Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - April 23, 2019

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.”

1. Routine Business
a. Review of Agenda
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
d. Superintendent’s Report

2. Guests / Presentations
a. none

3. Discussion / Action Items
a. FY20 Revised Budget Reduction List
I recommend the School Committee adopt the Revised Budget Reduction List as detailed.

Budget memo

Revised budget

b. FY20 Revised Salary Budget
I recommend adoption of the FY2020 Revised Salary Budget as part of the total FY2020 Revised Budget of $64,500,000.00 as discussed.

c. FY20 Revised Expenditure Budget
I recommend adoption of the FY2020 Revised Expenditure Budget as part of the total FY2020 Revised Budget of $64,500,000.00 as discussed.

4. Discussion Only Items
a. 2019-2020 School Committee Meeting Schedule - Draft
b. School Start Times Discussion

5. Information Matters
a. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports (e.g. Budget; Community Relations; Policy; Transportation; Public Schools Advocacy; Ad Hoc Superintendent’s Evaluation)
b. School Committee Liaison Reports (e.g. Joint PCC; Substance Abuse Task Force; School Wellness Advisory Council [SWAC]; School Start Times Advisory Committee [SSTAC], MASC) 

6. New Business
a. To discuss any future agenda items

7. Consent Agenda
a. Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from your April 9, 2019 School Committee Meeting as detailed.
b. Transfers
I recommend approval of the budget transfers as detailed.
c. JFK Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $1,900.00 from the JFK PCC for field trips as detailed.
d. Oak St. Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $1,450.50 from the Oak Street PCC for field trips & in-house enrichment as detailed.
e. Parmenter Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $1,337.50 from the Parmenter PCC for field trips as detailed.
f. ASMS Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $100.00 from Medtronic for in-house enrichment at ASMS as detailed.
g. Music Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $1,981.00 from Franklin Music Parents for in-house enrichment for the Music Department as detailed. 

8. Payment of Bills Dr. Bergen

9. Payroll Mrs. Douglas

10. Correspondence - none

11. Adjournment

The full packet of documents released for this meeting can be found online

Davis Thayer elementary school
Davis Thayer elementary school

Exploring Portugal - wine tasting - May 7

Exploring Portugal - wine tasting

Portuguese wines are one of the best values in the wine world today.
It's not just about port these days, so come experience something new in your glass.
Note: Participants must be 21 years of age

Cost: $25
May 7 = 7:00-8:30 PM
Workshops held at Franklin Liquors 363 East Central St, Franklin, MA
Franklin Liquors', Mark Lenzi, will be your guide

Register now  https://reg.abcsignup.com/

Exploring Portugal - wine tasting - May 7
Exploring Portugal - wine tasting - May 7

FHS girls lacrosse top Medfield 15-6

Via HockomockSportswe share the results of the FHS sports action on Monday, Apr 22, 2019

Girls Lacrosse = Franklin, 15 @ Medfield, 6 – Final
– Franklin raced out to a 10-3 lead at halftime and never looked back for a victory on the road at Medfield. Senior Annie Walsh had a team-high nine points, scoring five goals and adding four assists while junior Erin Walsh also scored five goals with two helpers. Annie Walsh and Stella Regan dominated draws for the Panthers, combining for 15 wins. Hailey Toolin and Sydney Hawkins played well defensively in front of Gianna Cameron (10 saves).

Boys Tennis = Stoughton @ Franklin – Postponed to a date and time to be announced.

Girls Tennis = Franklin @ Stoughton – Postponed to a date and time to be announced.

For the other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Reminder: Franklin Art Association - Meeting - May 1

The Franklin Art Association will meet on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street in Franklin. 

Refreshments and social time will begin at 6:30 PM, followed by a short business meeting and a demonstration by Dave Kaphammer, a pastel artist whose work has received a number of awards from the Post Road Art Center, as well as the Pastel Society of New Hampshire and the Connecticut Pastel Society.

FAA meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month, September through May, and are free and open to the public. For more information log on to www.franklinart.org

Franklin Art Association - Meeting - May 1
Franklin Art Association - Meeting - May 1

Tri-County NASA-HUNCH Team Designs Device to Travel to Space

Three students in the Engineering Technology Program and their instructor at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School traveled to Houston, TX last week from April 15 through April 17, 2019 to present a device they designed to NASA engineers and astronauts as part of the HUNCH program.

High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware or HUNCH is an innovative school-based program that partners NASA at Johnson Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, Langley Research Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, Glenn Research Center, Kennedy Space Center, and AMES Research Center with high schools in states across the nation. The partnership involves students fabricating real-world products for NASA as they apply their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills as well as learning to collaborate and administer a project in teams and think creatively.

