Episode 1062

FM #1062 - Chalkboard Chat - #03 - Callaghan & McNeill - 09/15/23

Published on: 18th September, 2023

This session of the radio show shares my recorded conversation with Franklin School Committee member Dave Callaghan and Dave McNeill. We had our conversation in the Franklin TV & Public Radio studio on Friday, September 15, 2023. 

Our primary topic was a recap of the School Committee meeting held on Tuesday, Sep 12. 

We covered 

  • the opening of schools for 2023-2024 
  • teacher and staff hiring status 
  • District improvement plan
  • budget impacts on middle school afterschool programs, etc. 
  • International trip approval and equity issues it raises
  • upcoming subcommittee meetings 
  • Info on the Comprehensive Facilities Planning Subcommittee and communications with other committees, subcommittees, to ensure all aware

The recording runs about 36 minutes so let’s listen to my “chalkboard chat” with Dave Callaghan and Dave McNeill.


Contact info for Dave Callaghan  callaghand@franklinps.net 

Contact info for Dave McNeill  mcneilld@franklinps.net 

School Committee page => https://www.franklinps.net/district/school-committee 

School budget ->  https://www.franklinps.net/fy24budget 

Franklin TV video for replay -> https://www.youtube.com/live/G-8ECoHrh8M?si=r9hZow6Jim8WXGxS&t=59 

Meeting packet folder -> https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/pages/september-12-2023-school-committee-meeting-packet 

Agenda doc  ->    https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/scagenda_9-12-23.pdf   

My notes captured via Twitter during the meeting and then in a single PDF for easy reading https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QdkJB2fxemPuN_nCWV6Dmq9tdc_QQsIh/view?usp=drive_link  

Audio recording of meeting -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2023/09/school-committee-hears-of-and-approves_01034508177.html 

The “Chalkboard Chat” image was the result of a joint collaboration with Mickayla Callaghan. Thank you!


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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

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Stephen Sherlock

I volunteer as the Community Information Director for Franklin, MA (USA)*. I have been provide accurate and timely information about what matters in Franklin since 2007. Currently working in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Radio (wfpr.fm) since October 2019.

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