Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Aug 11, 2015

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.

"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."

Franklin Public Schools "the key to learning"
Franklin Public Schools "the key to learning"

1. Routine Business

Citizen’s Comments
Review of Agenda
Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the July 28, 2015 School Committee Meeting.
Payment of Bills Mr. Clement
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
Correspondence: Budget to Actual

2. Guests/Presentations

a. New Administrators
b. Handbooks
c. Calendar Survey

3. Discussion Only Items

Policy – Second Reading
  • JT – Electronic Device Policy
  • JKAA – Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention Policy
Re-Organization – Instructional Services

  • Elimination of “Director of Instructional Services” position
  • Creation of “Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning” position

4. Action Items

a. I recommend adoption of the following Policies as discussed:

  1. JT – Electronic Device Policy 
  2. JKAA – Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention Policy
b. I recommend adoption of the ECDC Handbook as presented.
c. I recommend adoption of the Davis Thayer Handbook as presented.
d. I recommend adoption of the Jefferson Handbook as presented.
e. I recommend adoption of the Keller Handbook as presented.
f. I recommend adoption of the Kennedy Handbook as presented.
g. I recommend adoption of the Oak Street Handbook as presented.
h. I recommend adoption of the Parmenter Handbook as presented.
i. I recommend adoption of the Horace Mann Handbook as presented.
j. I recommend adoption of the Remington Handbook as presented.
k. I recommend adoption of the Annie Sullivan Handbook as presented.
l. I recommend adoption of the Franklin High Handbook as presented.
m. I recommend elimination of the position Director of Instructional Services.
n. I recommend creation of the position Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning.
o. I recommend Joyce Edwards be appointed as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning.
p. I recommend acceptance of a check for $2,700.00 from the Oak Street PCC for Field Trips.
q. I recommend acceptance of a check for $214.29 from the Horace Mann Drama Club to be deposited in the HM student activity account.
r. I recommend acceptance of a check for $615.84 from Lifetouch for in-house enrichment at ECDC.
s. I recommend acceptance of a check for $3,370.00 from the Franklin Music Boosters for in-house enrichment at FHS.
t. I recommend acceptance of the donation of a panther statue from the Graci Family for FHS.

5. Information Matters

Superintendent’s Report
School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
School Committee Liaison Reports

6. New Business

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

7. Executive Session

Personnel Update

8. Adjourn

Franklin Election: Who are the candidates?

The current (as of 3:30PM Aug 10, 2015) candidate listing

Donna Greenwood 15 Summer St.#205 Assessor
W.Kenneth  Norman 18 Daniels St. Assessor
Philip M. Brunelli 26 James Street Bd. Of Health
John S. Power 211 Union St. Constable
Philip M. Brunelli 26 James Street Constable
Kenneth B. Hiscoe, III 19 Red Gate Lane School Com.
Kevin P. O'Malley 389 Brenda Lane School Com.
Rita M. Graci 6 King Philip Road School Com.
Trevor A. Clement 9 Secret Garden Ln School Com.
Vanessa A. Bilello 5 Symphony Dr. School Com.
Diane M. Padula-O'Neill 102 Pine Street Town Clerk
Elizabeth F. Simon 6 Monterey Dr. Town Clerk
Paul J. Cheli 6 Pearly Lane Town Clerk
Teresa M. Burr 27 Brushwood Hill Town Clerk
Brett S. Feldman 37 Meadowbrook Rd. Town Council
Deborah L. Pellegri 181 Pleasant St Town Council
Glenn F. Jones 172 School St. Town Council
James D. Schultz, Jr. 21 MacKintosh Street Town Council
Judith Pond Pfeffer 37 Arlington St. Town Council
Peter E. Padula 14 Fort Apache Dr. Town Council
Richard W. Power, Sr. 10 Royal Ct Town Council
Robert D. Dellorco 7 Wilson Road Town Council
Thomas D. Mercer 14 Mercer Lane Town Council

Franklin Town Common
Franklin Town Common

The offer to the candidates for an interview can be found here

The election timeline can be found here

The election 2015 collection can be found here

Franklin Community Coalition Event on Wednesday, Aug 12

The next meeting of the coalition is Wednesday, August 12 at 7 p.m. at Franklin High School, featuring Dr. 
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S.A.F.E. Coalition meeting on Wednesday

On Wednesday, August 12 at 7 p.m., Dr. John F. Kelly, the director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service at Mass General Hospital, will be the featured speaker at our coalition meeting.

