Showing posts with label sabolinski. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sabolinski. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

“She’s accomplished a lot”

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

"With her retirement nearing, Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski looked back Tuesday on her time within the school district. 
Sabolinski, who is stepping down at the end of the school year, has served as superintendent for the past eight years, though she has been with the district for nearly a decade longer - she was assistant superintendent for four years, and worked in the special education department for four years before that. 
“I’ve had an incredible career here, and I think it’s time to move on,” she said. “I’ve accomplished the goals I’ve set for myself, and felt it was a good time for a transition.” 
The new Franklin High School, which opened in 2014, was among the milestones of Sabolinski’s tenure. She said she was proud of the efforts that led to the project’s fruition."
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Senator Karen Spilka, Representative Jeff Roy recognizing Supt Maureen Sabolinski
at the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 13

Friday, May 26, 2017

Community Open House to honor Supt Maureen Sabolinski - June 13

There will be a Community Open House to honor Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski, Ed.D. on Tuesday, June 13 from 2:30 to 5:00 PM. 

The Open House will be held at the Media Center near the main entrance of Franklin High School.

For those wishing to remember Maureen's retirement, a scholarship fund has been established in her name. Donations will benefit future FHS graduates pursuing college. Checks should be made payable to the Town of Franklin with the words "Maureen A Sabolinski Scholarship" in the MEMO section of the check. Donations should be mailed to Miriam Goodman, School Business Administrator, 335 East Central St, Suite 2, Franklin, MA 02038.

Community Open House to honor Supt Maureen Sabolinski - June 13
Community Open House to honor Supt Maureen Sabolinski - June 13

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Dr Sabolinski announces retirement as School Superintendent

Dear Faculty Members, FPS Support Staff, Parents/Guardians and Community Members: 
As Superintendent of Franklin Public Schools since 2009, I have had the honor to work with an exceptional group of people dedicated to providing the highest quality of education to Franklin students. It has always been my privilege to have enjoyed the support and friendship of a committed, knowledgeable School Committee; an exemplary, student focused administration; a dedicated, conscientious support team; and a committed, talented group of educators. 
After much thoughtful consideration, I have decided to close my 32 year career in education at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year. I believe that making this decision now will allow the School Committee time to recruit an exceptional superintendent with the vision, talent, and leadership skills to take FPS into the future. It is my hope we can establish a thoughtful, seamless transition for the 2017-2018 school year. 
My experiences in Franklin have been extraordinary. Collaborative relationships with the Town Council, Police, Fire, Department of Public Works, Facilities, and Town Officials have facilitated many significant changes in our schools and community that have made Franklin a desirable, sought after place to live and for families to raise their children. Our strong sense of community defines Franklin as a special town. 
I will always be grateful to the Franklin community for allowing me to serve as their school leader for the last eight years, and as Assistant Superintendent, and Director of Student Services before then. Thank you for these opportunities. As I retire as Superintendent, I will continue to support our students, faculty, administration and School Committee as a neighbor, community member, and friend. 
With appreciation and respect,

Dr. Maureen A. Sabolinski
Superintendent of Schools

Dr Maureen Sabolinski acknowledges Asst Superintendent Sally Winslow as she retires earlier this year with School Committee Chair Kevin O'Malley observing. 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

In the News: Sabolinski gets 'exemplary', St Vincent DePaul food drive

School Committee members were effusive in their praise of Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski, whose performance they evaluated this week. 
At Tuesday night's committee meeting, members said they had rated Sabolinski as "exemplary" in all four categories in which she is judged. 
Committee Chairwoman Paula Mullen gave a brief overview of the contents of the evaluation. 
"I think Maureen is very, very data-driven and collaborative," she said. "She's a creative and effective problem-solver."
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The St. Vincent DePaul Society of St. Mary’s Parish in Franklin, One Church Square, will hold its seventh annual Thanksgiving Food Drive from Nov. 1 through Nov. 22, to provide a holiday dinner to those in need and to restock its food pantry shelves. 
Suggested items to donate include applesauce, cranberry juice, popcorn, peanut butter, jelly, jams, cookies, crackers, bread mixes, pudding, candy corn, cranberry sauce, stuffing, cereal, fruit cocktail, coffee, tea, cocoa, boxes of chocolates, canned yams and other vegetables, rice, chowder and a Thanksgiving tablecloth or decoration. 
Donations may be dropped off any time and may be placed in the boxes at the doors of the church.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Franklin Public Schools - Welcome Back!

