Showing posts with label school committee. Show all posts
Showing posts with label school committee. Show all posts

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Joint Budget Subcommittee Meeting starts discussion on Preliminary Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) Budget Model - “We’re All in this Together”

Joint Budget Subcommittee Meeting
(Members of the Town Council, School Committee, and Finance Committee)
March 6, 2024 = 7:00 PM

Meeting will be held at the Franklin Municipal Building 355 East Central Street - 2nd floor, Council Chambers

Agenda
1. Town Administrator’s Preliminary FY25 Budget Model
a. Town Administration Memo  
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/joint_budget_subcommittee_memo_2.pdf
b. Committee Charge  
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/joint_budget_subcommittee_memo_2.pdf
c. FY25 Revenue & Control Sheet  
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/fy25_control_sheet_budget_model.pdf
d. February 13, 2024 School Committee Budget Discussion Slideshow  
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/feb_2024_school_committee_budget_update_0.pdf


Town Administrator Jamie Hellen writes:

"The Perfect Storm has arrived. In anticipation of the March 6th meeting, we have prepared a preliminary Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) budget model based on the information we have to date. The deficit, established from initial assumptions in the budget model, is $10.095 million or just a hair under $10.1 million. 
FY25 Budget Process Update
We have met with every department and received preliminary assessments from outside entities (Animal Control, MECC, CRPC District, Retirement Board, etc.) that are reflected in the town's budget.
We have included Governor Healey’s H1 budget numbers into the model which represents a $76,782 decrease in local aid, however we do not expect any substantial increases in local aid by the end of July. Although the legislative session ends July 31st, we expect the FY25 state budget will last deep into the summer, thus we should not expect an avalanche of additional state aid to arrive to solve any of these financial pressures. Furthermore, the Chapter 70 formula and how it relates to Franklin has been well documented and discussed for many years. We need to keep this in mind as we continue budget discussions. 
In the coming weeks, line items will continue to be altered as new information becomes available through mid-April when our formal budget is released, tentatively scheduled for April 12, 2024. The Finance Committee budget hearings are May 6th (General Government, Culture & Recreation, Senior Center, Benefits, Debt/Interest, etc.), May 8th (Public Safety, Public Works, Inspections) and May 15th (Education). Town Council budget hearings are May 22nd and May 23rd. 
We will present a new five year fiscal forecast with the April 12th budget submission. 
Please visit the budget website for the process and archival budget materials"

The full agenda and supporting docs can be found ->   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/agendas/joint_budget_subcommittee_meeting_agenda_-_march_6_2024.pdf

 

Joint Budget Subcommittee Meeting starts discussion on Preliminary Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) Budget Model - “We’re All in this Together”
Joint Budget Subcommittee Meeting starts discussion on Preliminary Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) Budget Model - “We’re All in this Together”

In this Chalkboard Chat session, we talk of the School Budget as released for the Feb 13 School Committee Mtg (audio)

FM #1150 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1150 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares my recorded conversation with Franklin School Committee Chair Dave Callaghan. We had our conversation in person at the Franklin TV Studio on Monday, February 26, 2024. 


The School Committee had their regular meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2024. We recap that meeting in our discussion. 


Recall that Tuesday, a snow storm was forecast, school canceled, the meeting went virtual and the snow didn’t fully come to pass in the amount expected.


Topics:

  • SAFE Coalition Overview - Jennifer Knight-Levin

  • Budget Overview

  • Costa Rica Field Trip Proposal

  • Italy Field Trip Proposal

  • Joint Budget Subcommittee of March 6 starts the formal process to develop the FY 2025 budget


The recording runs about 43 minutes so let’s listen to my “chalkboard chat” with School Committee Chair Dave Callaghan. Audio link -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1150-chalkboard-chat-02-26-24



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Contact info for Dave Callaghan  callaghand@franklinps.net 


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


2/13/24 meeting Agenda doc  ->  https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/agendas/scagenda_2-13-24docx.pdf 


Meeting packet folder ->  https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/pages/february-13-2024-school-committee-meeting-packet 


Franklin TV video for replay ->  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpgZMxaUY0I 



The “Chalkboard Chat” image was the result of a joint collaboration with Mickayla Callaghan. Thank you!