His talk will be followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience. In addition to Dr, Kelly, the panelists include:
Click here to view the flyer and Facebook page for this event. Please pass it along and let your friends and family know about this important event. We certainly hope you are able to join us for an informative and robust discussion.

Thank you for your continued commitment to this effort and I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, August 12 for our next meeting.

Sept 12 Opiate Addiction Awareness Walk in Milford

Join the first annual Missin' Matt Walk and walk for a couple of miles, listen, learn and be a part of the solution.

This walk is in remembrance of Matthew A. Bertulli, who died on November 3rd, 2012 at the age of 27. His young life was abruptly ended by a heroin overdose. "We walk for Matt, we walk to bring education, we walk to help stop the judgment, we walk to give hope and we walk to help.  Our goal is to make a difference in our community." - Kattie Truit, Matt's mom

The walk is on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Milford Town Park. For more information and registration, click here.  

Missin Matt meetings on Wednesdays in Milford

Starting in September, the Missin Matt foundation will host a family support group meeting every Wednesday night in the Milford Hospital. The program will feature a 12 step Big Book workshop for those suffering from addiction.

Look for further details in an upcoming coalition newsletter.
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Healing Hearts meets on Thursday

Healing Hearts has begun meeting on Thursday evenings on the second floor of the Franklin YMCA at 45 Forge Hill Road in Franklin at 7 p.m. The group offers support for families struggling with addiction and recovery. Its preserves anonymity and creates a safe place" for people and families in crisis.

The group will also provide mobile support (in home) for parents and family members who need help but don't want a meeting. And the network will provide opportunities for people to call someone in crisis.

For the group's Facebook page, click here. more information, contact Jennifer Knight by clicking here.

HOPE meets on Monday

Community of HOPE (Healing ourselves, preserving each other) has begun meeting on Monday evenings at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 262 Chestnut Street in Franklin at 7 p.m. The group offers support for families struggling with addiction and recovery. Its preserves anonymity and creates a safe place for people and families in crisis.

HOPE's mission is a peer led support network for families dealing with addiction and recovery. It is striving to become an official Learn to Cope chapter. Until then, it will adopt the Learn to Cope meeting format and bring resources to the table for families in crisis.

The group will also provide mobile support (in home) for parents and family members who need help but don't want a meeting. And the network will provide opportunities for people to call someone in crisis.

The group will meet weekly. At the meeting on Monday, the discussion will begin with comments from Brooke and Ally, two recovering addicts who will share their stories in an effort to help others.

Click here to join HOPE's Facebook page. For more information, contact Jim Derick by clicking here
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DelCarte playground currently closed pending repairs the week of Aug 17th

One of the updates tucked into the Town Administrator's section of the Town Council meeting last week was that the manufacturer was late coming to fix the playground equipment at DelCarte. 

Jeff Nutting acknowledged that the manufacturer was supposed to be here in July and their schedule changed to due to other commitments. They are now currently scheduled to be onsite during the week of Aug 17th.

DelCarte playground currently closed pending repairs the week of Aug 17th
DelCarte playground currently closed pending repairs the week of Aug 17th

Other updates from the Town Council meeting on Aug 5 can be found here

Note: the next Town Council meeting is scheduled for Sep 9.

Franklin Library: Busy Wednesday - "amazing insects" and "stories of the night sky"

The Franklin Library has two events on Wednesday both sponsored by The Friends of the Franklin Library.

Note: the image shows the wrong starting time. It should say 10:30 AM.
Note: the image shows the wrong starting time. It should say 10:30 AM.

stories of the night sky - 1:00 PM
stories of the night sky - 1:00 PM

Library sign for this week's events
Library sign for this week's events

The event photos were shared from the Franklin Library pages here

and here

In the News: Medway considering joining SAFE, Solar Challenge coming to an end

The Board of Health, which currently has a member belonging to SAFE Community Coalition, hopes to solicit community members to join the coalition, which seeks to solve the statewide heroin epidemic. 
At Monday’s meeting, Board of Health member Jordan Warnick said Rep. Jeff Roy, D-Franklin, asked him to be on the Support for Addicts and Families by Empowerment (SAFE) Community Coalition to “help bring Medway into it.” 
“We’re trying to forge a relationship with Franklin,” Warnick said. “Alone, we can’t do it.”
Continue reading about Eco Embrace here (subscription may be required)

