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This is the area where MassBay RFP proposals will be accepted. Credit: Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance
Peter Ripin July 23, 2014 at 09:10 pm
Downtown definitely needs a new traffic plan but an integrated campus downtown would definitely be aRead More boost to our economy. I'd love to see the Memorial Building to Howard St. area turned into a mall like downtown Burlington VT with traffic routed around.
Renee Faubert July 24, 2014 at 06:53 am
There are already plans to re-vamp the traffic in downtown to alleviate many of the problems, andRead More the Town Manager is working towards a shift to Transit Oriented Development for downtown. This synchs well with all of those plans and would be a great boost to our town's economy in general. I am thrilled that Mass Bay will be in Downtown! Many of their students and faculty, as noted in the article, will be using public transportation so there will not be as much of an increase in traffic as one might suspect.
John Fitzmaurice July 24, 2014 at 10:37 am
As a former member of the Framingham Redevelopment Authority in the early 1970's and was interestedRead More in making the downtown area more viable for the community.....my thought too was a mall. Always.....the railroad was the problem until recently when the state was willing to assist. Now, we know why. "Hooray !!!". You can go to Burlington, Vt. to see the mall. But if that does not happen, go to Amherst, Mass. (Amherst College & UMass) and see a thriving community with their preserved historical buildings. Now, time will tell if it will happen.
A Framingham Patch reader submitted this photo of Framingham Schools Director of Building and Grounds Matt Torti and the School Department's Director of Business Administration Ed Gotgart presentation to Framingham Selectmen Tuesday night.
Nancy Donchin July 23, 2014 at 09:11 am
One week after I post about my concerns about the questionable decisions that have been made by Dr.Read More Scott and his administration and Framingham selectmen vote 4-1 against the school administration's request to lease the Perini building for its offices. I know that the school administration can make its offices function at King for one more year because it has been done there before with one grade on site. My concern is that the Scott administration has made what appears to be the wrong call once again. Myself and a number of other concerned citizens weighed in on this problem (crisis?) last week. This week its the MAJORITY of Framingham's selectmen handing down a rejection of a school administration request. Are Framingham residents really O.K. with these continuing issues with the Scott administration? I know I'm not, but I'm not quite sure how to best approach this situation. I do know, however, that if nothing is done, it's bound to continue, given the Scott administration's track record to date -- and Framingham deserves better.
Paulo Simes July 23, 2014 at 09:16 am
Couple thoughts here-A why are we thinking lease and not something more cost efficient and longRead More term? 300+ thousand a year seems like lot of money when you could use that to purchase a building and save the town money long term. Are we not going to need an administrative office in 6 years or 10 or 20 for that matter. B-This is 6 weeks away when these kid move into that building and there was no plan B after the Perini lease? You have to be kidding? I'm thinking who ever is in running the show should probably be asked to step down sooner than later. Oh wait there is no body running the show and that's why we have these problems. No ones in charge no one gets blamed that works great for the town I'm sure. Lastly if its an Administration office space they need and not classroom space why does the health and long term safety of children even matter? Its adults not children working in this space long term right or am I missing something? Final note, I'm glad it was 4-1 and not a 5-0 vote seems like a lot of the time these people act as one and don't want to rock the boat at all by standing out or going against the grain.
M C G July 23, 2014 at 09:44 pm
First the offices can stay where they are for this year so we have an entire year to figure outRead More where they need to go for next year. Since we own the Farley building, take some of that space back and put the offices in there. The only cost would be the "rent" we charge Mass Bay. Paulo I would not want even adults to work in a building that is unsafe for children to spend time in. Even if it is questionable or was questionable. My only other question is...in the photo...is Dr. Scott bored or being kept awake? This is important isn't it?
Framingham Patch file photo
maryelainesu July 18, 2014 at 07:01 am
I urge parents unhappy with this process to contact the members of the school committee and holdRead More them accountable for this superintendent's actions. Our elected officials should be more than a rubber stamp for the super, Selectmen should also be made aware of unhappiness, as the quality of the schools effects the entire town. Why would anyone with school age children want the huge turnover in personnel that Framingham has experienced since Dr. Scott was hired? Would you "choose Framingham" if you were not already here? Also, the people on the committee chosen to review the contracts should be public information. Who are they, how were they chosen, and do any of them use the after school programs?
