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Showing posts with label residence. Show all posts

Monday, January 23, 2023

Register O'Donnell Reports on 2022 Annual Real Estate Activity in Norfolk County

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell reported that Norfolk County recordings for 2022 indicate a shifting real estate market, where the year started off strong and ended with significant drops in mortgage activity and average property sale price as compared to 2021.

 

In 2022, there were 130,051 documents recorded at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, a 33% decrease from 2021.

 

"The real estate market is feeling the effects of inflation and steadily rising interest rates, which is limiting how much money customers can save," said Register O'Donnell. "The total number of documents is much lower in 2022 than it was in 2021, but the change from month to month is less pronounced. The number of recorded deeds, which is one measure of document volume, shows a drop in real estate sales from the previous year."

 

Average Annual Sale Price Commercial-Residential
Average Annual Sale Price Commercial-Residential

The number of deeds for 2022, which reflect real estate sales and transfers, both commercial and residential, was 17,398—a decrease of 17% from 2021.

 

Sale prices for 2022 appear to have increased slightly compared to 2021. The average sale price for all of Norfolk County, both commercial and residential, this year was $1,173,256, a 10% increase from 2021. However, the total dollar volume of commercial and residential sales is down, decreasing 10% from one year ago.

 

"With the average sales price showing increases for the year as a whole and the total volume of sales decreasing, indicates that in 2022 there were fewer homes being sold, but at a higher price," said Register O'Donnell.

 

Total Number of Deeds Recorded in 2022 for Norfolk County
Total Number of Deeds Recorded in 2022 for Norfolk County

According to numbers from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the median interest rate of a 30-year fixed-rate conventional loan started at 4.14% in January 2022 and grew to 6.61% by December 2022, a more than 63% increase.

 

"The increasing cost of living and rising interest rates that the country is currently experiencing have an effect on the local real estate market," noted O'Donnell. "With interest rates more than double what there were at the start of 2022, consumers appear to be less inclined to borrow, and the decline in average sales prices suggests sellers are lowering pricing to compensate,"

 

Overall lending activity showed a continued downward trend. A total of 23,265 mortgages were recorded at the Registry in 2022, 50% fewer than a year earlier.

 

"This year, month to month, the registry figures show significant increases in the number of pending foreclosures, with as many as 40 in one month," said O'Donnell.

 

Total Numbers of Foreclosure Deeds & Notices to Foreclose
Total Numbers of Foreclosure Deeds & Notices to Foreclose

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds has been closely monitoring the foreclosure market. In 2022, there were 68 foreclosure deeds recorded as a result of mortgage foreclosures taking place in Norfolk County, whereas in 2021 there were 52 recorded. However, in 2022, there were 308 notices to foreclose, the first step in the foreclosure process, significantly more than the 141 recorded in December of 2021.

 

"The substantial increase in the number of notices to foreclose is troubling. This suggests that more of our neighbors may have financial difficulties in the future," said O'Donnell. "We have seen this number more than double this year and will continue to monitor these figures in 2023."

 

For the past several years, the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds has partnered with Quincy Community Action Programs (617-479-8181 x376) and NeighborWorks Housing Solutions (508-587-0950) to help anyone facing challenges paying their mortgage. Another option for homeowners is to contact the Massachusetts Attorney General's Consumer Advocacy and Response Division (CARD) at 617-727-8400.

 

"If you are having difficulty paying your monthly mortgage, please consider contacting one of these non-profit agencies for help and guidance," said Register O'Donnell.

 

Register O'Donnell concluded, "Inflation in the US has been increasing since mid-2021, and it hit a 40-year high exceeding 8% in September 2022. The Federal Reserve raised interest rates many times in 2022 in an effort to slow the rise in inflation. As a result, borrowing money now costs more. This year, mortgage rates have doubled, which has led some buyers to pause their home searches, and, on average, fewer offers are being made to sellers."

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, "like" us on Facebook at facebook.com/norfolkdeeds. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @norfolkdeeds.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High St., Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities, and others with a need for secure, accurate, and accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry's website, www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101 or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org.

 

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Finance Committee hears of the assessment process which accounts for about 60% of the Town of Franklin revenue (audio)

FM #867 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 867 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the Finance Committee meeting held on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2022. 


