Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Beautification Day in downtown Franklin - May 19

The Franklin Downtown Partnership and Franklin Garden Club’s annual Beautification Day in downtown Franklin and the Town Common has been scheduled for Saturday, May 19

Dozens of volunteers are needed to help plant the flowers and greenery on the downtown bridge and in barrels in front of businesses. The event will go on rain or shine. 

Community service hours are available to high school sports teams, scout groups and students needing volunteer opportunities. 

A new feature this year is that residents who volunteer for Beautification Day can obtain a free, one-year, resident membership ($25 value) to the Franklin Downtown Partnership. Membership offers discounts to a variety of businesses and a subscription to the Partnership’s newsletter. 

Volunteers with trucks are also needed to help pick up a few trays of flowers at 7 AM at Fairmount Fruit Farm, 887 Lincoln St. 

Contact Beautification Day Chairperson Eileen Mason ( to sign up to volunteer.

Volunteers plant flowers on the Main Street bridge last spring
Volunteers plant flowers on the Main Street bridge in May 2015

For additional information on the Franklin Downtown Partnership

This was shared from the Downtown Partnership page

Stories in Stone Walls - Apr 28

Brought to you by Stony Brook Wildlife in conjunction with the Franklin Cultural Council

Join us for a free walk at the Franklin DelCarte Recreation and Conservation Area, Saturday, April 28, starting at 11:30 a.m. Led by Doug Williams, a conservation biologist and the Director of Stony Brook, we will start with an interactive presentation focused on how and why the stone walls rose to importance in the New England landscapes. We will then walk to have a “hands on” encounter with stone walls at DelCarte itself.

Please meet at the Pleasant St. park entrance by the playground. Call Stony Brook at 508-528-3140 with any questions.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Franklin Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Stories in Stone Walls - Apr 28
Stories in Stone Walls - Apr 28

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Live reporting: Consent Agenda - through to Executive Session

7. Consent Agenda

a. Approval of Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from the April 10, 2018 School Committee Meeting.

b. Budget Transfers
I recommend approval of the budget transfers as detailed.

c. Davis Thayer Gift
I recommend acceptance of the anonymous donation of a $50.00 Visa Gift Card for Supplemental Supplies at Davis Thayer.

d. Music Parents Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $2,150.00 from Various Music Parents for in-house enrichment for the Music Department.

e. Parmenter Donations
I recommend acceptance of the following gifts/checks totaling $585.00 for supplemental supplies at Parmenter Elementary School.

  • Anonymous Gift Card $50.00
  • Staff Member donation $50.00
  • PCC Gift 485.00

f. Surplus Math Books
I recommend declaring the list of math books from Horace Mann Middle School as surplus.

g. J.F. Kennedy Gift
I recommend acceptance of three checks totaling $1,840.02 from the JFK PCC for field trips and supplies as detailed.

h. Oak Street Gift
I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $2,097.50 from the Oak Street PCC for field trips and in-house enrichment as detailed.

i. Franklin High School Scholarship
I recommend acceptance of a check for $1,250.00 from various donors for the Paul Castelline scholarship.

j. Solutions Program Gifts
I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $1,000.00 as follows:

  • $500.00 Middlesex Savings Bank – In-House Enrichment
  • $500.00 Franklin Cultural Council - Supplemental Curriculum Materials

motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

8. Payment of Bills Dr. Bergen

9. Payroll Mrs. Douglas

10. Correspondence

motion to enter into Executive Session, not to return to open meeting
seconded, passed 7-0

Live reporting: Information Matters

5. Information Matters 

a. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports 
presented to FinComm tonight, next up to Town Council May 16-17

Community Relations
next meeting May 11
working to prepare for a Franklin TV appearance


Public Schools Advocacy
day at the hill on Weds, Apr 25
bill dies in the consolidation process for the revision to the foundation budget

Ad Hoc Superintendent’s Evaluation
covered earlier

b. School Committee Liaison Reports 

Joint PCC

Substance Abuse Task Force

School Wellness Advisory Council [SWAC]
May 8

School Start Committee

6. New Business 
a. To discuss any future agenda items
presentation on transition program for Special Education
maybe policies coming from Policy subcommittee

Live Reporting: Discussion / Action Items - Discussion Only (Superintendent Evaluation)

3. Discussion / Action Items
a. Professional Development Request
I recommend approval of the professional development request as discussed.

motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

4. Discussion Only Items a. Superintendent’s Evaluation

important step in the educational evaluation process
publicly acknowledge that much of the work is actually being done by Central Office, principals, etc.  it is really the work of a lot of different people