Scott Wadland July 18, 2014 at 09:50 am
As an appointed member of another town board (EDIC) I can sympathize with the school administrationRead More when it comes to the complex and burdensome procurement process that the town must follow by law. But, I can only sympathize with them to a certain point. According to the explanation above, it was known two years ago (when the extensions were granted) that this re-bidding process would have to take place. Given this, why was the RFP not issued until the end of January? Was it substantially different from the RFP that went out before? Then, it took until the middle of May to put together an evaluation form? How could you issue an RFP and not know how you were going to evaluate it? Lastly, when I hear that they are "making the necessary changes ..." it sounds like a familiar, canned response. I wonder if anyone is actually going to keep track of this and make sure that it gets done? If you said something like that to your bosses, wouldn't they follow up on it? Mine certainly would!
Starr July 20, 2014 at 09:25 am
Another situation where Scott leaves his staff hanging out to dry while he sleeps through it.
David DelPrete July 17, 2014 at 08:08 pm
So many unhappy parents with the Superintendent, but yet the school committee rates him very highRead More and enter 3 yr contract negotiations starting at 200k. Makes you wonder who the school committee is serving.
Gina Fishman July 18, 2014 at 07:47 am
@David .... agreed.
Scott Wadland July 18, 2014 at 09:27 am
@David ... I can tell you who they should be serving - the people who elected them. So, what areRead More you (and other commenters here) going to do next April when SC elections come around?
Rob C July 17, 2014 at 04:40 pm
Biggest threat to kids in schools is a nut job with a bag full of weapons. Only way to have anyRead More successful defense against that is to have a select few teachers with weapons of their own that are willing to respond if such an incident were to happen. Throw them a little extra in the paycheck for the service they are providing. Much better to already have people on site ready to respond immediately and deal with the threat than to call police and wait 5 minutes for them to show, then another 5-10 minutes while they decide what to do and then end up just going in to clean up the mess when it is all done. The rest covered in the report is pretty basic and not sure why a committee had to be put together to discuss it.
Matt July 17, 2014 at 05:21 pm
Are you kidding Give teachers guns? I consider some of the teachers to be crazy.
Jason July 17, 2014 at 10:02 pm
We need ED-209's at every school.
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Steve Elias July 17, 2014 at 12:13 pm
Michael, I understand and apologized for that misunderstanding. Can you beat a dead horse more thanRead More once?.
Susan Petroni July 17, 2014 at 04:41 pm
Framingham Public Schools issued a press release at 4:25 p.m. today -- you can read it at this link:Read More http://framingham.patch.com/groups/schools/p/framingham-schools-issues-press-release-on-afterschool-contracts
Susan Petroni July 17, 2014 at 04:41 pm
FYI --Read More http://framingham.patch.com/groups/schools/p/after-a-decade-running-afterschool-care-at-brophy-metrowest-ymca-contract-now-renewed
Massachusetts was recognized for success in areas like high school graduation rates, postsecondary employment, and annual income. Credit: woodleywonderworks via Flickr
DynoMutt July 14, 2014 at 11:55 pm
Wait until the new arrivals from Guatemala are released from immigration detention and they findRead More their way to our schools. Did you hear of the new Lynn HS student. Gray hair, beard, does not speak a word of english? Not kidding folks. Just wait, your country is dying in front of your eyes.
DynoMutt July 14, 2014 at 11:58 pm
Now the rapists and murderers and gang members from Ecuador and Guatemala will be unleashed on theRead More population of MA in the coming months thanks to open borders. These Illegal petri dishes will soon be bringing back diseases which were eradicated in the US till late. Starting in the schools and working their way into your living rooms in no time. THANK YOU MR. OAFBAMA! THANK YOU!
Shanon Dahlstrom July 15, 2014 at 07:26 am
I'm glad to see more people are aware of Common Core and what comes with it. We could have debatedRead More the standards openly, like what was done during Ed Reform in the early 90s, but it was rushed through with minimal input and debate. The government pushed to add tons of strings to the standards (the testing (PARCC), teacher evalulations based on junk science of VAM, data mining of our children without our consent, waivers for No Child Left Behind), and no one who approved these standards for MA stopped and said...hhmmmmm, maybe we should find out what this costs or if these methods are proven. In fact, it is the opposite. I wish we could stop what is going on and have open and honest debate about the quality of the standards but the MA DESE seems bent on their agenda. Common Core Forum is working on stopping PARCC, creating legislation to stop Common Core and PARCC and help push education control back to local communities and parents. Look them up on Facebook and stay alert for current information, lobby days, and other meaningful agendas to help people across the state get us out from underneath Common Core and all of the strings.
