Showing posts with label override. Show all posts
Showing posts with label override. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Franklin Public Schools Message on Override Outcome 6/11/24

Dear Franklin Community,

Thank you to the Franklin voters who took the time to vote today. Unfortunately, the requested Proposition 2 ½ override did not pass, and we must implement program and service cuts as previously communicated.


While this outcome presents significant challenges, we remain dedicated to providing students with a high-quality education. We will continue to prioritize our resources and make the most of the approved budget to ensure our students have every opportunity to succeed.


Respectfully,


Lucas Giguere

Superintendent

Franklin Public Schools



If you didn't hear about the results, they can be found here -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2024/06/unofficial-results-franklin-ma-special.html


Franklin Public Schools Message on Override Outcome 6/11/24
Franklin Public Schools Message on Override Outcome 6/11/24



(Unofficial Results) - Franklin, MA: Special Election Prop 2 1/2 Override results - June 11, 2024 No by 236 votes

Town Clerk Nancy Danello release the unofficial override results Tuesday evening at Franklin High School.

Yes = 5542
No = 5778
Blanks = 5
Total = 11,325

Percent voters 45.5%
Total voters = 24,891
Total residents = 33,389






Franklin, MA: Special Election Prop 2 1/2 Override results - June 11, 2024
Franklin, MA: Special Election Prop 2 1/2 Override results - June 11, 2024

What's happening in Franklin, MA: Tuesday, June 11, 2024?

Tuesday, June 11
6:00am - 8:00pm   Special Election ($6.8M Override)
5:00pm  Student Public Art Release - "The Traveling School of Fish" (Sculpture Park)
6:00pm  Family Game Night (Franklin Public Library)
7:00pm  Musical Bingo (Raillery Public House
7:00pm  Yankee Quilters Meeting: quilt artist Betsy Habich (Emma's Quilt Cupboard)

** Town Meetings today
 
  • Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Meeting
Event Date:  Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 10:00am  
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/agendas/municipal_affordable_housing_trust_june_11_2024.pdf

  • Design Review Meeting Agenda
Event Date:  Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 7:00pm (virtual meeting)
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/agendas/drc_agenda_6-11-2024.pdf



What's happening today in Franklin?
What's happening today in Franklin? 
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Why are there multiple calendars?
There is a Cultural events calendar upon which other community events are layered to create the Community calendar.

Respectfully, the Library and Senior Center calendars are too full of events to include all their events so we tend to focus on the major events. Town and School meetings are also kept separate. Links for all the calendars are shared here:

The Cultural calendar displays only the cultural events    

Find the full Community event calendar  https://bit.ly/FranklinCommunityCalendar

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:  https://bit.ly/Submit2Calendar

The Library calendar of events ->    calendar link

The Senior Center calendar of events ->   https://www.franklinma.gov/node/39/events/month/39/2023-12

The Town meeting calendar is found  https://www.franklinma.gov/calendar
The School district calendar is found  https://www.franklinps.net/calendar-by-event-type/26

Special Election ($6.8M Override) today, voting at FHS up to 8 PM

One question:
"Shall the town of Franklin be allowed to assess an additional 6.8 million dollars in real estate AND personal property  taxes for the purposes of the operating budget for which monies from this assessment will be used for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2024?"


The override collection of posts with information to help you cast an informed vote on or before June 11 8 PM -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2024/03/whats-this-about-possible-override-for.html

Special Election ($6.8M Override) today, voting at FHS up to 8 PM
Special Election ($6.8M Override) today, voting at FHS up to 8 PM

WHY we (Ken Ojukwu) are voting YES for FRANKLIN! (video)

The next in the series of "WHY we are voting YES for FRANKLIN!" features Ken Ojukwu. He urges all to vote Yes 4 Franklin -> https://youtu.be/xP-0CtLEZ3g?si=bQdty17NdOVj8z2y

More information can be found on the One Franklin page ->    https://onefranklinma.com/


The "override collection" has been updated. You can review all the information shared to make an informed vote on June 11 -> https://buff.ly/3Vm2hJi


Sunday, June 9, 2024

Voices of Franklin: Franklin School Cmte ask for support for Franklin Schools by voting Yes on June 11th

Franklin Friends and Neighbors,

Join us in supporting our schools by voting Yes on June 11th. Your vote can help us make a positive difference in our community

Thank you

(signed by all 7 members of the Franklin School Committee)

Voices of Franklin:  Franklin School Cmte ask for support for Franklin Schools by voting Yes on June 11th
Voices of Franklin:  Franklin School Cmte ask for support for Franklin Schools by voting Yes on June 11th

