Franklin School Committee News

Community Relations Sub-Committee

Our first issue!

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the newsletter from the Franklin School Committee Community Relations Sub-Committee. The committee has three members: Denise Schultz (chair), Anne Bergen and Vanessa Bilello.


As part of our mission, we are looking for ways to communicate more effectively with our community members and stakeholders. We hope you'll take a moment to read our updates and let us know what you think!


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

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

December 13, 2016

January 10, 2017

January 24, 2017

February 14, 2017

February 28, 2017

March 14, 2017

March 28, 2017

April 11, 2017

April 25, 2017

May 9, 2017

May 23, 2017

June 13, 2017

June 27, 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:

Thursday, January 12, 2017, 7 pm

Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 7 pm

Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9 am


Location will be the conference room at the Franklin TV studio unless otherwise communicated. We post our coffee dates and locations in all local papers.

Superintendent Search Update

The full School Committee is engaged in the process of selecting our new Superintendent.


Updates to the selection process will be made at our January 10 and 24 meetings, to the extent that we have news to share.

Policy Sub-Committee Update

The past few months have been busy for the Policy Sub-Committee which is comprised of Mary Jane Scofield, Chair, Denise Schultz, and John Jewell. Peter Light is our administration liaison. While we are constantly reviewing the content of the Policy Manual (linked here), the policy that received the most attention over the past few months was the Dress Code policy. The Sub-Committee welcomed the opportunity for parents to provide input to the revised policy at a regularly scheduled meeting, and a Saturday morning meeting. With their help the policy was fine tuned, and presented to the full School Committee on 11/15/2016. The policy will be presented for second reading at the Tuesday, 12/13/2016 School Committee meeting. Once approved, the Dress Code policy will be adopted, and become part of the Policy Manual. Parents are reminded that the Principals set the building based guidelines for dress at their schools.


In the coming months the Sub-Committee will be reviewing policies relating to the new DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) guidelines regarding Opiod Education and Prevention, and Homework.

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: schultzd@franklin.k12.ma.us

Anne Bergen: bergena@franklin.k12.ma.us

Vanessa Bilello: bilellov@franklin.k12.ma.us