Showing posts with label resolution. Show all posts
Showing posts with label resolution. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Change the Mass Flag informational meeting scheduled for Jun 21 - 7 PM

Join us at a Change the Mass Flag informational meeting being led by David Detmold at 7 PM on June 21, 2022 at the Franklin Public Library.  

Steve Derdiarian and I, both Franklin residents, will be joining David as we work toward adoption of a Resolution Supporting changes to the commonwealth of Massachusetts Flag, Seal, and Motto, by the Franklin Town Council.

We are currently preparing to present this Resolution in Support of Changing the MA Flag to Franklin Town Council by providing education about the history of the development of the current Flag, Seal, and Motto, and of the efforts to create a flag and seal that stands for peace, justice, equality, and inclusion.    We are also acquiring Franklin resident signatures on a petition in support of the changes.  

Below are websites that provide more background information:

https://vimeo.com/715680582         

changethemassflag.com

 

Thank you, 

Kathy Trefethen  781-789-9974

Stephen Derdiarian 


Download a copy of the flyer for the event at the Library:   https://drive.google.com/file/d/15Yn1C3OK4z-c4zhlVbEgMmKZJJJWvpVm/view?usp=sharing


Note: there is a Special Commission chartered at the state level to do this. they have a virtual hearing June 7th  https://malegislature.gov/Commissions/Detail/565/Hearings

Commonwealth of MA state seal
Commonwealth of MA state seal

Friday, May 27, 2022

Franklin, MA School Committee hears District Improvement Plan updates, recognizes 19 retirees (audio)

FM #803 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 803 in the series. 

This session of the radio show is the audio recording of the Franklin, MA School Committee meeting conducted on Tuesday, Sep 24, 2022. All seven members of the committee were present. After the set of retiree recognitions, the meeting took a break and then resumed. 

The recording runs about 2 hours and 27 minutes, so let’s listen in.

 Audio link -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-803-school-committee-mtg-05-24-22

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Agenda document ->   https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/scagenda_5-24-22.pdf

 

Meeting packet folder with documents released for this meeting ->   https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/pages/may-24-2022-school-committee-meeting-packet

Franklin TV YouTube video ->    https://youtu.be/gP5hyu8WZ3I

My notes via Twitter -> https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pO0ZkELeiMwFcz4sZg_NGLfujYDkmuo-/view?usp=sharing 

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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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Tuesday, November 9, 2021

MASC-School Committee Resolutions all passed at the conference

The 9 MASC resolutions discussed at the last School Committee meeting were all approved at the MASC conference held recently.


Via Denise Spencer, Franklin School Committee, and MASC representative tweeted on Saturday, Nov 6, 2021:

Nothing I would rather be doing today than representing @FranklinPSNews at the annual MASC Delegate Conference. Thank you @MASCSchoolComm for the hybrid method this year!  #MASCMASS21   https://twitter.com/DSpencerFSC/status/1456975802990354437 


D Spencer remotely participating in MASC Conference
D Spencer remotely participating in MASC Conference



The MASC twitter account posted the following updates on the resolutions:

Resolution 9, supporting Senate bill 294, which calls for regulations prohibiting the use of Native American mascots, passes the Delegate Assembly (note following:)

https://twitter.com/MASCSchoolComm/status/1456997554537775105 


Resolution 9, supporting Senate bill 294
Resolution 9, supporting Senate bill 294

Resolution 8 supporting petitioning Congress for $30B to improve the electrical supply infrastructure and providing electric school buses and charging stations passes the Delegate Assembly https://twitter.com/MASCSchoolComm/status/1456994055905218565 


Resolution 5 supporting legislation encouraging “the use of restorative, therapeutic and educational approaches to incidents whenever possible over the use of zero-tolerance policies” passes the Delegate Assembly  https://twitter.com/MASCSchoolComm/status/1456989004126117888 


Resolution 4 supporting 20 minutes of recess which cannot be excluded from the structured learning time and cannot increase the total number of hours required in the school year passes the Delegate Assembly

https://twitter.com/MASCSchoolComm/status/1456985996575260673 


Resolution 2 supporting legislation for free broadband for preK (amended from K)-12 students and further support federal initiatives and legislation expanding such access passes the Delegate Assembly

https://twitter.com/MASCSchoolComm/status/1456984455499898883


Resolution 1 calling for dedicated funding for school-based health clinics passes the MASC Delegate Assembly  https://twitter.com/MASCSchoolComm/status/1456984032370171905 