Superintendent Evaluation document (within it contains links) to other evidence

screen grab of evidence doc
screen grab of evidence doc
long and thorough listing of goals and evidence for them on the work done to date
acknowledgement along the way (as indicated at the beginning) that not all of it was by her, much of it was done by others

Live Reporting: School Committee - April 24, 2018

Present: Feeley, Linden, Douglas, Scofield, Bergen, Schultz, Zub
Absent: none

1. Routine Business
a. Review of Agenda

Full agenda can be found online

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

almost 90 students took trip to Washington, DC to perform
2 from DECA competing at Nationals, both finished in Top 10
Airmen of Note Performing next Monday
Spring sports finally outside;
graduation preparations underway, it will be here before we know it

d. Superintendent’s Report
April vacation last week, welcome back
active time in our schools
3rd annual Empty Bowls dinner on May 1, supporting the food pantry
between 6 and 8 PM, talk at 6:45 PM
ceramic bowls available for attendees

administrative searches, more applied than needed
notifications of selections coming Friday, Apr 27
half day May 4, professional day scheduled

4 snow days, 2 additional days at Keller/Sullivan
so last day June 20 (Jun 22 for (Keller/Sullivan)

2. Guests / Presentations
a. Update on Communication and Values (DIP 4  DIP 3) – Dr. Sara Ahern

Update on Communication and Values (DIP 4  DIP 3) – Dr. Sara Ahern
Update on Communication and Values (DIP 4  DIP 3) – Dr. Sara Ahern

screen grab of slide presentation #1
screen grab of slide presentation #1 

A World of Difference program expanding to high school next year
administrative team going to conference for training
core value development scheduled for summer retreat and more

screen grab of slide #2, strategy being built upon entry plan
screen grab of slide #2, strategy being built upon entry plan
slide on next steps
slide on next steps for goal #3
work on explicit bias this year, working on implicit bias next year

communications highlights
communications highlights

the new school start times advisory committee is underway to develop recommendations 

early preview of the new schools website
early preview of the new schools website
last slide from presentation (except for Q&A)
last slide from presentation (except for Q&A)

discussion on the School Committee involvement in the strategy and planning; possible workshop for summer time to get into

May Events At The Franklin Historical Museum

ArtWeek continues at the Franklin Historical Museum with the last 3 performances and presentations, as we proudly participate in this year’s state wide event sponsored by the Mass Cultural Council.

Enjoy a delightful firsthand account of various exploits and travel misadventures abroad with musical conductor and Franklin resident Jon Mitchell’s humorous presentation ‘NOW YOU CAN TAKE OFF YOUR CLOTHES’ – Anecdotes of an American Conductor in Europe. A slide presentation and original professional recordings highlight this light-hearted musical and visual presentation. Bring your sense of humor Thursday evening, May 3 at 6:30 PM.

NOTABLE BLEND, a women’s barbershop chorus, performs Saturday, May 5 at Noon. You’ll love the sounds of this a cappella group as you learn about 4 part harmony and experience their shared passion for singing. This performance is one of two by Notable Blend as part of ArtWeek. They’ll perform a second show later in the afternoon at the Franklin Public Library. This performance is supported by a grant from the Franklin Cultural Council.

Sunday, May 6 is an opportunity to experience KAI OLSSON ART AND MUSIC. Kai’s original art and original music will be combined in this presentation starting at 1:00 PM. View his mixed media acrylics, water colors and pencil sketches of landscapes, nature, portraits and surreal art. Listen to original recordings as well as live guitar and vocal performances. This event is supported by a grant from the Franklin Cultural Council.

Our Second Sunday Speaker Series continues on May 13 with noted local historian and author JAMES C. JOHNSTON JR. We are pleased to have Jim speak on the topic of the OLIVER POND HOUSE IN CONTEXT, its story and its history. Lifelong Franklin resident, Jim’s roots in Franklin go very deep. Long time public official, former Franklin High School history teacher and owner of Johnston Antiques, Rare Coins and Appraisal Service, Jim is an interesting and entertaining speaker. Don’t miss this chance to hear him speak on the topic of the historic Oliver Pond Home that he has lived in all his life. The presentation begins at 1:15 PM.

Coming in June, our Summer Bridal Gown Exhibit!

The museum is open Saturday mornings 10 AM-1 PM, Sunday afternoons 1 PM-4 PM and Thursday evenings 5 PM-8 PM. We’re located at 80 West Central Street, admission is always free and we’re wheelchair accessible.