Five juniors Averi Ayre of North Attleboro; Katie Dion of North Attleboro; Colin Donoghue of Walpole; Eric Kugler of North Attleboro; and Jacob Lipson of Franklin designed, The Tool Pouch, an organized tool storage box that they hope will be used to solve a tool storage problem on the International Space Station. The project has made it to the Final Design and Prototyping Review scheduled at NASA’s Johnson Space Center at Rocket Park in Houston. If selected, their designs will likely be used by NASA astronauts in Space. This is the fourth year Tri-County’s team attended the event.

NASA began HUNCH 13 years ago with schools in Texas, and later expanded to some schools in the Midwest. In 2011, they added a school from the Northeast. NASA enlisted the help of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to identify the school, and they recommended Tri-County.

The Design and Prototyping HUNCH Program is a way for students of all skill levels to develop innovative solutions to problems posed by life on the International Space Station. Many of the projects are items personally requested by the International Space Station crew to help ease living conditions aboard the station, giving students the opportunity to really make an impact on the lives of astronauts. Other projects come from Flight Crew Systems and Operational groups at NASA that need more idea development.

Tri-County RVTHS, located at 147 Pond Street in Franklin, is a recipient of the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award and serves the communities of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham.
In photo from l-r are: Eric Kugler, Jacob Lipson, Katie Dion, Averi Ayre, Colin Donoghue, and Mrs. Magas
In photo from l-r are: Eric Kugler, Jacob Lipson, Katie Dion, Averi Ayre, Colin Donoghue, and Mrs. Magas

Reminder: Training closes the Municipal Building Weds Apr 24 from 8 to 11 AM

Franklin Municipal Building will be closed on Wednesday, April 24 from 8 AM to 11 AM for internal training

Franklin Municipal Building
Franklin Municipal Building

Monday, April 22, 2019

FPAC to present Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

On April 26 and 27 at 7:30 PM, the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) will present Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at THE BLACK BOX in downtown Franklin. The play examines the complexities of the marriage of a middle-aged couple, Martha and George. 

Late one evening, after a university faculty party, they receive an unwitting younger couple, Nick and Honey, as guests, and draw them into their bitter and frustrated relationship. The production stars Nick Paone, Hallie Wetzell, Lucas Melfi, and Amanda Dubois.

FPAC’s production stars Hallie Wetzell and Nick Paone of Franklin as Martha and George. Wetzell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Occidental College and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from New England Conservatory of Music. She serves as Vocal Director for the Franklin School for the Performing Arts and has appeared in many FPAC productions. A former Equity actor, Paone has been on the drama faculty at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts and an actor and director at FPAC since 2001. 

Amanda Dubois of Woonsocket, Rhode Island will play Honey. Dubois joined the Drama and Dance Faculty at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts in 2016. Returning to Franklin for the production is New York’s Lucas Melfi in the role of Nick. Melfi is a graduate of the Franklin School for the Performing Arts and has recently been featured in FPAC’s productions of Disney’s Newsies and The Nutcracker.

Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is sponsored by Rockland Trust and the Waters Corporation. Presented as part of ArtWeek in Franklin, the performances will include talkbacks with the cast of four, including director Nick Paone. For tickets and more information, visit www.theblackboxonline.com or call the box office at 508-528-3370.

FPAC to present Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
FPAC to present Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

What is the story with 278-280-300 West Central St?

On the Town Council agenda for the meeting Wednesday, April 24, 2019, there is an Executive Session scheduled to discuss two items, one of which is a current lawsuit concerning the Planning Board and developer Joel D’Errico around his proposal for property at 278-300 West Central St.

I went back into the Town and Franklin Matters archives to pull together the relevant meeting notes as the subject property was proposed for a zoning bylaw change in 2016, approved, and then is now under consideration for a proposal to change it back. In the middle of this is the long story (yes, settle in) and read along as the developer meets with the Planning Board several times in 2017 and into 2018 before being rejected and then attempts to comeback with a revised proposal later in 2018.

Why would these parcels get their zoning changed and now three years later be proposed to get their zoning changed back to what it was? Good question.

I did become interested when it came up for discussion during the March 13, 2019 Town Council meeting. My notes were captured as follows:

Zoning Bylaw Amendment 19-837: Zoning Map Changes from General Residential V to Single Family Residential IV, an area on or near West Central Street- Referral to the Planning Board (Motion to Refer Zoning Bylaw Amendment 19-837 to the Planning Board- Majority Vote (5)) 
Joel D'Errico with story on the proposal for the propertyAttny Cerel alerted the Council that there is a suit against the Planning Board and they should be cautious in their response to Mr D'Errico 
Mr Marguerite speaks in favor of the R5, he has a deal with Mr D'Errico 
motion to approve, seconded, passes 4-3 (simple majority due to the presence of 7)Hamblen, noDellorco, noKelly, noCasey, Jones, Mercer, Earls all yes

So the Zoning Bylaw Amendment 19-837 moved to the Planning Board for the second time. Let’s step back into 2016 and follow what happened to get us to this point.

