Showing posts with label policy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label policy. Show all posts

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Franklin School Committee reviews FHS program of studies & approved Westboro for membership to the Accept Collaborative (audio)

FM #924 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 924 in the series. 

This session shares the Franklin, MA School Committee meeting held on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. The meeting was conducted in the Council Chambers with six members present and one member (M Whitmore) remote. Hence all votes were via roll call.


School Committee Chair Denise Spencer opens the meeting at 7:00 PM. 


Key items on the agenda

  • Update from Supt Giguere on the Inclement Weather Policy, now that we have had some weather to deal with, a reminder on the process, how it is coordinated with DPW, Police and Fire. Additional details posted on FPS page (see link below)

  • FHS Program of Studies - Principal Josh Hanna presented an update on the program highlighting some changes to add courses, and answered questions from the School Committee. He acknowledged as he began that this was the results of a whole team of effort, many of whom were out and about tonight with student activities. The PDF of my notes captures screen presentation pages. The presentation doc should get posted soon to the meeting folder so you can find additional details

  • Accept Collaborative presentation - E Stokes recused herself from this portion of the meeting to avoid a conflict of interest. The presentation provided an overview of the services and work among the collaborative to support the needs of the students in the district. This was all in advance of a discussion and vote by the Committee to approve the application of Westborough into the Collaborative (each member needs to do so, it was mentioned this is the first of a few). The Committee voted unanimously (6-0-1; 6 for, 0 no, 1 - recuse)

  • Proposed school committee meeting calendar and Accept Collaborative report were among the items for discussion only

  • The Committee did enter Executive Session not to return to open meeting


The show notes contain a link to the full agenda and to my notes & photos captured via Twitter during the meeting. 


The recording runs about 1 hour and 40 minutes, so let’s listen to the Franklin School Committee on January 24, 2023. Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-924-town-of-franklin-ma-school-cmte-mtg-01-24-23



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School Committee page -> https://www.franklinps.net/district/school-committee 


Inclement weather page -> https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/weather_2022_2.pdf 


Video link -> https://youtu.be/6f53S5iyXpU 


The agenda doc contains info on remote participation -> https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/scagenda_1-24-23.pdf 


All the documents released for this meeting (some after the meeting) can be found in one folder -> https://www.franklinps.net/district/school-committee/pages/january-24-2023-school-committee-meeting-packet


My Twitter notes are here in one PDF file ->  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pWMoZmkmt2nkhBczlP0QYMBbBVPrew5d/view?usp=share_link 



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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.


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FHS Principal Josh Hanna
FHS Principal Josh Hanna

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

FPS: School Committee - Policy Subcommittee Meeting - Jan 25, 2023 - 6 PM

 FRANKLIN SCHOOL COMMITTEE
Policy Subcommittee Meeting
DATE: 1/25/2023 TIME: 6:00 – 7:30 PM 

Location: 3rd Floor Municipal Building – 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.”

I. Distribution of Approved Policies
A. JLCD - Administering Medicines to Students
B. JLCD-1 - Anaphylaxis Procedure
C. EBCD - Emergency Closings
D. GBI - Political Activities of Staff

II. Discussion of Policies sent to School Committee
A. None

III. Policy Revisions & New Policies - New Discussion Item
A. IA - Instructional Goals
B. IB - Academic Freedom
C. IC - School Year School Calendar
D. IE - Organization of Instruction
E. IGA - Curriculum Development
F. IGAA - Curriculum Goals
G. IGB - Student Services Programs
H. IGBH - Alternative Programs

I. Continued Review of Policies


FPS: School Committee - Policy Subcommittee Meeting - Jan 25, 2023 - 6 PM
FPS: School Committee - Policy Subcommittee Meeting - Jan 25, 2023 - 6 PM

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Franklin, MA: School Committee Agenda - January 24, 2023

Franklin School Committee 
January 24, 2023 - 7:00 PM
Municipal Building – Council Chambers 

Call to Order Ms. Spencer
Pledge of Allegiance 
Moment of Silence

I. Routine Business
A. Review of Agenda
B. Payment of Bills Mr. McNeill 
C. Payroll Ms. Spencer
D. FHS Student Representative Comments
E. Superintendent’s Report