May Events At The Franklin Historical Museum
May Events At The Franklin Historical Museum
You can also visit the Historical Museum on the web at   

or on Facebook at

“Tools for the Aging (or Just Smart) Gardeners" - Garden Club Meeting - May 1

“Tools for the Aging (or Just Smart) Gardeners" will be the focus of the Tuesday, May 1, 2017, meeting of the Franklin Garden Club. The meeting will take place at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. The meeting is open to the public, including those interested in becoming a member of the Garden Club.

Mary Arnberg, a Massachusetts Lifetime Master Gardener, will show and discuss 15 actual tools that she uses to make gardening easier, enjoyable, and effective. The tools range in price from very inexpensive to more costly types. Most can be purchased at nurseries or stores.

Arnberg cares for more than 600 hostas and 60 trees and shrubs on a half-acre in Bridgewater, MA, where she resides. She has spoken at Elm Bank, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society site, as well as at Tower Hill Botanic Garden and at garden clubs throughout New England.

The Franklin Garden Club, founded in 1987, is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts.

“Tools for the Aging (or Just Smart) Gardeners"  -  Garden Club Meeting - May 1
“Tools for the Aging (or Just Smart) Gardeners"  -  Garden Club Meeting - May 1

FHS baseball, softball, boys tennis and girls lacrosse post wins on Monday

Via HockomockSports and Twitter we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Monday, April 23, 2018.

Mansfield, 0 @ Franklin, 2 – Final 
– Franklin senior Jake Noviello was spectacular again, firing his second straight complete game shutout to help the Panthers edge Mansfield. Noviello allowed just one hit, walked four and had one strikeout to earn the win. Noviello took the no-hitter into the final inning before Mansfield’s Dan Saraceno had a base hit to lead off the seventh. Franklin scored a run in the third, and then again in the fourth. Jack Nally had a double and scored a run for Franklin, Alex Haba added an RBI double, Evan Wendell scored a run, and Colby Fitzgibbons had an RBI double. Mansfield sophomore John Carney allowed just one hit and two walks over 2.1 innings of work in relief.

Softball = Franklin, 8 @ Mansfield, 2 – Final
– Franklin scored two in the first inning, one each in the fifth and sixth innings, and then put the game away with four in the seventh. Emily Valentino picked up the win, while striking out 12 and allowing just five hits. Franklin coach Kate Fallon said that the Panthers played “solid defense,” including catcher Maggie Hobby, who also hit a two-run double in the seventh to extend the lead. Anna Balkus went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Kylie Bouzan was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored for the Panthers. Franklin finished with 14 hits as a team.

Girls Lacrosse = Franklin, 6 @ Natick, 5 – Final 
– Franklin sophomore Erin Walsh scored the game-winning goal inside the final minute to lift the Panthers to a win on the road at Natick. Erin Walsh and Annie Walsh each finished with two goals and one assist in the win. Kelsey MacCallum added two assists while Nicole Houlihan and Katie Jones each had one goal. The Panthers played well defensively, with Corinne Lewis grabbing two ground balls and forcing three turnovers. Sophomore Gianna Cameron made seven saves in net.

Boys Tennis = Franklin, 4 @ Mansfield, 1 – Final
– The Panthers won a pair of matches at singles and swept doubles play to beat Mansfield. Both of Franklin’s doubles teams overcame first set deficits to get the wins. Tyler DiPalma and Derek Wu rallied for a 6-7 (2-7), 6-2, 6-2 win at first doubles and Tony Calderone and Dan Angermeier came back with a 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 win. Freshman Liam Marr didn’t lose a game (6-0, 6-0) at second singles and Tyler St. Marie earned a 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 win at third singles. Mansfield’s Luke Nickerson won 6-1, 6-1 at first singles.

Girls Tennis = Mansfield, 4 @ Franklin, 1 – Final
– Mansfield picked up two wins in singles and swept doubles play to record a win on the road at Franklin. Senior Sarah Doyle didn’t drop a game in a 6-0, 6-0 win at first singles and Elizabeth Elsner earned a 6-0, 6-2 win at second singles for the Hornets. The team of Tessa Garufi and Hannah Podolske continued their strong start with a 6-2, 6-1 win at first doubles and sophomore Sam Sternberg and freshman Aryann Khosravani won 6-2, 6-4 at second doubles. Franklin senior Emmy Mahoney won 6-0, 6-1 at third singles for the Panthers.

For the other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Via the Twitterverse

2nd Annual Race for Recovery - May 6

The Peer to Peer Group and SAFE Coalition would like to invite you to their annual 5K Run!

This event is held to develop awareness around opioid addiction and to create a positive community event that highlights the incredible world of recovery.