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Mrsg214 July 14, 2014 at 11:07 am
I am curious as to how they are going to use the summer work to determine the placement of theRead More student in the advanced classes for grades 7 and 8 since students are put into those classes and have forms signed in June. Also if there is a decline in scores in grade six, does it make sense to eliminate advance math in sixth grade? And it sounds great to have all of these separate groups in one class, heterogeneously grouped, however there is still only one teacher to oversee all of this. Lastly I will add that I have two kids in the advanced math and neither were given or told about summer work before they left school in June. I had to write emails to the district to ask and have it sent to me. It also is not posted on their schools website. How would they know about it if the Patch did not do articles like this? Communication from schools remains a problem at some schools!
Laura Buck July 14, 2014 at 05:03 pm
My son is going into Algebra 1 for 8th grade at Walsh and we were notified about the summer workRead More with a letter that accompanied his report card, which we received right after school ended.
Mrsg214 July 15, 2014 at 10:46 pm
The summer work is also posted on Walsh's website. Summer reading and math. Not on the otherRead More middle schools!
Perini Building, 73 Mount Wayte Ave. Credit: RW Holmes.com
mostmoderateD July 9, 2014 at 03:27 pm
Asbestos ? PCB's ?
Keith Nelson July 9, 2014 at 04:52 pm
A few offices? I suspect running a school district requires more space than just a few offices.Read More It's not as if they they could take a section of Nevins Hall and put up a couple of partitions.
Laura Buck July 11, 2014 at 02:12 am
Am curious..how much did it cost to renovate the King Building in order to house the offices there?Read More How much has been spent in total for the last five years for admin office moves and renovations, given they seem to move frequently and renovations take place each time?
Framingham Patch file photo
Lucinda Bradley July 9, 2014 at 06:51 pm
Just wondering, who will be the official employer of the Associate Principal? Will it be the Town ofRead More Framingham or will it be the Framingham School Committee?
Savannah Williams of Framingham was awarded honorable mention at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School's annual Science Fair. Credit: courtesy
Mrsg214 June 26, 2014 at 12:49 am
College-prep classes that challenge her. Do the also have advanced math classes to challenge her?Read More Multiple intelligences also used to challenge students... What a great concept!
Credit:Common Core
TSC June 24, 2014 at 08:46 pm
This is RIDICULOUS! How absurd? Once again, we are normalizing our students. Take everyone andRead More make them the same. In my opinion, this will have a very negative impact on the students who come into middle school strong in math. I can tell you that differentiation requires a lot from a teacher, and they have so much on their plates as it is with PARCC and the Common Core. It is too much, and it will be hard to prevent those at the extremes (either below grade level or above) from falling through the cracks. We were going to go to our public middle school, but now I will seriously consider Charter.
Joy Gilman Greenwald June 25, 2014 at 07:28 am
My daughter has been struggling with too slow math this year... In third grade. It is killing herRead More enthusiasm for math. The only reason it wasn't an issue last year was that the teacher made an effort to offer her differentiated, changing work. Her best friend struggles with the basics, like place value. Tracking is a GOOD thing. It gets students what they need. Natick offers Algebra in 7th. I was hoping to see that offering implemented at Walsh, as it is at McAuliffe. (For students who are truely ready. Pushing kids too fast is detrimental to their learning.). Eliminating the option of advanced math hurts everyone by creating classes is which the teacher either has to choose to teach to the middle and ignore the ends of the spectrum or slow everyone down to the base level.
Scott Wadland June 25, 2014 at 10:54 am
And where are our elected representatives (the School Committee) in all of this? Getting ready forRead More their summer vacation (as if there aren't enough issues for them to work on over the summer)? As Susan reported, this change was never even discussed by them. Were they aware of what was going on? Or have they given Dr. Scott and his "leadership" team free reign to do whatever they want with our kids' education? Going into the summer I fear that folks will start to forget about all of the debacles of the past school year, but I hope that folks remember in the future when School Committee elections come around!
Credit: Framingham.k12.ma.us
Framingham's Mayor June 24, 2014 at 06:17 pm
I noticed the new super and all the changes and new hires especially his ol pals from drakut MaRead More don't work out..so much has gone wrong and his need for money is scary
Massachusetts' teen drivers are among the safest in the nation. Photo Credit: Flickr/StateFarm
Christine Millerick June 23, 2014 at 10:09 am
This is great news...congratulations to our Massachusetts teens! Safe driving will lead to betterRead More rates on your auto insurance, as will good grades (usually B or better) Would you like a quote from a local, Trusted Choice agent? http://elliotwhittier.com/get-a-quote-personal/ Thanks and keep driving safe!
Susan Petroni June 20, 2014 at 10:15 am
Dozens of new photos just added. More to post later today.