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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


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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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In this Chalkboard Chat session, we talk of the School Budget
In this Chalkboard Chat session, we talk of the School Budget

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, Mar 5 at 7 PM

Franklin School Committee
March 5, 2023 - 7:00 PM
Municipal Building – Council Chambers


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.”
Call to Order Mr. Callaghan
Pledge of Allegiance
Moment of Silence

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

II. Guests/Presentations
A. Superintendent’s Recommended FY25 Budget

III. Discussion/Action Items
A. Policy - First Reading
I recommend moving policy CA - Administrative Goals to a second reading as
detailed.

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 February 13, 2024 meeting as
detailed.
B. JF Kennedy Gifts
I recommend acceptance of two check totaling $1471.50 from the JFK PCC as
follows:
$125.00 for Field Trips
$1346.50 for Supplemental Supplies
C. Parmenter Gifts
I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $1970.00 from the Parmenter
PCC for field trips as detailed.
D. FHS Scholarship
I recommend acceptance of a check for $5,000.00 from Thomas A. Wagner for a
FHS Scholarship as detailed.
E. FHS Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $93.01 from Ohiopyle Prints, Inc. for
supplemental supplies as detailed.

VII. Good of the Order

VIII. Citizen’s Comments

IX. New Business
To discuss any future agenda items

X. Adjournment

The agenda doc contains remote participation info

Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, Mar 5 at 7 PM
Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, Mar 5 at 7 PM

Community Relations Subcommittee - Mar 4 at 5 PM

Franklin Public Schools - Franklin School Committee
Community Relations Subcommittee
March 4, 2024 - 5:00 PM


Municipal Building - 3rd Floor 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."
● Review of March Newsletter draft
● Follow up on previous meeting open items


Agenda doc contains remote participation info ->

Community Relations Subcommittee - Mar 4 at 5 PM
Community Relations Subcommittee - Mar 4 at 5 PM

Monday, February 12, 2024

School Committee meetings scheduled for Feb 12 & Feb 13, 2024

Community Relations Subcom
February 12, 2024 - 5:00pm


Policy Sub Committee Meeting
February 13, 2024 - 6:00pm


School Committee Meeting
February 13, 2024 - 7:00pm




Find the meeting packet folder with the supporting documents for this session. Note: not all the documents are released before the meeting. They are supposed to be posted on the day after but it sometimes takes longer than that. ->    https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/pages/2023-24-meeting-packets

School Committee meeting scheduled for Feb 13, 2024 at 7 PM
School Committee meeting scheduled for Feb 13, 2024 at 7 PM

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Watch the School Committee playlist on YouTube back to January 2022

Franklin TV broadcasts many Town and School meetings to multiple channels. 
  • Verizon and Comcast
  • Live stream via Zoom
  • And to YouTube
You can find the School Committee playlist on YouTube for meetings since January 2022 -> https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNyv0AkVasIR_a80hAfFnQoFngebCICow


Watch the School Committee playlist on YouTube back to January 2022
Watch the School Committee playlist on YouTube back to January 2022

Thursday, January 25, 2024

School Committee gets update from Jefferson, on Facility Planning. approves DECA trip (audio)

FM #1142 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1142 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the Franklin (MA) School Committee meeting held on Jan 23, 2024. The meeting was held in the Council Chambers. 


All 7 members of the Committee were present in Chambers. The meeting started slightly late as the Budget subcommittee meeting prior to this ran late holding up 3 members.


Quick recap:

  • FHS student update, Panther Pride night Feb 12; Jan 29 jazz concert at FHS. Course selection underway by class. Tutoring for Spanish offered. Boys and girls playing basketball vs Mansfield; Boys indoor track take KellyRex champ for first time, Sarah Dumas player of week 

  • Superintendent Report, thanks to students and families for patience and safety during this winter period, safety utmost. Inclement weather process shared previously, PR firm touting various aspects of the program to share the goodness. Also on schools web page

  • Newcomers update, 69 students total; 14 high school, 15 middle, balance at elementary; Interfaith group helping with after school program, library helping with English as second language training

  • Slides for the Jefferson update captured via photo album; Getting a sense of "return to normalcy". Good to have the families in the building more frequently (vs COVID period) Thank you all for what you are doing!

