Franklin School Committee News

Community Relations Sub-Committee

Spring Update from School Committee

This is the 3rd issue of the newsletter from the Franklin School Committee Community Relations Sub-Committee. Our committee has three members: Denise Schultz (Chair), Anne Bergen and Vanessa Bilello.

As part of our committee's mission, we are looking for ways to communicate more effectively with our community members and stakeholders. Feedback encouraged.

This newsletter is a collaborative effort from Denise, Anne and Vanessa. It does not express the views of the full School Committee.

We hope you enjoy this Spring update. We have been busy since our last newsletter and want to bring you up to speed on the past few months of activity and give you a preview of the next few months to come, with our new Superintendent transitioning to her position here in Franklin.

Superintendent Search Update

We are so pleased that Dr. Sara Ahern will be joining us on July 1, 2017 as our new Superintendent. We thank Dr. Maureen Sabolinski for her years of service in Franklin, and for her remarkable contributions to the Franklin Public Schools. As we embark upon the next phase in the district, we are working on a transition plan (already underway) and as a school committee, are reflecting upon best practices and strengthening our processes going forward. Pictured below, Dr. Sara Ahern shaking Dr. Kevin O'Malley's hand upon signing her contract to become Superintendent of Schools in Franklin.
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Unveiling of Horace Mann Statue

Kevin O'Malley, Chair of the Franklin School Committee, gave remarks during the ceremony to commemorate the unveiling of the new Horace Mann Statue. It was a beautiful day and there was a wonderful showing of support from the community of this new addition to our downtown gateway. Pictured below with the statue, left to right: Denise Schultz, Anne Bergen, Kevin O'Malley.
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As part of the Franklin School Committee’s ongoing review of its policies, the Policy Subcommittee is considering changes to its Homework Policy. In order to inform their decision making, it is important to solicit feedback from parents and community regarding the language of the proposed policy. The Policy Subcommittee of the Franklin School Committee will host a parent/community forum for the purposes of soliciting feedback regarding the proposed policy.

Parent or community members interested in providing feedback may attend an open meeting from 7:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in the Training Room on the 3rd Floor of the Franklin Municipal Building located at 355 East Central Street in Franklin.

For parents who wish to provide feedback but are unable to attend the meeting during this busy time of year, we are providing a survey option will remain open until June 6.

To access the survey:


The Franklin Public Schools recognize the value of purposeful homework in reinforcing and extending learning and providing families an opportunity to better understand the academic work of their child.

Professional staff are charged with:

  • Developing meaningful and relevant homework assignments that are aligned with work in the classroom
  • Clearly explaining the purpose and educational objective of each assignment and identifying the expectations for learning outcomes
  • Ensuring that homework assignments suit the needs of individual learners by providing work that is developmentally appropriate and personalized as needed
  • Determining the appropriate amount and frequency of homework
  • Providing feedback to students on homework that is intended to improve student learning

Professional staff in grades 6-12 are encouraged to consult with each other regarding planning of homework and projects to ensure the workload is manageable for students.

Homework should be only used as a learning tool, may not be used for punishment, and students should not lose privileges, including recess, for not completing homework.

Budget Subcommittee Update - FY18 Budget Passed

On Thursday, May 25, the Franklin Town Council passed the proposed FY18 budget for the town, including funding of the school system. Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski presented the school budget to the Town Council at the budget hearing on Wednesday, May 24, with a majority of the school committee present in support of the FY18 budget. A summary of this budget can be found at this link.

Monthly Business Meeting Dates - 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 7 pm, Franklin Town Hall

June 13, 2017

June 27, 2017

July 18, 2017

August 8, 2017

August 22, 2017

Come have Coffee with us!

We have enjoyed meeting many of you at our monthly coffee meetings! Think of these coffee meetings as our "office hours" to come and discuss broad school-related issues with us. We synthesize your ideas and/or concerns, and have them addressed through the appropriate channel and will do our best to have them updated at a future presentation at a school committee meeting. We ask that you do not bring concerns about a particular student to these meetings. The meetings are a group conversation and have been quite productive. Stay tuned for more opportunities for engagement in the coming months!

Join us:

Friday, June 9, 2017, 9 am at the Franklin Senior Center

We hope to see you there!

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How to contact us!

We welcome your input - in person at one of our monthly "coffee" meetings, or via email. You can reach us at the following addresses:

Denise Schultz:

Anne Bergen:

Vanessa Bilello: