Friday, May 26, 2023
"Franklin’s Sarah Dumas is one of the state’s most seasoned indoor pentathletes, but Thursday’s Division 1 MIAA state championships at Merrimack College presented the junior with a new challenge: Could she replicate her success in the competition in an outdoor setting?Dumas answered the bell with ease, rolling to victory with 3,335 points with first-place finishes in the 100-meter hurdles (14.89 seconds), high jump, shot put (10 meters), and 800-meter dash (2:40.61).“She seems to rise to the occasion when it’s a big meet,” said Franklin coach Paul Trovato. “You can always count on Sarah coming through.”
Town Council approves FY 24 budget after 9 hours over 2 nights, plan for schools to get $700K more (video)
- Police to add to their staff to alleviate a scheduling issue that should help reduce the overtime cost and help moral by reducing the amount of forced overtime
- Fire adding to their staff to help provide a third ambulance for coverage during four days of peak call volume. The staff increase is partially offset by additional ambulance revenues
- Senior Center gets approval for a van driver for half the year as a step towards fulltime
- Town administration gets approval for a shift from an assistant town administrator to a Deputy Administrator along with a half year funding for an Arts & Culture Director
- The Franklin school budget gets an increase of approximately $700K over the $1.1m initially allocated. These funds will be part of a two resolution vote being scheduled for the June 7 Council meeting. 24 school personnel positions were cut this week by the School District to meet their expected budget shortfall of over $2M. Some of those are due to the continued declining enrollment, some of those can be restored with the additional funds being allocated. As was made clear a few times during the hearings, the Town Council only provides a line item of funding to the Schools. The School district and School Committee have the full responsibility for choices on how that money is spent
- The Joint Budget Subcommittee will begin meeting (schedule TBD) to work on a strategic plan to address the systemic issues across both the Town and Schools budget requirements. There was consensus on increasing the revenue. Some of the increase can come from a variety of measures (storm water fee, sewer rate increase, zoning changes to increase density, etc.) as well as consideration of a possible override ballot question. In order to get to the override question, the amount of increased revenue (i.e. property taxes revenue) needs to be explored and agreed to put before the taxpayers for their approval. There are already a number of increases planned (or expected) and that needs to be part of the consideration.
- storm water begins July 1, 2023
- sewer rate increase for next three years beginning July 1, 2023 to pay for the Beaver St interceptor replacement. Construction along RT 140 begins later this year
- possible debt exclusion for Tri-County RVTHS building replacement (amount expected in Aug 2023, vote anticipated in Oct 2023)
- water rate increase to pay for PFAS mitigations
- potential debt exclusion for renovation of Davis Thayer (DT) for town use (to make it ADA accessible). Decision on potential use anticipated by Dec 2023 from subcommittee appointed to determine recommendations
- potential debt exclusion for new Police station or renovation of existing, committee appointed and soon to begin work on this; their work will include the DT decision as applicable
- potential operational override to address systemic revenue issues
- Franklin TV recording of Wednesday's session
- Franklin TV recording of Thursday's session
|Town Council approves FY 24 budget after 9 hours over 2 nights|
|MIAA Executive Director's Report - May 25, 2023|
It's health and safety swimming week!
Recreational water illnesses (RWIs) affect 10 million people annually. They are are often linked to swimming in pools, hot tubs/spas, water parks, and splash parks. RWI's include gastrointestinal, skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic and wound infections.
Help prevent recreational water illnesses (RWIs) with the Steps of Healthy Swimming: http://go.usa.gov/cuV4W
|Franklin: Weekly Wellness Update - Help prevent recreational water illnesses|
Thursday, May 25, 2023
Franklin Public Schools Business Administrator Miriam Goodman Awarded a 2023 Friends of MASBO Award.
The Friends of MASBO award is given in recognition of individuals who have met one or more of the following criteria:
- Have made a significant contribution (including but not limited to pro-active involvement in the legislative process, the creation of a model program/procedure, the establishment of an exemplary standard or practice) that facilitated a process by which school business officials contribute to educating students in their districts;
- Have consistently, and on a long-term basis, provided significant assistance to MASBO in the implementation of its various functions and responsibilities; and/or
- Have provided assistance to MASBO in a way that exceeds expectations.
Superintendent Lucas Giguere and former Franklin Public School Superintendent Dr. Sara Ahern co-endorsed Goodman for the award, stating that "Miriam's expertise and collaborative approach has led the district into a new era of enhanced transparency of the Franklin School Budget with the development of an extensive, engaging (student-centered) budget book while developing the story of school funding in Franklin, so that stakeholders can better understand past trends and future needs in a clear and compelling way."
Notable moments in Goodman's tenure have included her support in transitioning school business operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic; including setting up grab and go meals in collaboration with our Food Services department, appropriately applying COVID-19 relief funds in an impactful way, as well as managing transportation services, providing insight during a redistricting analysis process.
After 15 years of dedicated service to the district and longstanding involvement with MASBO, the timing of this acknowledgment coincidentally concludes Goodman's career, as she is set to retire at the end of the 2022-2023 school year. Upon reflection, Franklin School Committee Chair Denise Spencer notes how "Miriam has truly blessed our district with her dedication, knowledge, work ethic, business finance savvy, friendship and sense of humor. She has always looked out for the best interest of Franklin Public School students and staff. We are grateful for the positive impact she has had in our district, and we will miss her."
|Franklin Public Schools Business Administrator Miriam Goodman Awarded a 2023 Friends of MASBO Award.|
The Town Council will meet on May 25, 2023 at 7pm.
You may access the agenda and links for the meeting here: https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/agendas/may_25_2023_town_council_agenda.pdf
|Town Council Meeting - May 25, 2023 - second budget hearing & budget vote|
Take steps to protect yourself and learn how to get out of dangerous situations.
Lifelong Community Learning is offering two classes this summer.
Find out more: https://t.co/GuWIug4gfa
|Lifelong Learning offers 2 self-defense classes this summer|
"New Date: The Class of 2023 reunion for our former Remdawgs has been rescheduled to Tuesday May 30th from 2-3 pm.
We hope to see you there! @FHSPantherbook @MrHanna_FHS @TriCountyRVTSD" https://t.co/p4crppfcUC
|Remington Middle School Class of 2023 reunion - May 30|
"social media can have 'a profound risk of harm to the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents'”
"Scrolling, posting, hoping to go viral — many children are absorbed by it nowadays. But is all that social media use harmful?The US surgeon general’s office said Tuesday it might be — and it’s time to take action to protect those young minds glued to their flickering screens.Here are five things to know about the surgeon general’s announcement:The surgeon general says there is growing evidence that social media is harmful for young people"
|Franklin (MA) Police share the weekly recap for May 14 - May 20|