If you have something to say, you can find the guidelines here
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2011/03/introducing-voices-of-franklin.html

Voices of Franklin
Voices of Franklin


WHY we (Susan Rohrbach) are voting YES for FRANKLIN! (video)

The next in the series of "WHY we are voting YES for FRANKLIN!" features Susan Rohrbach. She urges all to vote Yes 4 Franklin -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W3ZgJUc2Ec

More information can be found on the One Franklin page ->    https://onefranklinma.com/


Saturday, June 8, 2024

Franklin (MA) Town Clerk Nancy Danello provides a Special Election Update (06/05/24) (audio)

FM #1231 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1231 in the series. 

This session shares the Special Election update provided by Town Clerk Nancy Danello to the Franklin (MA) Town Council Meeting on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. She covers the current status (3800+ ballots received) and how the early and absentee votes will be processed on Election Day, June 11, 2024. 


Quick summary:

* Daily process for early and absentee votes

Entry into State voting record system for individual as received

Count of ballots received by precinct, ballots remain unopened, are sealed and locked in vault


* Election day process for early and absentee votes

Ballots transported by Franklin police from Town Clerk vault to FHS

Entry into State voting record system for individual as voted

Ballots opened by precinct and processed into the tabulator (voting machine) assisted by Franklin Police


If you have questions on the election process, please reach out to Nancy. Don't ask folks on 'social media'. She will provide the correct answer.

The special election update takes about 7 minutes, so let’s listen to Town Clerk Nancy Danello. Audio link -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1231-franklin-town-clerk-special-election-update-06-05-24



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The Franklin TV broadcast 06/05/24  ->  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps1PnsDuPwE 


Agenda and supporting documents -> 

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/agendas/june_5_2024_town_council_meeting_agenda.pdf 


My notes for this meeting  captured via Twitter can be found in one PDF file -> https://drive.google.com/file/d/190oyby8h5rC5ivDqN4lKAOV5PBP2UCM4/view?usp=drive_link 


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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"


Franklin (MA) Town Clerk Nancy Danello provides a Special Election Update (06/05/24) (audio)
Franklin (MA) Town Clerk Nancy Danello provides a Special Election Update (06/05/24) (audio)

Friday, June 7, 2024

Watch "Dear Franklin, (A Message from Franklin Educators)" on YouTube (video)

Dear Franklin,

As proud members of the Franklin Education Association, we are asking you to come out in support of our schools on June 11 and vote Yes for Franklin
 


This initiative is not just an investment in our schools - the override vote is an investment in our community's future.

If you are a family with children in school, a "Yes" vote will directly support your child’s education. The funds from this override will allow schools to:
  • Keep class sizes low
  • Continue to offer a variety of AP courses and electives
  • Bring back middle school extracurricular activities.
Just to name a few.

But research shows that supporting our schools is beneficial to everyone in town, not just families with children. Good schools are a cornerstone of a thriving community, leading to:
  • High property values as young families continue to see Franklin schools as the strongest schools in the area.
  • A safer, more engaged community.
  • A stronger local economy as well-educated graduates enter the workforce.

We are proud to be educators in this amazing town. 
 
We are all deeply committed to supporting this community every day. 
 
On June 11 we are asking for your support.  

We all want the best for Franklin. A vote for the tax override is a vote for a brighter future in Franklin. 

Thank you for your time and consideration. Please remember to vote YES on June 11.

Thank you.


Final note- FEA members have a right to their own opinions on this issue.  This video is not intended to be representative of the entire FEA, but limited to the members who participate.


Jennifer Levine urges vote Yes 4 Franklin (video)

Jennifer Levine urges vote Yes 4 Franklin -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8QoEWbY8kc


Thursday, June 6, 2024

Voices of Franklin: A letter to Franklin’s 65+ community from your fellow seniors

The children of Franklin are our town’s future citizens. They deserve the best educational opportunities. The children of Franklin are a joy to their parents and even the older population who no longer have school-age people in their own lives. We as senior citizens look back on the ways public schools have contributed in unique and important ways to our own personal development. As a group we urge a YES vote on the tax override, because our investment in education will pay dividends for decades.

Everyone knows from personal experience the profound impact that educational opportunities have had on their own lives. Everyone knows that the educational opportunities and social relationships offered by schools have a huge role in developing positive character traits and life competency skills. Everyone knows that providing for the needs of children is a financial commitment that extends beyond the individual household. Outside the family, children spend most of their waking hours in school.