Local officials are encouraging town residents to participate in the Franklin Solar Challenge before the program's Sept. 15 deadline. 
Town Councilor Brett Feldman, who coordinates the challenge, said it was based on the state Clean Energy Center's Solarize Massachusetts program, which offers increasing discounts on solar panels as more and more townspeople use them. 
"It's based off that, but we did our own to maintain flexibility," he said, noting that such flexibility allowed the town to run its program over a longer time frame. "It started a year ago, and it will end in September."
Franklin Solar Challenge
Franklin Solar Challenge

Continue reading about Eco Embrace here (subscription may be required)

Monday, August 10, 2015

Reporting by walking around: Main St construction update (photo essay)

My walk Saturday got me around to Main St to see the milled roadway and work on the sidewalks. The photos I captured are shown here

the corner of Main and Pleasant - across from St Mary's
the corner of Main and Pleasant - across from St Mary's

Main St along the Town Common
Main St along the Town Common

Main St along the Town Common -1
Main St along the Town Common -1

Main St along the Town Common -2
Main St along the Town Common -2

High St
High St

corner of Main and School
corner of Main and School

Main St by the Library
Main St by the Library

Franklin TV - It Takes A Village - D. Getchell

You can set your alarm to watch this or set up your VCR/DVR to record and watch this interview.



Hoping you might call attention on FM to a cable tv  interview with Derek Getchell from Franklin.  He is a recovering addict, eloquent, charming and humble and  is committed to sharing his story of addiction and his struggle for recovery.  He does not preach, lecture or scold..but understands the agony and has found a way that works for him and may work for others.

He especially would be most grateful if you promote his story - will be aired this coming week on cable tv:  

  • Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m
  • Wednesday morning at 8:30 am
  • Saturday evening at 8:30 pm

Franklin TV will broadcast this on Comcast Channel 8;  Verizon Channel 26

   Thanks Steve -

              Anne Bergen

Franklin TV
Franklin TV
09:00 AM It Takes A Village: D. Getchell

“We may fail but we don’t want them to fail”

Hidden in a shopping complex in downtown Franklin is a boutique full of one-of-a-kind clothing, jewelry and gift items. But despite its small, local atmosphere, the store has roots on the other side of world in India, Indonesia and Thailand. 
Hema Chockalingam started Eco Embrace two years ago, after leaving a career in information technology. Her business works with artisans rural communities, mostly in India, to bring natural, handmade items to the United States. 
Items range from bangles made of semi-precious stones in Thailand, beaded necklaces with large pendants which is entirely handmade - even the beads. She even sells notepads made of animal poop. 
“Most of the items are one of a kind. When you come here it’s always a discovery,” said Chockalingam.
Continue reading about Eco Embrace here (subscription may be required)

You can find more about Eco Embrace on their Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/ecoembrace


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Davis Thayer is growing grass

On the walk Saturday morning, the sprinklers were out to water the newly seeded lawn. The modular units as reported were removed. New loam was added and leveled. The sidewalk sections needed to be placed but the work to restore the area at the corner of Davis Thayer is well underway.

newly seeded
newly seeded

included the sign to confirm the location
included the sign to confirm the location

a 'new' look
a 'new' look

sidewalk is planned to be completed
sidewalk is planned to be completed

sprinklers in action
sprinklers in action

The modulars (photos from July 2015)

Offer to candidates for the Franklin Election Nov 3, 2015

To the citizens and potential candidates for Franklin's election this November 3

I extend an offer to conduct and post an interview with you here on Franklin Matters and on the corresponding Facebook page. The interview can be either text or audio.

You are running for a position to conduct business on behalf of Franklin. Together, we can share your views, your objectives, and help to spread the word to create an informed voter.

Send me an email (shersteve at gmail dot com) and we can arrange a mutually convenient time.

Be aware that this is my public service effort conducted solely to enable informed voters here in Franklin.

Franklin Town Common
Franklin Town Common
I do this for fun and education. If this stops being fun, I will stop.

This is not an advertising site. This is an information sharing site.

My disclosure statement can be found here.
My comment/editorial policy can be found here.

A similar offer was made for the Franklin, MA elections in 2013, 20112009 and 2007.