The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: 6 members of the Finance Committee were in the Council Chambers along with some of the public, 1 member was remote along with some members the public via conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period. 


The primary discussion was with Kevin Doyle, Assessor and Chris Feeley, Chair of the Board of assessors as the assessment process was covered at a high level. How are residential homes assessed? How are commercial/industrial properties assessed? 


Interesting fact, the assessment process produces about 60% of the Town of Franklin revenue.


The meeting recording runs about seventy minutes, so let’s listen to the Finance Committee meeting Oct 26, 2022.


Audio file ->  https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-867-franklin-ma-finance-cmte-mtg-10-26-22


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Meeting agenda document ->   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/10-26-22_finance_committee_meeting.pdf

 

My notes ->   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qvpZtcz3JE529S9wN1tkJJ3FB9w92B8N/view?usp=sharing


Link to Finance Committee => https://www.franklinma.gov/finance-committee 


YouTube recording =>  https://youtu.be/OaibaQ9dOBk 



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Finance Committee hears of the assessment process which accounts for about 60% of the Town of Franklin revenue (audio)
Finance Committee hears of the assessment process which accounts for about 60% of the Town of Franklin revenue (audio)

Saturday, July 17, 2021

02038.com: "Home Prices Skyrocket In 2021"

"The median sale price of homes in Franklin, MA rose an extraordinary 27% in the first half of 2021, compared to 2020’s first-half median. That’s over a $120K increase in just one year!

At $585,000, the median sale price of single-family homes in Franklin, Massachusetts currently stands 19% above its prior all-time high of $489,900, set back in 2018.

It was a similar story for the overall real estate in Massachusetts: the median home sale price in the Bay State jumped 21% in the first half of the year."

Continue reading the update from Warren Reynolds
https://02038.com/2021/07/home-prices-skyrocket-in-2021/ 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Amy Adams selected as Artist In Residence for Natick Center Cultural District

Amy Adams was part of a recent Franklin Matters Radio episode. She shares some good news:
"I was selected as the first Artist In Residence for Natick Center Cultural District in Massachusetts. It will be focused on social justice and four interrelated principals: equity, access, participation, and rights. I am overwhelmed with excitement and joy for the opportunity to include the community in using art as a tool to enhance how we share messages in our work. I am grateful and I cannot wait to share in this journey"

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Boston will soon allow ‘retail residential kitchens’ - maybe something Franklin could consider?

"Boston food entrepreneurs will get a boost beginning on Friday, April 30, when a retail residential kitchens ordinance goes into effect. This allows home cooks to prepare shelf-stable foods in their homes for resale at farmers’ markets, online, and through the mail. They can make up to $25,000 per year.

Boston City Councilor at Large Julia Mejia introduced the ordinance after a conversation with Andree Entezari, who had relocated to Boston from Los Angeles, where he ran a fruit leather business from home. He wanted to do the same here.

“This is a way to test products that aren’t cost-prohibitive,” he said. “Working out of your home reduces start-up costs and engages you in your local community. It allows you to meet others in a special way, through food.”
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Monday, April 8, 2019

Planning Board - Public Hearings scheduled for April 22

Planning Board - Public Hearing - Apr 22 - "Maple Hill"
"In accordance with the Town of Franklin Zoning By-Laws, the Franklin Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 7:30 PM in the Town Council Chambers of the Franklin Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street, for a Preliminary Subdivision Plan application titled "Maple Hill" prepared by Bay Colony Group, Inc., dated January 15, 2019 and submitted to the Department of Planning & Community Development on March 25, 2019, by Canoll Construction Corp., PO Box 395, Foxborough, MA. 
The site is located at 469 and 441 Maple Street Rural Residential H Zoning District (Assessor's Map 234, Lot 012, Map 235 Lot 142 & Map 242, Lot 027). The applicant is proposing to construct fifty-eight (58) single family residential building lots, with access from Bridle Path and Kimberlee Ave. A Conventional Subdivision and Open Space Development plans have been submitted."
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/agendas/public_hearing_notice_maple_hill.pdf