For a multitude of reasons (many outside the control of our district) the Franklin Public Schools have been starved of funds for years. Again and again, our local school spending is discussed and shows to be dropping from 25th percentile, and now under 20th percentile when compared to all other towns in the Commonwealth.

Our heroic staff and teachers do excellent work with the funding they have, but could do so much more with adequate funding. Over the years, Franklin has reduced music, arts, and other activities, while class sizes have grown and fees to students have steadily increased. New technologies for teachers to master and cell phones in children’s hands present new challenges and opportunities that will require money to address.

Support for children with varying backgrounds, and the mental health needs of school age kids in a changing culture all require money. Modern day parents are facing challenges our generation never dealt with, and much of the responsibility to help these families falls to the public schools. We as seniors are committed to the value that it does indeed take a village to raise children.

We think back with gratitude on how schools have helped our children adapt to the challenges of life and learning-in ways that could not be accomplished by even the best parenting done in isolation.

The ability to collect public funds to adequately support public interests like the education of our children is critical to Franklin’s long-term health. The request for an ‘override’ of arbitrary tax limitations is consistent with information about the school funding that the town has made available for years. Furthermore, an override is consistent with current economic conditions such as inflation across industries. We should also acknowledge that Franklin’s real estate taxes are lower than most surrounding towns. While this may seem like a positive attribute, in reality it means we are allowing our town’s school system to decay. Franklin should not become a backward outlier in our region.

Many of us moved to Franklin for the high quality of our public educational system. Even though that specific time in our lives has passed, we understand and continue to support the belief that public education is the responsibility of citizens of all ages.

Signed by Seniors Supporting Vote YES for Franklin!

Signed by Seniors Supporting Vote YES for Franklin!
Signed by Seniors Supporting Vote YES for Franklin!




Voices of Franklin: A letter to Franklin’s 65+ community from your fellow seniors
Voices of Franklin: A letter to Franklin’s 65+ community from your fellow seniors

Many Override questions answered at Franklin Senior Center on Wednesday (audio)

FM #1227 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1227 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the Override Q&A session conducted at the Franklin Senior Center on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. Town Administrator Jamie Hellen was joined by School Superintendent Lucas Giguere and School Business Administrator Dr Bob Dutch to provide an override and answer many questions. 

Town Clerk Nancy Danello provided an update that as of that afternoon, 3700 ballots had been cast for the early voting on the June 11 Special Election. She was also there to answer questions on the election process but none were raised.

Many of the questions were asked by skeptics in the group. It seemed apparent that some myths were dispelled, yet despite the info, some seemingly were not changing their minds.  


The conversation runs just less than 2 hours. Let’s listen to the Q&A session on June 5. Audio link -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1227-franklin-senior-center-override-qna-06-05-24



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Override Info page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/town-budget/webforms/fy25-override-information 


FY 2025 Town budget page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/town-budget/webforms/fy-25-budget-materials 


Citizen Discounts and Exemptions info page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/administrator/pages/citizen-discounts-exemptions 


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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 www.franklin.news/ or  www.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" 


Many Override questions answered at Franklin Senior Center on Wednesday (audio)
Many Override questions answered at Franklin Senior Center on Wednesday (audio)

Short videos being shared with reasons to Vote Yes for Franklin (video)

First video - Roberta Trahan




Second video - Melanie Hamblen



The One Franklin page -> https://onefranklinma.com/


Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Sports & bus fee increases contingent upon the outcome of the Override scheduled for June 11

From Franklin Public Schools:
"Dear FHS families,
 
As we get ready for the next school year, we want to update you on potential fee increases so that you can plan accordingly. While the final decisions still need to be made by the School Committee, we want all families to be informed. Attached, you will find the current listing of fees for athletics by sport and the proposed fee increases.

You will also see fee proposals for Transportation and ECDC. The implementation of fee increases is contingent upon the outcome of the Override Ballot election in June and the School Committee vote and is identified as such (except ECDC fees, which will increase regardless of the outcome of the override).

Additionally, here is a link to a brief survey regarding fee increases.  (For FHS Families -> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSejBgnpOex2VgatM-Vt8kA1DuDC1IiPRNGJGoIg1j0kc3aoYw/viewform)
 
Sincerely,
Franklin Public Schools"
 
Sports & bus fee increases contingent upon the outcome of the Override scheduled for June 11
Sports & bus fee increases contingent upon the outcome of the Override scheduled for June 11

The audio and video of the School Committee meeting held May 28, 2024 contains the preview of these fee increases   https://www.franklinmatters.org/2024/06/school-committee-approves-pledge.html