Zoning Bylaw Amendment 16-753

Planning board meeting to review proposed Zoning bylaw amendment 16-753 and voted against it by 4-0

Public hearing at Town Council

From official Town Council Apr 27, 2016 meeting minutes

Zoning Bylaw change 16-753 was continued as first reading at Town Council Meeting May 11, 2016

From official TC Meeting May 11, 2019 minutes

Zoning Bylaw change 16-753 at second reading/vote to approve

TC Meeting May 25, 2016

After the zoning change is approved in May 2016, we find nothing in the Planning Board records until October 2016

Proposal for 278-280-300 West Central St

A discussion on the proposal with no vote or formal submittal at this time

A full year goes by before the proposal is officially brought forward

Planning Board - Initial hearing Oct 30, 2017

Planning Board hearing continued Dec 4, 2017

Planning Board hearing continued Dec 18, 2017

Planning Board hearing continued Jan 22, 2018

Planning Board hearing continued Feb 5, 2018

Planning Board hearing continued Feb 26, 2018

Planning Board hearing continued on March 12, 2018

Planning Board hearing continued to April 9, 2018 for site density study

Hearing continued to April 23, 2018 for full hearing, at which the hearing is closed

Nothing until the June 18 meeting, and a schedule for vote at July 9, 2018 meeting

Planning Board vote on special permits July 9, 2018 meeting denies Special Permits

Planning Board September 10, 2018 meeting - discussion on re-submitting as there have been ‘substantial and material’ changes

Planning Board September 24, 2018 meeting - further discussion on whether it can be resubmitted

Planning Board October 15, 2018 meeting further discussion and request to submit, no decision without a submittal

Planning Board January 7, 2019 meeting - item resubmitted, public hearing opened

Planning Board January 28, 2019 - hearing continued, then voted against allowing the resubmittal

Zoning Bylaw Amendment 19-837
Current proposal to change subject property from SFR V back to SFR IV in 2019

First meeting of referral to Planning Board March 13, 2019

See my notes as reported in the beginning of this story.

The Planning Board was scheduled to review this item per their April 8, 2019 agenda

There are no published minutes for the Planning Board meetings after January 2019.

What is the story with 278-280-300 West Central St?
What is the story with 278-280-300 West Central St?

FHS Unified Track meet scheduled for April 25

First FHS Unified Track meet for this season is scheduled for April 25

FHS Unified Track meet scheduled for April 25
FHS Unified Track meet scheduled for April 25

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Franklin ArtWeek Schedule - Tickets available for Taste of ArtWeek

While ArtWeek kicks off in earnest on Saturday, April 27 with the Taste of ArtWeek on the Town Common and Hayward Manor, the first events are actually scheduled for Friday, April 26.

Craft details for the Taste of ArtWeek

Food truck, beer garden and entertainment schedule

Taste of ArtWeek is intended to give attendees a "taste" of what ArtWeek is all about. Food truck tickets are $20 for four items for adults and $10 for two items for kids. Tickets can be purchased at www.randomsmile.org/festival.

The full schedule for ArtWeek can be found here

You can also find all the individual events on the Franklin Community Calendar. The Cultural Council has integrated their calendar to enable this 'community view'   https://www.franklinmatters.org/p/blog-page.html

The Cod Squad's award-winning seafood from Captain Marden's - one of several food trucks to participate in Taste of ArtWeek
The Cod Squad's award-winning seafood from Captain Marden's -
one of several food trucks to participate in Taste of ArtWeek

Franklin, MA: Town Council - April 24, 2019 - Agenda

The published agenda and documents for the Franklin Town Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, 2018

(Note: where there are active links in the agenda item, it will take you to the associated document)

You can also find the full set of documents in one PDF

Agenda ItemSummary
Town Council Meeting Agenda
Meeting of April 24, 2019

a. This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast Channel 11 and Verizon Channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by others.

a. Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to five minutes on a matter that is not on the agenda.  The Council will not engage in a dialogue or comment on a matter raised during Citizen Comments. The Town Council will give remarks appropriate consideration and may ask the Town Administrator to review the matter.