  • Motion to take the agenda out of order, and get to the DECA trip proposal. About 200 competed and about 100 moved to districts in Boston, approx 50 anticipated to qualify for the CA nationals. Also coordinating with KP, Rehoboth and other MA communities to ensure a good … MA representation. April, week conference, also an opportunity to visit Disney as part of DECA organization; Fund raising to alleviate the cost of the trip.  A. DECA International Competition - Recurring Trip I recommend approval of the request of Emily Rosborough to take DECA Student to Anaheim, CA from 4/26/24-5/1/24 to participate in the DECA competition as detailed. Motion second, passes 7-0

  • Comprehensive Facilities Planning Update; Lucas presenting, slides will be captured to an album

  • Draft of school committee meeting schedule reviewed, could be on next meeting for vote Review of subcommittees, some met some haven't

  • Consent agenda, motion to approve, second, passes 7-0

  • New business, calendar vote, budget teaser, possible school calendar draft for review also Motion to adjourn, second, passes 7-0


The meeting runs about 1 hour and 55 minutes so let’s listen to the School Committee meeting held on Jan 23, 2024. Audio link -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1142-franklin-ma-school-cmte-mtg-01-23-24


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Franklin TV video link -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UrUZ9emung 


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


Meeting Agenda doc  -> https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/agendas/scagenda_1-23-24.pdf 


Meeting packet folder ->  https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/pages/january-23-2024-school-committee-meeting-packet 


Jefferson Elementary highlights -> https://photos.app.goo.gl/tmGGuhBnB3z84jwc9 


Comprehensive School Facility Plan outline ->  https://photos.app.goo.gl/aQCfP2MFdmxHyZ3c7 


My notes in one PDF file -> 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KwqPUeKnJXhqYEzyiy-v7IZi-IfxzAfn/view?usp=drive_link 


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


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

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


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


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


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


I hope you enjoy!

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


screen grab Facility Planning
screen grab Facility Planning

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

School budget subcommittee gets preview of the 4 scenarios being worked for FY 2025 budget (audio)

FM #1141 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1141 in the series. 


This session shares the Franklin, MA School Committee Budget Subcommittee meeting held on Tuesday, Jan 23, 2024. The meeting was conducted in the 3rd floor training room. 


Chair Dave McNeill opened the meeting. School Committee members Dr Paul Griffith and KP Sompally participated. Superintendent Lucas Giguere and Business Manager Dr Bob Dutch, Asst Business Administrator Janaina Vasconcelos-Melotti also participated. 


Quick recap

  • Subcommittee meeting starts a few minutes late. Supt Giguere provides an overview of the capital budget process and then expands upon the preview we're about to see. There is a budget workshop on Friday with the school principals, another update planned for February. 

  • Dr Dutch walks through the details of the budget development process. Key slide provides a preliminary look at the various budget scenarios. Lots to digest within this slide. More info coming as the budget workshop (mentioned earlier) and further work through Feb leading to the view at the Feb 13 School Committee meeting

  • Four basic scenarios reviewed; 

    • (1) “less than level service” this would require cuts and reductions, exactly what will be fleshed out over the next weeks. 

    • (2) “level service” or survive mode, what would this be like? Feedback also asked “Ok if this is ‘survive,’ what happens next year? 

    • (3) “Level service plus” to stabilize the level service and partially restore programs previously cut (i.e. middle school activities and the late bus to support them), 

    • (4) “level service and programing thrive” this builds upon #3 restore more positions previously cut and create bandwidth to innovate.

  • Meeting ends with additional questions and discussion unasked as it was time to get downstairs for the full committee meeting opening at 7 PM (which actually started late due to this being late)


The show notes contain a link to the agenda and to my notes.


The recording runs about 27 minutes, so let’s listen to the Budget Subcommittee meeting of Jan 23, 2024. Audio link -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1141-franklin-ma-school-cmte-budget-subcmte-mtg-01-23-24




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Budget Subcommittee agenda

https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/agendas/1-23-24_agenda-budgetsubcom.pdf


The current operating budget or FY 2024 Budget information -> https://www.franklinps.net/fy24budget 


The FY 2025 budget info being developed with this set of meetings and a new link will be added here https://www.franklinps.net/district/school-district-budget 


Photos of the slides discussed -> https://photos.app.goo.gl/z7kg8bYxECezQ86v8 


My notes in this ThreadReader PDF -> 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1efrAyKeGBJSIck0d1wXRdnmg_w3bhdFq/view?usp=drive_link 


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


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

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


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

 

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/  or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


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


I hope you enjoy!

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