The interviews for the candidates in the prior elections can be found in the archives


2011 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2011/08/election-2011-summary.html

2009 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2009/10/2009-election-collection.html

2007 - http://steves2cents.blogspot.com/2007/11/franklin-election-2007.html

5 Reasons You Should Check Your Credit Report Right Now

From the MA Consumer Affairs Blog they have a recent post on why you should get one of your free annual credit reports.

  1. "Spot Identity Theft
  2. Correct Inaccuracies
  3. Know Your Credit History
  4. Plan For Your Future
  5. You Can Get It For Free"

You can read the full posting here

MA Consumer Affairs Blog
MA Consumer Affairs Blog

You can get your credit report free once per year from each of the three major credit reporting companies at www.annualcreditreport.com. If you are a victim of identity theft, get a second free copy by contacting the credit reporting companies.

Consider this:

There are three credit report companies and you can get a free report every year from each. One way to manage your credit is to request one per quarter. 
January 1 - request from Experian
April 1 - request from TransUnion
July 1 -  request from Equifax

So for a few minutes each quarter, three times a year, you know what is up and you can take timely action. Alternatively, you could request all three at once and then wait a full year to request the free one again.

FHA's Audette named president of Mass. housing association

Lisa Audette of Cumberland, executive director of the Franklin Housing Authority (FHA), has been elected president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities, making her the lead advocate for public housing in Massachusetts. 
As president, she will lead an organization that represents more than 240 local housing authorities across Massachusetts, and she will preside over major changes in the delivery of housing services as last year's public housing reform law is implemented. 
Audette, who has served as executive director of the Franklin Housing Authority since 1995, has made significant contributions to MassNAHRO as a member of the board of directors, as treasurer, and as a member of several committees.
Continue reading about Lisa here

For more about the Franklin Housing Authority visit their page here

or read their entry in the Annual Report for 2013 here

or find their entry for 2014 here

Franklin Housing Authority
Franklin Housing Authority

“To prevent measles from spreading with herd immunity, you need 90-95 percent of people vaccinated"

"After a Disneyland measles outbreak last year sickened people with a disease typically associated with years long gone, the California legislature put a stop to the personal belief vaccine exemption that allowed parents to refuse immunization for their children on the grounds they disagreed with the requirement or questioned the need or safety of the vaccine. 
With the return of a disease once thought eradicated in the U.S., a Massachusetts bill is now moving to bring in what California just ruled out. 
Federal and state laws mandate all children must be vaccinated to enter school, with some exceptions. In Massachusetts, parents can opt their children out or delay vaccination for only medical or religious reasons. A bill proposed by Joan Lovely, D-Salem, on behalf of a constituent, would add personal belief exemptions to state law."
Continue reading the article here (subscription may be required)

Franklin Lions Club

Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world every day because they share a core belief - to serve their community. 
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization. We have 1.35 million members in more than 45,000 clubs in more than 206 countries and geographic areas. 
Lions have a dynamic history. Founded in 1917, we are best known for fighting blindness, but we also volunteer for many different kinds of community projects - including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled. 
Lions give sight. By conducting vision screenings, equipping hospitals and clinics, distributing medicine and raising awareness of eye disease, Lions work toward their mission of providing vision for all. We have extended our commitment to sight conservation through countless local efforts and through our international SightFirst Program, which works to eradicate blindness. 
Lions serve youth. Our community projects often support local children and schools through scholarships, recreation and mentoring. Internationally, we offer many programs, including the Peace Poster Contest, Youth Camps and Exchange and Lions Quest.

Our Leo Program provides the youth of the world with an opportunity for personal development through volunteering. There are approximately 144,000 Leos and 5,700 Leo clubs in more than 140 countries worldwide.
Franklin Lions
Franklin Lions
Lions award grants. Since 1968, the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has awarded more than US$700 million in grants to support Lions humanitarian projects around the world. LCIF was also ranked the number one nongovernmental organization in a 2007 study by The Financial Times. 
Lions help during disasters. Together, our Foundation and Lions are helping communities following natural disasters by providing for immediate needs such as food, water, clothing and medical supplies – and aiding in long-term reconstruction. 
Lions are active. Our motto is "We Serve." Lions are part of a global service network, doing whatever is necessary to help our local communities. 
For more about Lions Clubs, go to  http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/franklinma/