II. Guests/Presentations
A. FHS Program of Studies Update - Josh Hanna

III. Discussion/Action Items
A. Policy Second Reading / Adoption
I recommend adoption of the following policies as discussed:
1. JLCD - Administering Medicines to Students
2. JLCD-1 - Anaphylaxis Procedure
3. EBCD - Emergency Closings
4. GBI - Political Activities of Staff
B. Westborough’s request to join ACCEPT Collaborative
I recommend approval of the Westborough Public School district to join ACCEPT Collaborative as discussed.
IV. Discussion Only Items
A. 2023-2024 School Committee Meeting Schedule - DRAFT
B. ACCEPT Collaborative Quarterly Report

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 January 10, 2023 School Committee Meeting as detailed.
B. Transfers
I recommend approval of the budget transfers as detailed.
C. FHS Trip to Greece
I recommend approval of the request of Ms. Cullinan & Ms. Reilly to take FHS students to Greece from April 11 - 20, 2024 as presented at the 1/10/23 School Committee Meeting.
D. JFK Recurring Field Trip
I recommend approval of the request of the JFK Gr 2 Team to take JFK 2nd Graders to Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence, RI on June 2, 2023 as detailed.
E. RMS Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $1503.36 from Lifetouch/Shutterfly LLC for in-house enrichment at RMS as detailed.
F. Music Gift
I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $5,964.00 from Music Parents for in-house enrichment as detailed.
G. New Math NHS Club
I recommend approval of the request of Jennifer Santosuosso to create a new Math National Honor Society Club 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 Van Drivers, Cafeteria, ESP/LPN and Secretaries units as an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.
X. Adjournment

The agenda doc includes remote participation info ->

The packet folder containing all the docs released for the meeting (and those that will be released after the meeting) ->

Franklin, MA: School Committee Agenda for Meeting Jan 24, 2023
Franklin, MA: School Committee Agenda for Meeting Jan 24, 2023

Sunday, December 11, 2022

CommonWealth Magazine: "Old laws, like Prop 2 1/2, need to adapt to times"

"I’VE BEEN STRUGGLING to find the right metaphor for our current economic situation. After the great recession of 2007-2009, my go-to was a staircase: the recession had knocked us down a flight of stairs and it took us a decade to climb back up.

But that won’t do today. If COVID knocked us down the stairs, our response was to leap–like some superhero–up and out of the building. Only afterwards did we realize we don’t know how to land.

Or how’s this analogy…to avoid a dangerous tangle on the highway, we successfully accelerated around it–only to discover that our brakes aren’t working well.

You get the point. For the first time in decades, the problem with the US economy is that it’s running too hot, with plentiful job opportunities driving unsustainable wage growth and consumer demand keeping inflation above healthy levels.

Fixing all this is mostly a job for the feds. But lawmakers here in Massachusetts have an important role to play: they need to adapt."
Continue reading the article at CommonWealth Magazine ->

CommonWealth Magazine: "Old laws, like Prop 2 1/2, need to adapt to times"
CommonWealth Magazine: "Old laws, like Prop 2 1/2, need to adapt to times"

Sunday, December 4, 2022

This Town Council "Quarterbacking" session condenses the 11/30/22 meeting to about 28 minutes (audio)

FM #891 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 891 in the series. 


This shares my conversation with Town Council Chair Tom Mercer. This is one of a series of conversations meant to provide a recap of the prior Council meeting. Akin to one of the many sports post-game analysis broadcasts we are familiar with in New England,  this would be a discussion focused on the Franklin Town Council meeting of Nov 30, 2022


  • ok, what just happened? 

  • What does it mean for Franklin residents and taxpayers?


We cover the following key topics

8. PRESENTATIONS / DISCUSSION

a. Presentation: Elks Riders Donation to Veterans’ Services Department


6. HEARINGS - 7:00 pm

a. Franklin Tax Classification Hearing

b. Resolution 22-77: Tax Classification Residential Factor

c. Resolution 22-78: Tax Classification Open Space Exemption

d. Resolution 22-79: Tax Classification Small Business Exemption

e. Resolution 22-80: Tax Classification Residential Property Exemption

f. Resolution 22-81: Tax Classification Senior Means Tested Exemption


g. Resolution 22-82: Declaration of Town-owned Property Containing “South Franklin Congregational Meeting House” Located at 762 Washington Street as Surplus and Authorization for Disposition (Sale) to Old Colony Habitat for Humanity


h. Resolution 22-83: Downtown Parking Lot Kiosks Authorization  


i. Resolution 22-84: 2023 Town Council Meeting Schedule


k. Resolution 22-85: Public Property Naming & Memorial Installation Policy


Our conversation runs about 28 minutes:


Links to the meeting agenda and associated documents released for this meeting are included in the show notes. 


