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In Your Opinion: Outsourcing Matters … A Lot!

By Mark Fitzgerald, Somerset. After attending the “Emergency” Franklin Board of Education meeting on Feb. 17, it appears the administration is very unprepared with accurate financial information for both para and sub outsourcing.  Until there is a real proposal to review with adequate time (even a pro-forma proposal) from a qualified vendor, the board should […]

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In Your Opinion: Former School Board Member Reflects On His Tenure

By Tom Lewis, Somerset Dear Fellow Board Members: I wanted to take a moment and wish everyone a Happy New Year and to say thanks for putting up with me, some of you for years … I don’t know how you did it. While on the board, I made friendships that I will cherish, learned […]

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In Your Opinion: Public Thank-You to Outgoing School Board Member

By Bill Connell, Somerset. As a parent and active member of the community, I often get into conversations about the type of people we want as leaders.  The common themes are kind, honest, and straight speaking.  Mr. Seamon is all of these things. We had him as a school board member and we let him […]

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In Your Opinion: Franklin School District Needs to Work on its ‘Issues’

By Lisa Barr, Montgomery I recently moved from Franklin Township as the parent of two children who went to school in the district, up to Sampson G. Smith. I’ve read with interest the recent events regarding the removal of Mr. Seto as superintendent as well as many of the comments posted in your paper both […]

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In Your Opinion: Setting the record straight on Board Ethics Complaints

By Julia Presley No determination on any of the ethics complaints filed against me by Mr. Trautmann, Mr. Seamon, Mr. Burton, and/or Ms. Abreu has been found to have any merit.  That is Mr. Trautmann’s opinion.  It is Mr. Trautmann’s intention to mislead and misinform the public; I find this to be disingenuous.  It is […]

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In Your Opinion: Focus of School Board Ethics Complaints Should be on Conduct

By Rob Trautman, Somerset I am writing this in response to the editorial penned by Julia Presley recently that inappropriately and falsely accused me, along with others, of fiscal irresponsibility for filing ethics complaints against Ms. Presley.  As an initial matter, I must make clear that I am writing as an individual and not on […]

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In Your Opinion: Support Seamon, Danielsen and LaCorte

By John P. Felix, Somerset As you are aware, next Tuesday, November 5th, we’ll elect politicians to represents us at both State and local levels of governments. Much more importantly, we’ll also elect School Board officers who will be sworn to “provide excellent educational opportunities… for every student” as well as … “develop every student […]

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In Your Opinion: Letter to School Board Voters From Dr. Julia Presley

Dear Fellow Franklin Township Residents: I would like to address the misinformation that has been posted and spread about me. My opponents and their community supporters have been spewing slanderous and false allegations about me, I promise you that none of what they are saying is true. I do not feel the need to retaliate […]

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In Your Opinion: School District Does Not Need New Superintendent

By John Felix, Somerset In a recent posting, the Community for Change (C4C) authors outlined their reasons for opposing the tenure of the Franklin Township BOE superintendent, as well as their ardent support for the non-renewal of the Superintendent’s contract. There are four reasons why families of school children should think twice about this. According […]

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In Your Opinion: Connell Responds to Fitzgerald on Substitute Teacher Pay

By Bill Connell, Somerset. This is to address Mr. Fitzgerald’s concerns. Board involvement is what created this concern. Having studied the board for a few years I feel I can speak to it. One of the problems I have noticed with the board budget is set when the state releases the budget at the last […]

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