Passed without further deliberation by the 2021 MASC Delegate Assembly:

Resolution 3, calling for full funding of IDEA

https://twitter.com/MASCSchoolComm/status/1456981114321522693 


Resolution 6, calling for a commission to research and analyze for an alternative to MCAS 

Resolution 7, calling for restoration of school committee oversight in receivership districts

https://twitter.com/MASCSchoolComm/status/1456981115550457857 



Wednesday, July 15, 2020

FM #314 School Committee Anti-Racism Resolution Discussion 7/14/20 (audio)

FM #314 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 314 in the series.

This session shares the discussion around the anti-racism resolution on the agenda of the Franklin, MA School Committee meeting held on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. The meeting was conducted via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda and reference documents.

The statement runs just about 33 minutes, so let’s listen to discussion from the School Committee meeting on July 14.

Audio file = https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HrB6lq3K



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School Committee agenda
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2020/07/franklin-ma-school-committee-agenda.html

School Committee meeting packet
https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/pages/july-14-2020-school-committee-meeting-packet

Resolution link
https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/files/disc-action-c-resolution-anti-racism

My real time reporting via Twitter summarized
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2020/07/school-committee-recap-anti-racism.html

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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
  • If you don't like something here, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/
If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!
------------------

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

FM #314 School Committee Anti-Racism Resolution Discussion 7/14/20 (audio)
FM #314 School Committee Anti-Racism Resolution Discussion 7/14/20 (audio)

Sunday, March 8, 2020

In the News: Firefighters serve seniors traditional Irish meal; some residents don't like the civil discourse pledge

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

"St. Patrick’s Day came early to the Franklin Senior Center on Friday, as members of the Fire Department spent lunchtime serving plates of corned beef and cabbage, with potatoes and carrots, to a few dozen seniors.

Although the Lenten season has begun, Catholics in the group had no need to worry about enjoying the classic St. Patty’s day meal instead of sticking with fish and vegetables.

Firefighters had that covered.

“Maybe next year we’ll try not to plan it on a Friday during Lent,” said firefighter/paramedic Doug Perro, going on to quip, “However, we talked to Father Brian (Manning, of the Parish of St. Mary), so you get a special dispensation ... if you’re over 59.”
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20200307/franklin-firefighters-dish-up-new-tradition/1

"That’s what the Franklin Fire Department is all about."
"That’s what the Franklin Fire Department is all about."

"A civil discourse pledge has upset dozens of residents who say the Town Council is targeting free speech rights when it comes to their – and certain councilors’ – online activity. One resident has even suggested it’s a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

While the proposed pledge originally stated that a councilor’s participation on certain social media channels could violate the Massachusetts’ Open Meeting Law statute, a crowded meeting room applauded as council Chairman Tom Mercer suggested a slight amendment to the pledge toward the end of Wednesday’s meeting.

On Wednesday, councilors approved the Civil Discourse Pledge, Resolution 20-14, which was originally drafted by Town Administrator Jaime Hellen and the Town Council. The resolution follows a series of related administrative actions, starting in 2018 with harassment training for all municipal employees, said Hellen in a memorandum dated Feb. 7.

Designed as an aspiration for the town to make everyone in the community feel welcome, the amended resolution was approved, 6-2-1. Councilors Andrew Bissanti and Eamon McCarthy Earls were opposed, and Matt Kelly abstained."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20200307/civil-discourse-resolution-riles-some-franklin-residents

The audio file for the citizen comments and the civil discourse discussion can be found here  https://www.franklinmatters.org/2020/03/fm-218-town-council-citizen-comments.html


Monday, November 11, 2019

School Committee recap for Oct 29, 2019

Catching up to the 'last' set of school committee meeting notes that I had not yet posted. This set covers the Oct 29, 2019 session.

The Superintendent's report
https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/files/superintendents-report-10-29-19
 
There was recognition of the five committee members who were not running for re-election as this would be their last meeting. The two incumbents running for election were successfully re-elected so their 'recognition' event is postponed to some future date.