The annual letter from Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski to the district at the start of the school year. Additional changes in school administration are announced in this letter.

new turf field being installed at the high school
new turf field being installed at the high school

Thursday, June 4, 2015

"The primary goal isn’t to arrest"

“Franklin is not unique in terms of this problem,” Roy said, referring to the state’s opioid epidemic. 
He was speaking during the taping of a local cable TV show that also featured Franklin Police Chief Stephan Semerjian, Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting and school district Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski. 
After filming in the morning at Franklin TV’s Hutchinson Street studio, Roy met with Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey later that afternoon about some of the strategies that the other coalitions have used. 
“The district attorney has assigned someone from the Walpole coalition to mentor us and someone from his office who will attend all of the meetings,” Roy said. “Whoever emerges as the leader of the Franklin coalition will go every other month to the DA’s office to meet with the other 18 community coalition leaders. We will have constant dialogue on this.”

Continue reading the article here

Police Chief Semerjian and his team address the Town Council on May 20th
Police Chief Semerjian and his team address the Town Council on May 20th

Related materials:

The Town Council meeting discussion on the opiate problem

Jeff Roy's monthly newsletter

Franklin Police Department resources posted

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Franklin Public Schools: Weather Questions


Hello and Happy 2015 
We have had a few inquiries about canceling school tomorrow so I wanted to offer an update.  We anticipate school being open at the regular time. 
We have consulted with facilities personnel and our transportation provider and we do not anticipate any concerns with the heat in schools or our busses. However, if we experience an HVAC problem or our busses are running late it may necessitate a delay.  
I will be in communication with our transportation vendor at 5:00 a.m. If the busses will be running late due to the cold we will delay school- we want to avoid having any child standing at a bus stop awaiting a bus that may not arrive in a timely manner. 
In the interest of safety we have directed principals to open school doors early. We do not want any students waiting outside of a school in these temperatures. 
Also our bus drivers have been directed to pick up any students who may be walking. If the parent of a walker cannot drive a child to school please feel free to use the bus that runs near your home. If the situation changes we will communicate and respond as quickly as possible. 
Thank you and stay warm. 
public entrance to FHS for community walking
public entrance to FHS available Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu nights for community walking

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Franklin School: Get Ready for 2014-2015



I hope you are all enjoying a restful and fun summer.  I wanted to check in as we are one month away from the opening of the new school year.  Time to get out and purchase the new notebooks, pencils and backpacks!

Some pertinent dates/information:
  • Administrative Offices: All Principals and clerical staff will officially be back full- time on August 11. Class schedules and placement letters will go out in the mail on August 18.
  • Medication Drop Off: We are unable to accept student medication until our school nurse are back on September 3. If your child is required to take medication during  the school day, please see the school nurse on September 3 with the medication and medical orders. 
  • FHS is on schedule to open and our Class of 2018 will be visiting the HS as part of the FHS Experience the week of August 11. Students attending will be issued their Chromebook, Class Schedule, Bus Pass and School ID.
  • Transportation- Bus Passes will be issued at your child's school the week of August 24-28 between 7:30 and 4:00.
  • Bus routes will be online and in the local paper on August 14.
  • FHS parking- There is limited student parking and student spaces were assigned in the lottery last spring. Students who did not receive a parking space will need to  arrange for transportation , sign up for Pay to Ride or may purchase a Shuttle Bus Pass (reduced fee).

Other Town Information:
If you interested in going green, the Town of Franklin is seeking families to be part of the Solar Challenge. Using solar panels lowers your carbon footprint and can save energy costs. 
The Franklin Department of Planning and Community Development is hosting a meeting on August 20 at 7:00 pm at Town Hall to look at how to engage the community to invest in solar energy. By group purchasing community the cost can be lower. 
The Parmenter School has had solar panels for several years and  the energy savings has been tremendously impactful. We hope that our other schools will look to be a partner in this initiative.

the new Franklin High School under construction earlier this year
the new Franklin High School under construction earlier this year

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Franklin Public Schools: Alleged Threats and Rumors

October 23, 2013 
As you may have heard in the community or read in the local paper there have been rumors amongst our eighth- grade students about an alleged plan of a violent act against the Horace Mann Middle School community. These rumors began to circulate on Monday and increased in volume on Tuesday. The rumored threat was non-specific and the alleged threats were changing as the rumors were circulated in school, on buses and in the community.  Please be advised that no alleged threat has been substantiated. 
The Franklin Police were notified and are collaborating with school officials. Consistent with the district's crisis/emergency response plan the police were consulted and are continuing to investigate all rumors. Every measure has been taken to ensure we have a safe learning environment for our children. 
The situation in Nevada and now the sad event in Danvers, MA have served to reinforce anxiety about school safety. If your child is experiencing stress or anxiety over these situations our school counseling personnel are skilled to support our children. If you have concerns please contact your child's school to access our counseling supports. 
Thank You and Respectfully, 
Maureen Sabolinski
Superintendent of Schools

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

"wanted to have a deeper understanding"

Milford Daily News recaps the parent meeting Thursday evening after talking with Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski.