All runners that sign up online will receive a shirt, SAFE Coalition garb, snacks, stress relief items and information on recovery.

Where: Remington Middle School
When: May 6, 2018
Cost: $20.00

Register online

2nd Annual Race for Recovery - May 6
2nd Annual Race for Recovery - May 6

Would you like to be a part of a Guinness World Record? - Go to McCoy Stadium - April 29


Blackstone Valley Tourism Council's long-time partners are trying to do something really cool...and they need your help!

In celebration of Navigant Credit Union winning 'The Best Place to Work' award for the third year in a row, they're doing something special.

Please join them as they attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Sing-Along of the song, "If You're Happy and You Know It."

The Voice's, Emily Luther, will be on hand to help them sing into the record books, and refreshments will be provided.

There is no cost to participate; both event entry and parking are free. If you would like to make a donation, all proceeds will go directly to the Special Olympics of Rhode Island.

WHAT: The world's largest sing-along with over 1,300 people. Tickets will be handed out at the event.

WHEN: Sunday, April 29, 2018, rain or shine
Stadium opens at 11:30 am
Record attempt at 1:00 pm

WHERE: McCoy Stadium
1 Columbus Ave
Pawtucket, RI 02860

WHY: Help us break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Sing-Along

*You're receiving this message because you've joined us on a Blackstone Valley Tourism Council event

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Broadway’s Tyler Hanes In Concert at THE BLACK BOX - Apr 27

THE BLACK BOX Broadway Series presents Tyler Hanes in concert on Friday, April 27 at 8 p.m. Hanes performs a solo one-night-only show at the downtown Franklin venue, following his starring role as Rum Tum Tugger in the highly acclaimed Broadway revival of Cats.

Tyler Hanes was only 17 when he was discovered by Ann Reinking, who cast him in the first national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical, Fosse. He attended Carnegie Mellon University for one year before making his 2002 Broadway debut in the Broadway revival of Oklahoma! He appeared in the original Broadway companies of Urban Cowboy, The Boy from Oz (with Hugh Jackman), and The Frogs (with Nathan Lane), as well as in the 2005 revival of Sweet Charity and as Larry in the original revival company of A Chorus Line. 
Broadway’s Tyler Hanes In Concert
Broadway’s Tyler Hanes In Concert

Tyler also appeared in the Broadway companies of Hairspray and the 2014 revival of On the Town. National tours include Fosse (first national) and The Will Rogers’ Follies (Will Rogers, Jr.), and he has extensive off-Broadway and regional credits. As a choreographer, Tyler’s work was featured in a Broadway medley starring Kristin Chenoweth on “Dancing with the Stars, as well as in Chenoweth’s Some Lessons Learned World Tour and “Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home" for PBS. Tyler is currently producing and starring in the upcoming dark comedy, Ms. Guidance.

Tickets are $45 (general seating) and $65 (premiere ticket with reserved table seating and one drink voucher). 

For tickets and more information, visit or call (508) 528-3370. 

The home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company, THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 West Central Street. Childs Engineering Corporation is THE BLACK BOX Broadway Series sponsor.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Franklin Public Schools: Summary of Reductions and Efficiencies (prior to FY 2019)

Summary of Reductions and Efficiencies

FY 2018
● Balance budget using revolving funds
● Depart from SC guidelines as to use of Circuit Breaker funds
○ Use funds in fiscal year rather than bank funds

FY 2017
● Balance budget using revolving funds
● Depart from SC guidelines as to use of Circuit Breaker funds
○ Use funds in fiscal year rather than bank funds

FY 2016
Reduction of K-5 teachers due to declining enrollment
● Implement online payments of officials in athletic department
● Expand online ticket sales for athletic events
● Balance budget using revolving funds
● Depart from SC guidelines as to use of Circuit Breaker funds
o Use funds in fiscal year rather than bank funds

FY 2015
● Competitive bid pricing for purchase of devices / chrome books and laptops
● Implementation of breakfast program
● Reebok BOKS Program
● Transition to Tufts Insurance - same benefits at lower cost
● Copier/Printer solutions at FHS

FY 2014 Efficiencies
● Collective Bargaining Agreements with all support personnel/Sustainable
Agreements over three years
● Partnership with Hockomock YMCA - successful grants to support Wellness
● Partnerships with Dean College
● Hired Van Pool to take over special education transportation

FY 2013
Collective Bargaining Agreement with FEA - sustainable contract over four years

FY 2012
● Partnership with FHS and Dean College Fine Arts program
● DESE Educator Evaluation grant for professional development and HR audit