Kelty Kelly, Principal of the ECDC, previewed the "developmental summary" for the children at the center. This is an age and developmentally appropriate 'report card' for this age group.  The Developmental Summary
https://www.franklinps.net/sites/franklinmaps/files/uploads/_preschool_developmental_summary_final_10-18-19.pdf 


There was a long discussion over the multiple resolutions before the MASC conference where the committee also voted to appoint Chair Anne Bergen as their representative. This listing and details for the text for the resoluteness can be found in the packet   https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/files/disc-d-resolutions

The October 1 Enrollment Report was made available. This is a key piece of info as the Oct 1 report is the 'control' number for all schools for the year. Clearly, there are some minor move in and adjustments as the school year progresses but this the 'stake in the ground' for reporting purposes.  https://www.franklinps.net/sites/franklinmaps/files/uploads/enrollment_statistics_-_10-29-19_sc.pdf

With this meeting, the School Committee has also implemented for the first time, a practice that the Town Council has been using for some time: Actions Taken: https://www.franklinps.net/district/school-committee/news/october-29-2019-school-committee-actions-taken

 
Additional details can be found in my notes reported live during the meeting:
  • Live reporting: Discussion Only Items through to Closing.
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2019/10/live-reporting-discussion-only-items_29.html
  • Live Reporting: ECDC Developmental Summary and Discussion.
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2019/10/live-reporting-ecdc-developmental.html
  • Live reporting: School Committee - Oct 29, 2019
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2019/10/live-reporting-school-committee-oct-29.html
a photo from walking around the grey day that Oct 29 was in Franklin
a photo from walking around the grey day that Oct 29 was in Franklin

Monday, October 22, 2018

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Oct 23, 2018

Vision Statement
The Franklin Public Schools will foster within its students the knowledge and skills to find and achieve satisfaction in life as productive global citizens.

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.”

1. Routine Business
a. Review of Agenda
b. Citizen’s Comments
i. In the spirit of open communication, “the School Committee will hear public comment not related to an agenda item at the beginning of each regular School Committee Meeting. The Committee will listen to, but not respond to any comment made. A Committee member may add an agenda item to a future meeting as a result of a citizen comment” – from Policy BEDH
c. FHS Student Representative Comments
d. Superintendent’s Report

2. Guests / Presentations
a. none

3. Discussion / Action Items

a. Policy – Second Readings
I recommend adoption of the following policies:
i. JFABE – Education Opportunities for Military Children
ii. JFABF – Education Opportunities for Children in Foster Care
iii. BCA – School Committee Member Ethics

b. MASC Resolutions
I recommend adoption of the following MASC Resolutions as discussed:

  1. Rejecting the Arming of Educators
  2. On Small and Rural Districts
  3. Elimination of the Federal Department of Education
  4. Regional School Transportation
  5. Regarding Reporting and Accountability Standards
  6. Regarding Reproductive Health Education
  7. On Gender Identity Inclusive Athletic Participation Policy
  8. Relative to Sports Wagering
  9. Relative to Access to Information for Parents and Students Who Are Clients of Special Education
  10. Proposal to Amend the MASC By-Laws

View the MASC resolutions here
https://www.franklinps.net/sites/franklinmaps/files/uploads/discussion_actionb_-_masc_resolutions.pdf


4. Discussion Only Items
a. BICO Quarterly Information Update
b. Enrollment Data Update

5. Information Matters
a. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports (e.g. Budget; Community Relations; Policy; Transportation; Public Schools Advocacy; Ad Hoc Superintendent’s Evaluation)

b. School Committee Liaison Reports (e.g. Joint PCC; Substance Abuse Task Force; School Wellness Advisory Council [SWAC]; School Start Times Advisory Committee [SSTAC], MASC)

6. New Business
a. To discuss any future agenda items

7. Consent Agenda
a. Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from the September 25, 2018 School Committee meeting.
b. Executive Session Minutes
I recommend approval of the executive session minutes from your September 25, 2018 meeting to be released.
c. NYC Field Trip Request
I recommend approval of the recurring request of Diane Plouffe to take approximately 50 Middle School Chorus students to New York City to see “Once On This Island” on May 11, 2018 as detailed.
d. Parmenter Gift
I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $1,755.00 from the Parmenter PCC for field trips as detailed.
e. Music Gift
I recommend acceptance of the donation of $1,230.00 from various music parents for in-house enrichments as detailed.
f. JFK Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $725.00 from the JFK PCC for field trips
as detailed.
8. Payment of Bills - Dr. Bergen

