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Assistant Superintendent Sally Winslow told the School Committee on Tuesday that elementary class sizes "are the best they’ve been in a while because our enrollment is down."
However, Winslow said the three middle schools have "pockets" of large class numbers, particularly in the core subjects, with at least one those classes having as many as 35 pupils.
Most concerning, she said, is the size of high school science classes, such as physics and chemistry. The average class size for 11th-grade physics is 27 students, while 10th-grade chemistry has an average of 23.
|side view, new truck|
|rear view, lift gate|
|safety feature, height in readable type via mirror|
|inside the cargo bay|
|checking out the lift gate - down|
|checking out the lift gate - up|
The Franklin Fire Department, along with Papa Ginos, will hold an open house Sunday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Station 2, 600 King St.
In the year Saville Bennett was born, the Model T Ford had been on the assembly line for just two years, World War I was several years away, women's dresses were just starting to inch above the ankles, and the modern zipper had yet to be invented.
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|Ann Williams of Pour Richard's Wine & Spirits|
|Did you know there were classical concerts in Franklin?|
|Jane's Frames - community art project|
|painted ping pong balls will make a lollipop field|
|Franklin Food Pantry tent and new truck in front of their building in the Rockland Trust parking lot|
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The area's two vocational high schools performed well above state averages in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests, the results of which were released late last month.
Bellingham and Franklin's senior centers now share an in-home respite care service, providing relief to caregivers aiding family members with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.
There is an old-fashioned turf war going on at the Franklin Public Library, which was founded in 1790 with a gift of three books by the town’s namesake, Benjamin Franklin.
And at the root of the infighting, to the surprise of few, are power and money.
On one side is the library’s board of directors, whose members — appointed by the town administrator — say they have the sole responsibility for setting library policy. On the other is the Friends of the Franklin Library, a volunteer group of supporters who want a say in how the $6,000 to $7,000 they raise at book fairs each fall and spring is spent.
The tug of war was being waged behind the scenes for months, but spilled into the open when the directors abruptly canceled the Friends’ fall book sale. In its place, the library is selling old books through an ongoing process that officials say is “extremely successful,” and there are plans to hold monthly, themed sales at the library.
“It’s the library’s books being sold, it’s our money,” Cynthia Dobrzynski, chairwoman of the board of directors, said about the proceeds from the Friends’ annual sales. “There is no reason for that money not to be turned over directly to us.”
The president of the Friends of the Franklin Library, Maria Lucier, sees things a little differently.
“I agree that money is at the root of this, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask for a request for FoFL funds that describes how the money is planned to be spent.” she wrote in an e-mail to the Globe.
Lucier said all her group wants is specific requests for funds, such as a certain amount for museum passes, videos, books, or programs.Read the full article in the Sunday Boston Globe here
Naming a school is an important matter that deserves thoughtful attention. Personal prejudice or favoritism, political pressure, or temporary popularity should not be an influence in choosing a school name. Generally, school buildings are named for distinguished, deceased individuals who have made extraordinary contributions of an educational, professional or public service nature related to the district’s mission. Should the School Committee choose to name a school after an individual, the naming will not occur until 3 years after the individual has been deceased. It is critically important that the integrity, history, behavior and reputation of the named individual be consistent with the academic mission and values of the district. It may be appropriate to name schools for physical locations; geographical areas; distinguished local, state and national leaders whose names will lend dignity and stature to the school.
Effective with the adoption of this policy, specific spaces or areas within school buildings or school grounds will not be named after individuals, living or deceased. However, if a building or specific space had previously been named for an individual, the district will continue to use the name so long as the building or area remains in use and serves its original function. When the use has changed such that it must be demolished, substantially renovated or rebuilt, the district shall refer the name for some other recognition.
The School Committee has the sole authority to name, rename or revoke the naming of buildings or other school spaces.
Haberman said parents "are very aware of the difficult financial times districts are under," but also want to ensure students are receiving services outlined in an IEP or are needed.
She said the litigious nature of special education disputes can lead to a breakdown of trust between both sides.
Haberman emphasized disputes are almost always with school administration rather than teachers and staff actually providing the services.
Beth Fitzmaurice, Franklin’s special education director, said staff encourage parents to sit and talk with them multiple times before rejecting an IEP and often, both parties are able to come to a resolution without a rejection.