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Modifications To ‘Sponsored Banners’ Policy Approved By Board Of Education

Modifications To ‘Sponsored Banners’ Policy Approved By Board Of Education

The Franklin High School outdoor athletic complex and gym will likely have some new additions starting next school year in the form of sponsored banners. The Board of Education at its April 27 meeting unanimously approved amendments to the district’s policy regulating sponsorship signage, allowing the banners only at the high school, showing no signs […]








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Township Council Contracts For Youth Center Feasibility Study

Township Council Contracts For Youth Center Feasibility Study

A Pennsylvania-based architectural firm has been hired to conduct a feasibility study for the proposed Lewis Street Youth Center. The Township Council awarded Kimmel Bogrette Architecture of Conshohocken, Pa. the $25,000 contract at its April 25 meeting. The firm was selected from eight candidates, all of whom were vetted by Township Manager Robert Vornlocker,  Alice […]








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‘Family Friendly’ Catalpa Park Plan Readied For Public Debut

‘Family Friendly’ Catalpa Park Plan Readied For Public Debut

A plan for a “family friendly” Catalpa Park – slightly different from what was approved last year – is making the rounds before relevant committees before its official public debut. The plan is being shepherded by Township Manager Robert Vornlocker. Earlier this month he took the plan to the Advisory Recreation Council for its input, […]








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Davenport Resigns As FMS Principal; Solomon Named Interim

Davenport Resigns As FMS Principal; Solomon Named Interim

Reginald O. Davenport has resigned as principal of Franklin Middle School. The resignation was effective April 3. Nick Solomon, the Sampson G. Smith vice-principal, has been named interim FMS principal. Davenport’s resignation letter cited “personal and health reasons,” district spokeswoman Mary Clark said in an email statement. “In the interim, as is standard operating procedure […]








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Township Council Introduces $11 Million In Capital, Bonding Ordinances

Township Council Introduces $11 Million In Capital, Bonding Ordinances

Bonding and capital ordinances appropriating more than $11 million for purchases and capital improvements were introduced by the Township Council at its March 28 meeting. The ordinances will have a public hearing and final vote in April. Among the biggest-ticket ordinances are $3,459,600 for water utility projects and $3,324,000 for the 2017 phase of the […]








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School Board Approves $1.5 Million In Contracts

School Board Approves $1.5 Million In Contracts

Nearly $1.5 million in contracts were approved by the Board of Education at its March 23 meeting. The biggest ticket item was a $1,128,999 contract awarded to Irvington-based KM Construction for reconstruction of the Franklin Middle School parking lot. The base cost of $830,707 is for the side lot and service courtyard. Alternate bids were […]








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Updated: School District Proposed Budget Carries Slight Tax Decrease

Updated: School District Proposed Budget Carries Slight Tax Decrease

Update 2: The Board of Education gave final approval to the 2017-18 school year spending plan at its April 27 meeting. The budget passed unanimously, but board member Pat Stanley said she was doing so with some “reservations.” Stanley questioned why the proposed $1.1 million concession stand at Franklin High School needed to cost so […]








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Township Council Green-Lights Sidewalk Program Around FMS

Township Council Green-Lights Sidewalk Program Around FMS

The Township Council gave the green light March 7 to a sidewalk program that will affect about 150 property owners around Franklin Middle School. The council met in a special session to consider the project, during which a number of area residents spoke in favor of or against the plan. The $750,000 program will install […]








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Bad State Aid News, Rising Charter School Costs Make School Budget Preparation ‘Challenging’

Bad State Aid News, Rising Charter School Costs Make School Budget Preparation ‘Challenging’

Update: The budget presentation meeting has been rescheduled for 7:45 p.m. March 21 in the FHS media center.   Flat state school aid and more than $2 million in other aid cuts and charter school cost increases is making preparing the 2017-18 school district budget a challenging proposition for district officials. But that’s the reality […]








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First Local Tax Rate Cut In Years In Proposed Township Budget

First Local Tax Rate Cut In Years In Proposed Township Budget

The $59.3 million budget introduced Feb. 28 by the Township Council carries something that hasn’t been seen in quite a while: a decrease in the local portion of the property tax rate. The decrease is slight and varies depending upon whether a property has been reassessed in the last year, but it’s a decrease, nonetheless. […]








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