Susan Petroni June 20, 2014 at 01:42 pm
Just added dozen more photos. I'll add more later.
Susan Petroni June 20, 2014 at 11:23 pm
The last of the photos were added. Congrats to the class of 2014!
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Nick Low June 21, 2014 at 11:15 am
If you think no one ever had a problem with the name you're full of it. (Of course I know you,Read More Deva, are just a racist troll). But yeah, it's not as bad as the n-word but probably about the equivalent of the word "coon" for an African-American. And let's not forget that the Redskins belong to an association that can probably make them do just about anything, as in the Donald Sterling case. Oh and anyone making Aaron Hernanadez jokes should probably just kill themselves.
brigara June 21, 2014 at 02:05 pm
The name is racist and just wrong to use. I understand the history and tradition associated with aRead More name and an organization but changing a name is about more than being PC. The National Congress of American Indians have made many statements of disapproval of the name. It is ok to reevaluate and recognize if something is in bad taste and in some cases to some it is a blatant slur. SD your comment, "Native Americans who lived on reservations wrote in to say they were NOT offended!" sounds like here say to me... I personally choose to listen to the words expressed by the collective governing boards over a few third hand opinions you might "know". I want to teach my children to respect other people and if a name for a team is disparaging or racist to a population then I want to listen to these people and respect that. I am sure we could all come up with a name that our students are worthy to wear on their shirts. This same organization has rallied to push for the change of these team names. Why do we not listen to them?? We should want our town and our children represented in the best way. I don't think with the team name we have now it represents us well at all. It actually seems quite ignorant to me to continue on with the name. http://www.changethemascot.org/ http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/redskins/2013/10/11/national-congress-american-indians-report-redskins-name/2965075/
Lawrence Lavargna June 24, 2014 at 11:30 pm
If i lived in DC I'd register both the name and logo, which is now available, open up a bar &Read More grill called Washington Redskins. The specialties would include Red skinned potato salad, Red skinned french fries etc. The potential to make a bundle is there. I'd have a clothing line with the emblem on the front and menu on the back of every shirt. To hell with the NFL and all the moonbats. I'd love them to protest...free publicity...look at Chick fillet.
With no parents or teachers in the audience, the Framingham School Committee issued its review of Framingham Superintendent of Schools Stacy Scott. Credit: Susan Petroni
Momof3 June 19, 2014 at 05:31 pm
I would give Scott and his administration 1.5 out of 4 for communication. Providing timely news toRead More parents has not always been forthcoming. Also I wish the Superintendent review was more like a list instead of opinion by the School Committee members. It would be great to see a list of 10 things Dr. Scott has accomplished in the last 12 months. 10 Things he has improved since arriving in Framingham. I saw it mentions about social media - I would suggest Dr. Scott write a column on Framingham Patch once a month, if not weekly. Many parents read the Patch daily. It would help accomplish his social media goal, improve communications with parents and have interact with the community more.
Gina Fishman June 20, 2014 at 05:23 am
To be honest, I'm not sure who is being evaluated by the SC. While there are many points mentionedRead More above that I'm concerned with, a big issue I have is with communication. This past school year has proven yet again that communication is not a strong suite for many in this administration. And, unfortunately, I'm starting to see this trickle down into the schools. Not _ALL_ folks are bad at communicating, but releasing/sharing information until you are being forced to, per say, is not acceptable. Or is that a tact the Virginia firm suggests using? Before you think I am throwing stones at everyone, my daughters teachers at the ES and MS level have been quite communicative. These teachers know who they are, but I'd like to thank them for making this school year great.
Mrsg214 June 22, 2014 at 02:15 pm
It would also be nice if Scott would return emails to parents that are sent. I wrote three lettersRead More this year and not only did I copy him on them but I copied Diaz as well who also gets paid a hefty salary and neither one had the decency to return an email. I am not sure how this qualifies as good communication. As said in an earlier post, the administration also does not communicate in a timely manner either. The teachers are told they must, and they are evaluated on this in the new evaluation system by the state. The people that make the "real" money should lead by example.
Framingham Patch file photo
D Penta June 19, 2014 at 03:11 pm
A very worthy recipient! Let us know when the dedication ceremony is. Love it when there is greatRead More stories about Framingham on the Framingham Patch!
Fifth Grade students honored for their Math League scores at the June 17 School Committee meeting. Credit: Susan Scully Petroni
Allie S. June 19, 2014 at 03:37 pm
Congrats to these students! Question --- WordMasters continues in Middle School why is there no MathRead More league in the middle schools?
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