April 10, 2019
Swearing in of Police Officers
Old Meeting House on Washington Street Discussion

a. Capital Budget Subcommittee
b. Budget Subcommittee
c. Economic Development Subcommittee

Bylaw Amendment 19-841: Municipal Service Fees- Ten Day Recycling Sticker- 1st Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 19-841 to a 2nd Reading- Majority Vote (5))

S&P Bond Rating

Collective Bargaining: All Municipal Units
Pending Litigation: Litigation Challenging  Current GR-V Zoning at 278-300 West Central Street


old South Meeting House on Washington St
old South Meeting House on Washington St

Both FHS boys and girls lacrosse teams post wins on Saturday

Via HockomockSportswe share the results of the FHS sports action on Saturday, Apr 20, 2019

Boys Lacrosse = Franklin, 17 @ Lexington, 7 – Final
– Franklin sophomore Matt Lazzaro accounted for 10 points, pacing the Panthers to a win on the road over Lexington. Lazzaro scored seven goals and added three assists, junior Jake Davis scored twice and had three helpers, junior Ben Greco scored one goal and had two assists, and senior Will Harvey chipped in with a pair of goals and one assist. Senior Will Davis turned away 16 shots in net while senior Jacob Alexander won 25-of-30 faceoffs.

Girls Lacrosse = Franklin, 11 vs. Lincoln-Sudbury, 4 – Final
– Annie Walsh, Erin Walsh and Kelsey MacCallum each recorded hat tricks and Franklin played what head coach Kristin Igoe Guarino called its best defensive game of the season to secure a win against D1 East rival L-S. Freshmen Jackie O’Neil and Kate O’Rourke also had goals for the Panthers, while goalie Gianna Cameron came through with a number of big saves. The Panthers jumped out to a 5-1 lead at halftime with Erin Walsh scoring twice in the final 2:27 to extend the advantage. The Panthers pulled away with a quick start to the second half, twice extending the lead to as many as eight goals.

Click here for a Photo Gallery from this game.

For the other results around the Hockomock League

Erin Walsh looking to move on her defender (HockomockSports.Com Photo)
Erin Walsh looking to move on her defender (HockomockSports.Com Photo)

SAFE Coalition Run/Walk Race for Recovery 5K - Apr 28

The SAFE Coalition Run/Walk Race for Recovery 5K is a community event aimed at decreasing stigma, highlighting recovery, and promoting awareness around the disease of Substance Use Disorder! 

All proceeds will fund the SAFE Coalition Peer to Peer High School program!

Where: Remington Jefferson Schools
When: April 28, 2019  9:00 AM

Register online

SAFE Coalition Run/Walk Race for Recovery 5K - Apr 28
SAFE Coalition Run/Walk Race for Recovery 5K - Apr 28
For more about the Safe Coalition, visit their webpage

Follow the event on Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/events/850832055279820/

“It’s not right. It’s not fair. They’re taking away things we’ve already earned”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Tom Rogers, a striking shop steward at Stop & Shop, said customers at the grocery chain’s 235 Old Connecticut Path location have been few and far between. And when customers do approach the store, pickets encourage them to shop elsewhere. 
“We try to engage the customer and tell them what we’re fighting for, and tell them to support us by not crossing the picket line,” said Rogers, 39, of Natick, on Friday afternoon, the ninth day that about 31,000 employees from five unions at Stop & Shop have been on strike. 
Rogers, who has worked for the Quincy-based grocery chain for 20 years, added that he and his colleagues have managed to convince most customers to rethink where to shop. 
“When they find out what the company’s trying to do, they’re pretty upset,” said head meat cutter Jackie Thomas, 60, of Waltham. “They’re just as upset as we are.”

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"Proud to stand again with my brothers and sisters from @UFCW Local 1445 at Stop & Shop in Franklin."
"Proud to stand again with my brothers and sisters from @UFCW Local 1445 at Stop & Shop in Franklin."

Fortune Mag puts Gov Baker in Top 50 of “World’s Greatest Leaders”

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

"A new Fortune Magazine list puts Gov. Charlie Baker among the company of actor Michael J. Fox, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and L.A. Rams head coach Sean McVay. 
Baker landed at No. 20 on Fortune’s list of the “World’s Greatest Leaders,” between Code2040 co-founder Tristan Walker and AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. 
“Baker’s approval ratings routinely land near 70 percent, a remarkable feat for a Republican leading a famously liberal state. He’s earned that favor with a quiet bipartisanship that feels almost foreign these days,” Fortune wrote of the Swampscott Republican who was elected to a second term in November with 67 percent of the vote. “A data-driven fixer - he previously led the turnaround of a health insurer - Baker has been effective in addressing the state’s opioid woes and issues with social services; he also signed a green energy bill last year.”
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You can find the full Fortune Magazine listing online

a screengrab of the full Fortune Magazine listing page
a screengrab of the full Fortune Magazine listing page