In the school library, about 80 parents attended the meeting, led by crisis counselor Maria Trozzi. 
An assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and director of the Good Grief Program, Trozzi has been consulting high school faculty members on how to approach questions about allegations of an inappropriate relationship between a teacher and one or more students. 
The educator has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of police, state and internal investigations.

Read more:

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  • Monday 

First announcement from School Dept

  • Tuesday 


School Dept update on opening of schools

  • Wednesday

Looking for due process

  • Thursday

parent meeting announcement

  • Friday

NECN reports on the parent meeting

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Franklin Public Schools: School Opening Update


Good Afternoon-

I wanted to take a moment to let you know that our first day of school was exceptional. We had minimal bus concerns and school started on time in all buildings despite the rainy weather. As our district administrators visited all of our schools, students were engaged in learning and happy to be back in school.

I am sorry the opening was marred by the need to send out the copy of the press release but we were contacted by the press and I felt parents needed to have the information before it went public. We strive to be transparent and honest in our communication as we partner with you in the education of your children. Also we wanted to assure parents that we are committed to a safe educational environment for all students.

Our investigation continues and we are planning to hold a  meeting on Thursday for FHS  parents/guardians (details will be sent out on Wednesday). Our Crisis Counselor Maria Trozzi will facilitate this meeting to help FHS parents address many  issues this situation has put in the forefront. Ms. Trozzi spent two days working with the faculty at FHS and gave them the tools to address classroom issues and concerns. The staff  were give the tools to keep students focused the process of education. I can report that today, education at FHS was orderly and students were engaged and excited to be back in school.

We were able to celebrate the "Last First Day" at the old FHS.

We want to thank the many parents who have sent messages of support as we continue this investigation. If any parent  or student has information to share please contact my office or Principal Light as we  are committed to a resolution of this situation.

Thank you for your continued support,

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Franklin Public Schools: important message 8/26/13

If anyone happened to see the News at 6:00 PM today, this is the official schools statement from Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski


Franklin Public Schools
Office of the Superintendent


August 26, 2013

A serious allegation of misconduct by a Franklin High School teacher was brought to the attention of the administration within the Franklin Public Schools.  The administration was devastated by hearing of this allegation and we acted immediately. Upon learning of this allegation, a report was made to the Franklin Police Department and the Franklin Public Schools is cooperating with the Police in this regard.  Also a report was made to the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF).  Additionally, the Franklin Public Schools administration immediately initiated its own comprehensive internal investigation.  Our School Counsel initiated the investigation last week. We are committing our full resources to investigating and responding to these allegations. 

The alleged incident is disturbing and does not reflect the expectations we espouse as a school district or as a community. We are committed to ensuring all of our students are safe, both physically and emotionally.  These allegations demean the professionalism of all educators and are inconsistent with School Committee policies and community norms.  Franklin Public Schools is fully committed to supporting students and families who have been impacted by this incident.

Due to the confidentiality rights of all involved, we are unable to comment further on the particulars of the alleged incident or our resulting investigation. The individual involved in this allegation is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.  Be assured that the safety and security of all students in the Franklin Public Schools always remains our highest priority.  We will continue to work closely with relevant agencies and to take any appropriate actions in response.  We will ensure that this investigation is conducted thoroughly and with complete understanding of our obligation to uphold our public duty to our students. Our focus and mission at this time is to protect the confidentiality of our students as we open school for the 2013-2014 school year.

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Franklin, MA: Public School Inclement Weather Notice

The standard policy for the Franklin Public Schools during inclement weather (i.e. snow storms at this time of year).

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Monday, March 9, 2009

"Merging two positions seems efficient"

Posted Mar 08, 2009 @ 09:06 PM


She hasn't yet officially taken the reins from Superintendent Wayne Ogden, but Maureen Sabolinski is already making moves to save a top position without expanding the budget.

"Looking at the workload and budgetary needs, I opted to reorganize" a few roles, said Sabolinski, now assistant superintendent.

Sabolinski said she will continue her current duties, plus heap on the job of superintendent. She is also one of 51 school staff who volunteered to forgo a pay increase next year.

And in place of an assistant superintendent and a director of pupil personnel services, she created a new position, assistant superintendent for student services.