Let’s listen to this session of Town Council Quarterbacking recorded Dec 1, 2022


Audio file -> 
https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-891-town-council-quarterbacking-12-01-22

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Meeting agenda and documents released for this session ->

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/nov_30_town_council_agenda.pdf


Watch the Franklin.TV video replay on YouTube -> https://youtu.be/FXWkMcix63s


My notes in one threaded PDF document

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uTxaQe3MXLug8od6xq5C_bqLzbDLoEjY/view?usp=share_link 


My 4 key tax rate charts as discussed in this session

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/11/good-news-tax-rate-is-going-down.html



--------------


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!

------------------


You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"


South Franklin Congregational Meeting House
South Franklin Congregational Meeting House

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Franklin School Committee - Policy Subcommittee Meeting - Nov 9 at 6:00 PM


Franklin School Committee
Policy Subcommittee Meeting
3rd Floor Municipal Building – Training Room
DATE: 11/9/2022 TIME: 6:00 – 7:30 PM


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.”

I. Distribution of Approved Policies
A. JJEA - Crowdfunding Policy
B. JJE - Student Fundraising Activities
C. JJF - Student Activity Accounts
D. JJF-R - Student Activity Accounts
E. JICH, Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Use by Students Prohibited

II. Discussion of Policies sent to School Committee
A. none

III. Policy Revisions & New Policies - New Discussion Item
A. JLCDD - Managing Life Threatening Food Allergies
1. Reviewed, will return at next meeting
B. JLCDD-E - Protocols and Guidelines for Managing Life Threatening Food Allergies
1. Reviewed, will return at next meeting
C. Custodial Rate increase to $42.45 on building use KF-E3 Facility Rental Fee Schedule
D. Continued Review of E Policies


Agenda doc with remote connection information -> 

Policy Subcommittee Meeting - Nov 9 at 6:00 PM
Policy Subcommittee Meeting - Nov 9 at 6:00 PM

Saturday, October 8, 2022

Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting Agenda for Oct 11, 2022

 Franklin School Committee
October 11, 2022 -7:00 PM
Municipal Building – Council Chambers


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. 2021 MASC Legislator of the Year Award
B. 6-12 School Improvement Plans
 
III. Discussion/Action Items
A. FPS Middle School Improvement Plans
I recommend approval of the Middle School Improvement Plans as presented.
B. FPS High School Improvement Plan
I Recommend approval of the High School Improvement Plan as presented.
C. Policy - 1st Reading
I recommend moving policy JICH - Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug use by students to a second reading as discussed.
D. MASC Resolutions
I recommend approval of the following resolutions:
1. Regarding Sanctuary Laws for Transgender Students
2. To Increase the Maximum Balance Allowed by the Special Education Reserve Fund
3. Membership of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
4. Preserving Local Governance of Massachusetts Schools
5. Personal Financial Literacy Education
6. Establishment of a Regional School Assessment Reserve Fund
E. Redistricting Sub Committee
I recommend the establishment of a “Redistricting Advisory Committee” to the School Committee as discussed.

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 your September 27, 2022 School Committee meeting as detailed.
B. Music Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $225.00 from the Franklin Music Boosters for in-house enrichment as detailed.
C. Keller Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $1100.00 from the Keller PCC for field trips as detailed.

VII. Citizen’s Comments

VIII. New Business
To discuss any future agenda items

IX Adjournment

Meeting agenda doc with remote connection info

Meeting packet folder

Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting Agenda for Oct 11, 2022
Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting Agenda for Oct 11, 2022

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Superintendent Letter to Families - 09/16/22

Sep 16, 2022

Dear Franklin Families,

I hope this letter finds you well. It has been a busy few weeks as we opened Franklin Public Schools for our 2022-23 academic year. We welcomed back 4,695 students and over 800 faculty and staff members! The preparation and effort put forward by our staff to ensure a successful opening required a dedication that necessitated hard work, stamina, and a commitment to our students that I recognize and value. I wanted to express my deep gratitude to all of our leaders and staff members. Schools are the heartbeat of a community. I am beyond proud to be leading this district.