Planning Board - Public Hearing - Apr 22 - "Highland Village"
"In accordance with the Town of Franklin Zoning By-Laws, the Franklin Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 7:05 PM in the Town Council Chambers of the Franklin Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street, for a Preliminary Subdivision application. titled "Preliminary Subdivision Plan Highland Village, West Central Street" prepared by Gueniere & Halnon, Franklin, MA, dated March 8, 2019 and submitted to the Department of Planning & Community Development on March 11, 2019, by Joel D'Errico, 72 Deer View Way, Franklin, MA 02038. 
The site is located on West Central Street consisting of three parcels of land in separate ownership in the General Residential V Zoning District (Assessor's Map 278, Lots 31, 32 & 35). The applicant is proposing to construct a four (4) lot subdivision with a roadway and sidewalks."
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/agendas/public_hearing_notice_west_central.pdf

Planning Board - Public Hearing - Apr 22 - "Highland Village"
Planning Board - Public Hearing - Apr 22 - "Highland Village"


Planning Board - Public Hearing - Apr 22 - "79 Grove St"
"In accordance with the Town of Franklin Zoning By-Laws, the Franklin Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 7:10 PM in the Town Council Chambers of the Franklin Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street, for a Special Permit & Site Plan Modification application titled "Change of Use Plan and Special Permit for 79 Grove Street, Franklin Massachusetts" and submitted to the Franklin Department of Planning & Community Development on March 18, 2019 by Patrick Weidman, 79 Grove Street, Franklin, MA 02038. 
The site is located at 79 Grove Street in the Industrial Zoning District (Assessors Map 289, Lot 001). The purpose of the Special Permit is to grant a change in use under Chapter 185 Attachment 3, Use Regulation Part II 2.7 (c) to allow the applicant to operate an auto and truck repair business with overnight storage of towed and damage vehicles within an Industrial Zone for the entire building (9,600 sq/ft)."
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/agendas/public_hearing_notice_79_grove_st.pdf

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Public Hearings for (1) new hotel and (2) a 53 unit residential development

The Planning Board meeting scheduled for Nov 19, 2018 has two public hearings of note. One for a new hotel on Union St and one for a 53 unit residential development off of Prospect St. 


New hotel - 725 Union St:


In accordance with the Town of Franklin Zoning By-Laws, the Franklin Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 7:20 PM in the Town Council Chambers of the Franklin Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street, for a Special Permit and Site Plan application titled "Proposed Hotel, 725 Union Street" Franklin, MA prepared by JK Holmgren Engineering, Inc., Brockton, MA., and submitted to the Department of Planning and Community Development on October 5, 2018, by 4 SQ Development LLC, 83 Hartwell Ave, Lexington, MA. 
The property is located in the Commercial Il Zoning District (Assessors Map 314 Lot 016) at 725 Union Street. The applicant is proposing to construct a 58,248 sq/ft building consisting of four (4) stories, 100 room hotel building. 
The applicant is requesting two (2) Special Permits, 
  • one for Building height of up to fifty (50) feet under the Chapter 185 Attachment 9, Maximum Height of Building 
  • and the second for Chapter 185 Attachment 3, Hotel Use.
http://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/agendas/public_hearing_notice_26.pdf

 Residential Development - 215 Prospect St:


In accordance with the Town of Franklin Zoning By-Laws, the Franklin Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 7:25 PM in the Town Council Chambers of the Franklin Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street, for a Preliminary Subdivision Plan application titled "Prospect Farms" prepared by Andrews Survey and Engineering, Uxbridge, MA., dated Octobei• 29, 2018 and submitted to the Department of Planning and Community Development on October 29, 2018, by Maddi North Street Development LLC, Franklin, MA. 
The site is located at 215 Prospect Street and 4 Nicholas Drive in the Rural Residential I Zoning District (Assessor's Map 325, Lot 003 and Map 326, Lot 36). 
The applicant is proposing to construct fifty-three (53) single family residential building lots along with approximately 6,650 linear feet of new roadway.
http://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/agendas/public_hearing_notice_27.pdf

Public Hearings for (1) new hotel and (2) a 53 unit residential development
Public Hearings for (1) new hotel and (2) a 53 unit residential development

Friday, January 12, 2018

In the News: Session on how government works scheduled; NationalGrid changing rate request

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"A small group of dedicated residents is holding a community meeting they’re calling “Franklin Town Government 101.” 
The goal of the get-together is to field questions about how local government ticks, how residents can access more information, and how to have their voices heard. 
The first of what is expected to be multiple meetings will occur on Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Franklin Public Library, with a snow date of Feb. 3. 
Co-organizer and father of newly-elected town council member Eamon Earls, Alan Earls, said he’s not looking to kick up dust with town officials, but rather hopes to further unite them with their residents. 
“We don’t want it to be an ‘us versus them’ thing at all,” he said. “I realize (town officials) also have a really big challenge in working with the town, because many of us don’t know a lot of what happens, and how it works.”


Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180111/franklin-meeting-to-share-with-residents-how-local-government-works


"National Grid will seek a smaller rate hike in Massachusetts than it originally requested, the utility company said Thursday, citing the benefit of the recent federal tax reform bill. 
The company announced that it will reduce its proposed rate hike for Bay Staters by $36 million -- from a total increase of $87 million to $51 million --due to unexpected savings the company is now expecting to see as a result of the federal corporate tax rate dropping from 35 percent to 21 percent. 
“We are committed to ensuring that the tax savings of the legislation are fully realized and are used to help our customers in their energy bills,” Cordi O’Hara, president and COO of National Grid in Massachusetts, said in a statement. “We’ll continue to seek opportunities to provide this benefit to all of our customers.” 
National Grid said it does not yet know exactly how the changed proposed rates will affect customers’ bills, but did say the change will “result in smaller impacts than originally proposed and will vary across rate classes and customer usage.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180111/citing-tax-law-national-grid-reduces-rate-hike-request

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Voices of Franklin: Sarah Mabardy on the proposal for Summer St rezoning

Dear Town Council,

As a Franklin resident, I am reaching out to express my opposition to the proposed zoning changes for the Summer Street property. While I appreciate a private land owner's desire to maximize personal gain from privately owned land, it is my opinion that the Franklin Town Council and Planning Board should not be complicit in making opportunistic changes that directly contradict the Franklin Master Plan and compromise Franklin's finite resources and infrastructure.

As outlined in Jeff Nutting's letter to council in October 2016 in response to this very subject, there are over 800+ units proposed in Franklin in the not so distant future. Administrator Nutting asks "Does the Town Council want to maintain the zoning plan adopted in the Master Plan or make changes to the plan?" I would amend this question to ask 'Does the Town Council represent the residents of Franklin in their desire to maintain the zoning plan adopted in the Master Plan or make changes to the plan?'

Please take this opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to serving the entire Franklin community in your role as an elected Town Councilor.

Thank you sincerely for your service and for your commitment to our city.

Sarah Mabardy
resident


The Jeff Nutting letter referred to:
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2016/10/jeff-nuttings-letter-to-town-council.html

Sarah's letter was shared from Facebook with her permission
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1551606135109407/permalink/1864863610450323/


The recap of the Residential 7 zoning was covered in a 5 part Special Series published earlier this year


Part 1

Part 2

Part 3
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2017/01/part-3-residential-vii-processing.html


Part 4
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2017/01/part-4-following-residential-vii-bylaw.html


Part 5
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2017/01/part-5-full-residential-vii-timeline.html

Cook's Farm is being built  on RT 140 as the first Residential VII development in Franklin
Cook's Farm is being built  on RT 140 as the first Residential VII development in Franklin

Monday, October 17, 2016

Franklin Town Council to consider proposal for Rural 7 zoning expansion

The Town Council has a rather full agenda scheduled for the meeting on Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016. The public hearing for the proposed "rural business zone" is scheduled. There are 6 separate bylaw amendments that need to be consider together to put this proposal in effect.

The documents for the rural business zone can be summarized here
http://town.franklin.ma.us/Pages/FranklinMA_Council/October%2019,%202016/Hearing.pdf

and found here http://franklin.ma.us/Pages/FranklinMA_News/024F90D5-000F8513


Also on the agenda for the meeting is a discussion on a proposal to rezone a parcel along Summer St from R 1 to R 7. The proposal would enable the property to be developed for four times the units allowed for R 1. The proposal would also require approval for a sewer extension.

The proposal documents outline the current buildings under construction and the 800+ units already approved to build.
  • The associated documents for this Town Council discussion item

http://town.franklin.ma.us/Pages/FranklinMA_Council/October%2019,%202016/R7%20HANDOUTS%201%20AND%202.pdf


  • The 2013 Master Plan as referenced can be found here

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0wjbnXDBhczRVFxM1hsemUzb2c/view?usp=sharing

The Cook's Farm development which was approved as the initial R 7 development
The Cook's Farm development which was approved as the initial R 7 development

The Cook's Farm development which was approved as the initial R 7 development. Located at the entrance to Franklin on RT 140 coming in from Norfolk near the Franklin Country Club.