Read the full article about this change in the Milford Daily News here

Read the live reporting from the School Committee meeting held on Feb 24th here

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

SchCom: Sabolinski, Light, Ogden

Incoming Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski and Peter Light listen as current Superintendent Wayne Ogden explains the selection process that resulted in Peter being announced as the new Principal of Franklin High School.

Additional notes from the School Committee meeting can be found here

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Live reporting - Peter Light

Wayne Ogden - intro to Peter Light, in survey of students and facility, they heard: we want someone we know, we want stability, we want someone who knows what is going on. Peter's name was a consensus amongst those interviewed.

"We have in our midst is a gem of a young leader who can take us forward."

Peter will be the permanent principle beginning January 26th.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

"It is old, but it's not a horrible place to be"

Posted Nov 19, 2008 @ 12:36 AM


Assistant Superintendent of Schools Maureen Sabolinski told the School Committee last night she is a bit more optimistic this time around after resubmitting a statement of interest to the state to help fund the renovation or construction of a new high school.

The application included a new projection for school enrollment, building permits in town, an update on the district's priorities, and a systems overview detailing the age of Franklin High, its walls, furnace and boiler, for instance, as well as health and safety issues, she said.

"What was remarkable in looking at this, was how old (everything is) at Franklin High School - the wiring system, the breakers, the stairs, the floors, are all 37 years old," Sabolinski said.

"When you do the math, 37 years of students walking on the floors ... It's pretty astonishing the building is in such good shape," she said.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here

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Monday, November 17, 2008

"It's a community challenge"

Posted Nov 15, 2008 @ 11:42 PM


When Assistant Superintendent of Schools Maureen Sabolinski assumes her new post as superintendent next July, she'll inherit a high-performing school district that lost 44 teachers last year, faces more cuts due to the staggering economy, and still needs to rebuild its high school, which is facing accreditation issues.

There is no question what her top challenge will be, she said: the budget.

"The challenge of leadership is really making things work for the benefit of students with fewer resources. The community has to work together," said Sabolinski.

Despite the setbacks posed by the recession, Sabolinski, a self-described optimist, still sees opportunities for making improvements.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here.

Listen to her interview with the School Committee and the Q&A session that followed

Monday, November 3, 2008

FM #19 - 4 things to know

FM #19 podcast provides the 4 things you should know about Franklin, MA this week.

Time: 8 minutes, 18 seconds

MP3 File

Session Notes:

This podcast for Franklin Matters will focus on the 4 things you should know about what happened this week.

In the prior two sessions, we spent time listening to Assistant Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski as she was interviewed by the School Committee during their meeting Tuesday Oct 14th. In podcast 17 Maureen told her life story. How she started teaching in NY City, moved to the Buffalo NY area, to Rockaway, NJ and then to Franklin. She reviews her resume detailing how she has prepared to cover all aspects of the superintendent’s role in her own development.

In podcast 18, we’ll listened to the School Committee as they asked Maureen follow-up questions and get into a discussion to clarify her goals, objectives, and vision for Franklin’s school. If you have not listened to these yet, I strongly encourage you to go back and do so at some point in time. All the podcasts can be found within the Important links section on the right hand column.

The first thing you should know about from this week’s events was that the school committee did vote unanimously 6-0 (Matt Kelley was absent) to enter into contract negotiations with Maureen. We should hear in a future meeting about the contract terms and transition with Wayne as he is scheduled to step aside on June 30th 2009.

The second thing you should know about this week is that the pilot to sell advertising banners in the field house was proposed and accepted. During the pilot period, the banner content will need to be reviewed by the Superintendent of Schools, High School Principal and the chair of the School Committee. The cost for the banner would be $480 year and available for a minimum period of three months (at a prorated cost).

The third thing you should know about this week is that if you area parent of school age children there is a survey on the Franklin Schools homepage looking for your input on how to create the calendar for the school year; for example, should the school year begin before Labor Day or after? Your input is welcomed until November 24th. The link to the survey will be available on Franklin Matters here. Jeff Roy has also created a posting at the School Committee blog with a link to the survey. Let your voice be heard.

The fourth thing you should know this week, on the contract front, the Police Department settled their contract with the Town. They had been working under an expired contract since June 2007. This one will cover through June 2010.

The new contract, which expires in June 2010, gives officers a 2 percent raise retroactive to October 2007, a 2.5 percent raise as of October 2008 and a 3 percent raise in October 2009, Nutting said.

Sergeants' pay will increase to 17 percent above the top patrol officer salary step in the first year of the contract, to 18 percent in the second year, and to 19 percent above in the third year.

This was reported in the Milford Daily News and Franklin Gazette this week.

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