, coming up 10/27 for full discussion https://franklinps.net/district/davis-thayer-facilities-analysis/pages/comprehensive-facilities-assessment-report #schcom1013 Joint PCC met, updates confirming what Supt said, concerned about fund raising this year due to pandemic
  • "Caste" by isabel Wilkerson, currently #1 recommended by Rev Eric Cherry #schcom1013 Facilities report next meeting Consent agenda motion to approve, second, passes 7-0 via roll call Judy obtains on minutes for meeting she missed
  • Motion to adjourn regular session, go to executive session to discuss strategy, will reconvene to return Motion to go, second, passes 7-0 #schcom1013
  • While they will return, that is all for me tonight, catch you next time #schcom1013

 

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Recap - Oct 13, 2020
Franklin, MA: School Committee - Recap - Oct 13, 2020

 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Live reporting: Plastic Bag Waste Reduction


8. PRESENTATIONS/DISCUSSIONS
a. Plastic Bag Waste Reduction
Ethan leading a group of approx 14 students lined up to present each section of the plastic waste reduction plan

year long transition period to allow for work out of existing stock
can also apply for an additional 3 month waiver if necessary (just once)
state bill imposes a mandatory 10 cent fee, this does not
the State bill was passed by the Senate, and not by the House, no way to know for sure if it will pass
other communities are passing similar legislation around us
26 of 29 businesses talked with approve
347 signatures on petition
multiple meetings to prepare for this

Mercer - thank you, we applaud your efforts in bringing this forward

Hamblen - this group has been before the EDC four times
What if the State passed and overturned this?

Jones reading part(?) of the proposed bylaw for "clarification sake"

Earls - statement on recycling, questioning the single stream due to other recycling issues
"bag ban problematic in several ways" 
study from Australian professor questions the textbook case of the CA example

Bissanti - I don't want to see them leave here, let's give them the chance
let's get this done in Franklin

Dellorco -my concern was for the small businesses, you have answered that with this proposal and the implementation plan

Hamblen - they have encouraged people to try different materials
plastic with wood fibers so it will dissolve, another from a root, some of the smaller packets being made from sea weed; it is a statement to get people thinking

Kelly - thanks for changing from a ban to reduction, it plays better

really three options:

  1. send a resolution
  2. start a bylaw
  3. wait for the state

looking for a sense of where we are for which direction

bylaw
resolution (Earls)
bylaw
bylaw
bylaw
bylaw
bylaw
bylaw
(Mercer did not publicly declare)

hence bylaw is to be drafted, written then announced for two public hearings, and then voted on

it is possible that the State could get their act together and take it out of our hands

two minute recess




You can also find the full set of documents in one PDF
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/agendas/12-18-19_full_agenda_web_1.pdf

Monday, May 28, 2018

School Committee - Recap - May 22, 2018

The School Committee meeting featured recognition of some of the teachers retiring this year, the superintendent's evaluation, and a presentation on yet another unfunded mandate from the State.

Teacher retirements

Five teachers were present to be recognized for their years of service for the school district. The total number retiring from the district was not revealed. The listing of teachers that had been provided in prior years was not available before the meeting nor post meeting (as least as of Sunday, May 27).


FHS guidance Ms Dolan flanked by School Committee Chair Ann Bergen  and Superintendent Sara Ahern
FHS guidance Ms Dolan flanked by School Committee Chair Ann Bergen
and Superintendent Sara Ahern

Oak St kindergarten teacher Dolores Sherlock flanked by School Committee Chair Ann Bergen and Superintendent Sara Ahern
Oak St kindergarten teacher Dolores Sherlock flanked by School Committee Chair Ann Bergen
and Superintendent Sara Ahern

Bob O'Brian flanked by School Committee Chair Ann Bergen and Superintendent Sara Ahern
HMMS Math teachers Bob O'Brian flanked by School Committee Chair Ann Bergen
and Superintendent Sara Ahern

Parmenter math specialist Mrs Dauley flanked by School Committee Chair Ann Bergen and Superintendent Sara Ahern
Parmenter math specialist Mrs Dauley flanked by School Committee Chair Ann Bergen
and Superintendent Sara Ahern

FHS Terese Danizio-To flanked by School Committee Chair Ann Bergen   and Superintendent Sara Ahern
FHS Terese Danizio-To flanked by School Committee Chair Ann Bergen 
and Superintendent Sara Ahern 


group photo
group photo

Superintendent Evaluation


Superintendent Ahern evaluation was reported out an voted on with one dissenting vote. Dr Monica Linden's statement outlining her rational was posted after the meeting here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2018/05/statement-by-dr-monica-linden-franklin.html

The evaluation document itself has not yet been posted to the School Committee meeting document page.
http://franklinschool.vt-s.net/Pages/FranklinCom_Packets/m5-22-18%20SC%20Packet/

Unfunded Mandate


Yet another unfunded mandate required for implementation by the State of MA was outlined by Asst Superintendent Peter Light. The presentation document is usually released after the meeting but as of Sunday had not been available on the school webpage. I did capture photos of each page to share
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2018/05/live-reporting-discussion-action-items.html


Note: Dolores Sherlock is my better half

My notes reported live during the meeting;