  • The full Town Council agenda can be found here

http://www.franklinmatters.org/2016/10/franklin-ma-town-council-agenda-oct-19.html


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Walking Franklin in the Snow

As many of you know I spend time on the weekends walking around Franklin, "Reporting by walking around." With 43" os snow deposited in such a short period of time, the range of my walks has been challenged. Yesterday, I did get to venture a good deal in and around downtown testing the sidewalk status. As shown in the sample photos here, the status of the sidewalks varies greatly.

Some sidewalks are cleared by the DPW, some by the residents or business owners, some not at all.

I'll need to do some research in the Town bylaws to find out what if anything is said about clearning sidewalks. I recall there is a policy against putting snow into the streets. For some of the businesses on Main St, they don't have much of an option for where to put the snow, other than to pile it further on the sidewalk. Doing so creates a narrow path way restricting handicap access, nevemind making it more challenging for people to walk together.

Main St in front of the Depot Building
Main St in front of the Depot Building

Dean St on the side of Dean Bank
Dean St on the side of Dean Bank

Main St in front of Dean College
Main St in front of Dean College

Along the side of St Mary's on Daniel McCahill Way (leading to Oak St)
Along the side of St Mary's on Daniel McCahill Way (leading to Oak St)

Oak St, along the side of the parking lot for the Oak St/Horace Mann school complex
Oak St, along the side of the parking lot for the Oak St/Horace Mann school complex

Oak St, parking lot entrance to Oak St/Horace Mann and Franklin High School
Oak St, parking lot entrance to Oak St/Horace Mann and Franklin High School

RT 140 in front of Akin Bak
RT 140 in front of Akin Bak

Monday, June 23, 2014

Should a nursing facility be located in a residential area?

From a reader:
I love your emails. I was wondering if you could help spread the word about the Athena Health proposed 138-bed nursing facility at 864 Lincoln St. 
The location is currently a residential rural zone 1, the faculty would need a zoning ordinance to proceed. 
Only those with property touching the proposed site were notified of the meeting.

agenda item - Athena Health
agenda item - Athena Health


The Zoning Board of Appeals agendas can be found here
http://town.franklin.ma.us/Pages/FranklinMA_ZBAAgendas/Agendas%202014/


The video of the meeting is not yet available for replay. If someone knows what occurred at the meeting, please let me know.

Update:
I did go to the meeting.
Many voiced opposing opinions.
The board continued until July 24 at 7:30.
They requested a full traffic study be done on Lincoln St.
The fire chief sent a memo but was not in attendance. The memo opposed the building permit as it would put addition strain on the Emergency Response which would affect all residence. He also cited poor response times for that area of Franklin would put home residents at at potential risk.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Regent Circle Petition

The petition as presented tonight by the residents of Regent Circle




They presented their petition during the Citizens Comments
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2013/04/live-reporting-town-council-apr-3-2013.html

and stuck around for the discussion during New Business
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2013/04/live-reporting-closing.html

The road condition report as referenced was published earlier this year
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2013/01/franklin-road-conditions-from-worst-to.html

Friday, September 12, 2008

In the New - author in residence, senior residence assistance

FRANKLIN -

Jed Horne, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and former editor of the Times Picayune (New Orleans) will be the author in residence at Dean College.

Horne, author of the book "Breach of Faith," will read, present and sign copies of his book at a community event on Wednesday, Sept. 24, starting at 7 p.m., in the College’s Campus Center.
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The event is sponsored by Dean College’s Student Government Association.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here

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GHS
Posted Sep 11, 2008 @ 10:01 AM

FRANKLIN —

For the past two years, resident Ron Higginbottom and Town Councilor Joseph McGann have been making life at home safer for more than 100 Franklin seniors.

Every time the Senior Center's nurse inspects an elderly resident's home to prevent falls and finds a lack of grab bars in the bathroom, Higginbottom and McGann volunteer to install one there, said Senior Center Director Karen Alves.

As part of the center's Safe and Secure at Home program, the nurse visits seniors' homes and conducts risk assessments for falls, she said.