FY 2011
● Eliminated contractual services for OT/PT through a third party and hired
● MASBO Transportation audit
● Food Service- Privatized Management / WHITSONS

FY 2010 Reductions
Eliminate K-12 Librarians 4 positions - no librarians at any school
Eliminated 1 Assistant Principal HS
● Replaced 4 PE/Health Teacher’s with ELA, Math, Science, Sped Teachers
Reduced Health /PE classes
● Stimulus Funds Used to supplement other positions
HS schedule change from 7 period day to 6 period - impact students have fewer Course offerings- narrowed curriculum equates to less competitive academic program at HS
Eliminated Latin at MS - all students take Spanish (could not find teachers
however it facilitated equitable scheduling across all three schools)

FY 2009 Reductions
Eliminated 1 Assistant Principal at HS
Eliminated 1 Administrator /Assistant Special Education Director
Eliminated 45 Teaching Positions
  • High School 17 positions
  • Middle School 12.5 positions
  • Elementary 15 positions and 4 specialist teachers reduced from Full -time to Part-time

Reduced Extracurricular Clubs and activities by 1/3
Increased Pay to Ride Bus Fee
Increased Building Use Fees to offset administrative costs

FY 2008 Reductions
Eight Custodians
One HS Administrative Liaison
1.5 Educational Assistants (FHS and Brick School)
Fourteen Professional Teaching Positions
  • Three Technology Curriculum Integration Teachers
  • Three MS Health/PE Teachers
  • One MS School Adjustment Counselor
  • Seven Elementary Teachers
1 Technology Administrator
1 Special Education Coordinator
● K-5 Coordinator Stipends (Tech, Science, Spanish)
Eliminated Core Curriculum Teams
Reduction of HS substitute teacher budget
Reduction of Facilities cost / Brick School - grant funded
● Extracurricular Fees Implemented $25/student at HS and MS levels
Increase HS Athletic Fee to $125
Increase Pay to Ride Transportation Fee by $25
NEASC Dues Elementary and Middle Schools – let accreditations lapse
● Reduction in general supply budget at all levels

FY 2007 Reductions
● Three Trades Personnel (Carpenter, Plumber and Electrician) transferred out of
School budget to Town budget
● One Educational Assistant position eliminated
● Supply budgets reduced at schools

FY 2006 Reductions
Elimination of weekend security for all school facilities
● Elimination of Facilities summer job program for Franklin youth
● Two Central Office positions (Title I Coordinator, Assistant Director of Finance)
● Two Custodial positions eliminated
● Elimination of French language instruction at Middle Schools
● Reduction of Professional Development budget

FY 2005 Reductions
● Reduction in general supplies and maintenance supplies for the schools
Reduction in Professional Development
● Elimination of a Foreign Language position
● Assumed $100,000 in trash costs from the Town

FY 2004 Reductions
Twenty-One Teaching Positions eliminated
● Limited public access to schools on weeknights and weekends
Bus fees increased to older students and those living within 2 miles
● Reduction in Technology budget
Increased student-athlete fees
Increased school lunch cost to cover cost of health insurance for Cafeteria
Staff-had been paid for by Town
Reduction in budget for materials and supplies
● Eliminate budget for purchase of textbooks (2004-Present textbooks purchased through Capital Funds voted by the town or from supply budgets)

FY 03 Reductions
No additional staff hired – enrollment up 400 students
● Supply and equipment purchases curtailed
● MS guidance program eliminated
● Building Use fees implemented in 2003
● Athletic fees increased
● Pay-to-Ride Transportation initiated
● PCC’s funded more programs, athletics and extracurricular activities
All Field Trips funded by PCC’s
Six elementary positions in Health/PE in elementary cut
● Elementary Health eliminated from curriculum
● Elementary PE reduced from twice to once a week
● Six middle school positions eliminated, reducing that program by 1/3
● Two elementary Music positions eliminated
● Elimination of the 4th grade Instrumental Music Program
● One middle school Music position eliminated
● Two elementary Spanish positions eliminated
● Elementary Spanish instruction reduced from twice to once a week
● Two middle school Science specialist positions eliminated
● One 6th grade teaching position cut at Remington, increasing class size
● Five middle school Educational Assistant positions cut
● One HS Special Education Teacher eliminated, increasing class size
● One HS Reading/English Teacher eliminated

This listing was copied from the Budget Documents prepared for the October 10, 2017 School Committee budget workshop

Franklin Public Schools: Summary of Reductions and Efficiencies (prior to FY 2019)
Franklin Public Schools: Summary of Reductions and Efficiencies (prior to FY 2019)