9. Payroll - Mrs. Douglas

10. Correspondence
a. Budget to Actual – Miriam Goodman

11. Adjournment

The documents released for this meeting can be found on the Town of Franklin page
https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/pages/october-23-2018-school-committee-packet-documents

https://www.masc.org/
MASC resolutions

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

In the News: LED lighting proposal; review of foundation budget urged

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The Town Council may give its approval this week to a plan that would convert local streetlights to LED, improving energy efficiency and possibly saving the town money. 
A measure, which would authorize $650,000 in borrowing for the project, is on the council’s agenda Wednesday. 
The move, said Deputy Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, is being brought forth after the state Department of Energy Resources (DOER) began offering a 30-percent grant on labor and materials costs for such a project. 
If approved, Hellen said, the $650,000 amount would start several processes."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20170523/led-streetlights-possible-for-franklin



"The School Committee passed a resolution urging the state to change the way it calculates the foundation budget for school districts. 
The committee voted unanimously Tuesday night in favor of the resolution. 
The foundation budget is set by the state based on a formula, and determines the minimum amount a school district can spend on education. 
Committee member Denise Schultz brought the resolution to the committee’s attention."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20170523/franklin-school-committee-urges-budget-review

The link to the resolution text can be found here
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0wjbnXDBhczbVpCVVNxc3lxUk9OTGNWcFNUSGtWY2NENmJ3/view?usp=sharing

flowers added to the downtown areas from the weekend effort to beautify  Franklin by the Downtown Partnership and dozens of volunteers
flowers added to the downtown areas from the weekend effort to beautify
Franklin by the Downtown Partnership and dozens of volunteers

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Support of the People’s Rights Amendment

The appeal to the Citizens United decision is on the agenda for the Town Council meeting on Weds May 16, 2012. This video clip provides a quick summary:




This PDF provides a summary of a survey on this issue



You can get additional information on the website  http://freespeechforpeople.org/

or their Facebook page  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Speech-For-People/140474869352859


Page 17 starts the documents included in the Town Council agenda for Weds May 16
http://franklinma.virtualtownhall.net/Pages/FranklinMA_CouncilAgendas/2012%20docs/05162012.pdf

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Resolution 12-05

The text of the resolution for the Town Council to authorize the funding of the high school building project.

Resolution 12-05
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDERED that the Town Council of the Town of Franklin: appropriates the sum of one hundred four million, six hundred forty-nine thousand, eight hundred seventy-six dollars ($104,649,876) for the construction of a new Franklin High School to be located at 218 Oak Street, and for the payment of all other costs incidental and related thereto which school facility shall have an anticipated useful life as an educational facility for the instruction of school children for at least 50 years, said sum to be expended under the direction of the School Building Committee, and to meet said appropriation the Town Treasurer with the approval of the Town Administrator is authorized to borrow said sum under M.G.L. Chapter 44, or any other enabling authority; that the Town of Franklin acknowledges that the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s (“MSBA”) grant program is a non-entitlement, discretionary program based on need, as determined by the MSBA, and any project costs the Town of Franklin incurs in excess of any grant approved by and received from the MSBA shall be the sole responsibility of the Town of Franklin; provided further that any grant that the Town of Franklin may receive from the MSBA for the Project shall not exceed the lesser of (1) fifty-nine point fifty-two hundredths percent ( 59.52%) of eligible, approved project costs, as determined by the MSBA, or (2) the total maximum grant amount determined by the MSBA; provided that any appropriation hereunder shall be subject to and contingent upon an affirmative vote of the Town to exempt the amounts required for the payment of interest and principal on said borrowing from the limitations on taxes imposed by M.G.L. 59, Section 21C (Proposition 2½); and that the amount of borrowing authorized pursuant to this vote shall be reduced by any grant amount set forth in the Project Funding Agreement that may be executed between the Town of Franklin and the MSBA.