Instead of sending multiple individual messages, I wanted to share five key updates, which you can find below. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Respectfully,

Lucas Giguere
Superintendent of Schools
Superintendent Letter to Families - 09/16/22
Superintendent Letter to Families - 09/16/22



Yes, this is a week old and after meeting with Lucas this week, plans are underway to improve communications from the School District on multiple fronts.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Franklin School Cmte: Policy Subcommittee Meeting - Sep 28 at 6 PM

FRANKLIN SCHOOL COMMITTEE
Policy Subcommittee Meeting
DATE:9/28/2022 TIME: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Location: 3rd Floor Municipal Building – 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.”
I. Distribution of Approved Policies
A. AC - Nondiscrimination
B. ACAB - Harassment Including Sexual Harassment
C. ADC - Tobacco Products on School Premises Prohibited
D. EB - Safety Program

II. Discussion of Policies sent to School Committee
A. none

III. Policy Revisions & New Policies - New Discussion Item
A. JICH, Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Use by Students Prohibited
B. JLCDD - Managing Life Threatening Food Allergies
C. JLCDD-E - Protocols and Guidelines for Managing Life Threatening Food Allergies
D. JJEA - Crowdfunding Policy
E. JJE - Student Fundraising Activities
F. JJF - Student Activity Accounts
G. JJF-R - Student Activity Accounts
H. Continued Review of E Policies


Franklin School Cmte:  Policy Subcommittee Meeting - Sep 28 at 6 PM
Franklin School Cmte:  Policy Subcommittee Meeting - Sep 28 at 6 PM


Saturday, September 10, 2022

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Meeting Agenda - Sep 13, 2022

School Committee - Meeting Agenda

Municipal Building - Council Chambers (Virtual Link in Agenda)


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. DLI Presentation
III. Discussion/Action Items
A. Policy Second Readings/Adoption
I recommend adoption of the following policies as discussed: 
  • ADC – Tobacco Products on School Premises Prohibited 
  • AC - Nondiscrimination
  • ACAB - Harassment Including Sexual Harassment
B. Elimination of Policies
I recommend eliminating the following Policies as discussed:
  • ACAB-RI - Grievance Procedure for Complaints of Harassment and Discrimination
  • ACAB-R2 - Grievance Procedure for Complaints of Sexual Harassment under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
IV. Discussion Only Items
  • A. New Superintendent Induction Program Introduction & Transition Plan – Dr. Michael Sullivan
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 August 23, 2022 School Committee meeting as detailed.
B. Keller Gift
  • I recommend acceptance of a check for $449.71 from O’Connor Portraiture for in-house enrichment as detailed.
VII. Citizen’s Comments
VIII. New Business
To discuss any future agenda items
IX. Adjournment
Franklin, MA: School Committee - Meeting Agenda - Sep 13, 2022
Franklin, MA: School Committee - Meeting Agenda - Sep 13, 2022

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Franklin School Committee: Policy Subcommittee meeting - Sep 7 at 6:00 PM

FRANKLIN SCHOOL COMMITTEE
Policy Subcommittee Meeting
DATE:9/7/2022 TIME: 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Location: 3rd Floor Municipal Building – 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.”
I. Distribution of Approved Policies
A. Other previously approved policies for manuals
II. Discussion of Policies sent to School Committee
A. AC - Nondiscrimination
B. ACAB - Harassment
C. ADC - No Smoking Policy
III. Policy Revisions & New Policies - New Discussion Item
A. ACAB-R1- Grievance Procedure for Complaints of Harassment and Discrimination
B. ACAB-R2 - Grievance Procedure for Complaints of Sexual Harassment Under Title IX of the
Education Amendments of 1972
C. Continued Review of E Policies

Agenda doc with remote access info -> 

Franklin School Committee: Policy Subcommittee meeting - Sep 7 at 6:00 PM
Franklin School Committee: Policy Subcommittee meeting - Sep 7 at 6:00 PM