"Statistics say that for a lot of seniors, when they take a fall, it's usually a hospital visit or death (that results). Typically, they'll break a hip, which leads to a nursing home," Alves said.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here

For a picture of Ron Higgenbottom's Town Council Proclamation, look here

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Q & A 3 - responses continued by Doak, Cafasso (audio)

From the Franklin Override Information Forum coordinated by the Joint Parent Communication Councils and held on Wednesday, 5/28/08.

A - Doak, picking up on another comment to increase the revenues. We get get a good deal from the industrial and retail establishments. We have tried to foster commercial and industrial growth with smart policies. Council has encouraged good growth over the years and is looking to continue that so the residential taxpayers don't take the whole burden.

A - Cafasso, the school department has made cuts over the years to protect the classroom and to be as efficient as possible.

Time: 3 minutes, 15 seconds



MP3 File

For reference, the Franklin School Departments budget reductions over the years from 2002 to 2009 can be found here

Monday, April 7, 2008

Franklin School Committee Meeting Agenda 4/8/08

AGENDA

Call to order Mr. Roy

Pledge of Allegiance

Moment of Silence

  1. Routine Business

  • Citizen’s Comments

  • Review of Agenda

  • Minutes:

I recommend approval of the minutes from the March 25, 2008 School Committee Meeting.

  • Payment of Bills Mr. Kelly

  • Payroll Ms. Armenio

  • FHS Student Representatives

  • Correspondence:

    1. Budget to Actual

    2. Letter from Representative James Vallee regarding Portable Classrooms

  1. Guests/Presentations:

    1. Prudential Spirit of Community Award Honoring Remington Middle School student

    2. Remington 6th Grade Project Report

    3. Signing of the Educational Support Personnel (ESP) Contract

  1. Discussion Only Items

  • School Choice for 2008-2009 school year

  • 2009-2010 School Calendar

  • Second Reading of Policy JEA Entrance Age

  • Second Reading of Policy JFAA-R Residency

  • FY 2009 Budget – FinCom and Council presentations

  • FHS Building Project & Building Committee

  1. Action Items:

  1. I recommend approval of the FY 2009 budget at the level service amount of (7.4%) $58,687,804.

  2. I recommend approval of continuing the School Choice Program for the 2008-2009 school year.

  3. I recommend approval of the 2009-2010 School Calendar

  4. I recommend adoption of Policy JEA Entrance Age

  5. I recommend adoption of Policy JFAA-R Residency

  6. I recommend acceptance of a check for $800.00 for a portable washing station for the Davis Thayer art teachers from the Davis Thayer PCC

  7. I recommend acceptance of a check for $35.72 from Follett Educational Services for surplus books for the Parmenter gift account.

  8. I recommend acceptance of a check for $2625.00 from the Annie Sullivan PCC for the 7th grade field trip to McAuliffe Center.

  9. I recommend acceptance of a check for $154.83 from Target for 8th grade field trip to YMCA in Hopkinton, MA.

  10. I recommend acceptance of a check for $198.00 from the Davis Thayer PCC for library books for DT.

  11. I recommend approval of the request of FHS for the Track Team to participate in the Penn Relays from 4/23 to 4/25/08 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Mt. Laurel New Jersey.

  12. I recommend approval of the request of FHS for the Football Team to participate in the Athletic Program & Retreat at Camp Cobbossee in Winthrop, ME from 8/21 to 8/24/08.

  13. I recommend approval of the request of Keller Elementary School for the 5th grade class trip to Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI on 5/2/08.

  1. Information Matters:

  • Superintendent’s Report

    1. School Choice 2008-2009

    2. School Calendar for 2009-2010

    3. Enrollment Comparison for 3-30-07 and 3-28-08

    4. Consolidation

    5. Online Courses

  • School Committee Sub-Committee Reports

  • School Committee Liaison Reports

  1. New Business:

  • To discuss future business that may be brought before the School Committee.

  1. Executive Session

  • Contractual Negotiations – FEA side letters and early retirement

  1. Adjourn

Saturday, March 29, 2008

1st Reading: Residence Policy revision (audio)

The Franklin School Committee considers a revision to the current residence policy and moves the revision to a 2nd reading. A copy of the draft is available here.

Time: 9 minutes, 0 seconds



MP3 File