Category Archives: Schools

Tri-County $ next year

Town’s contribution to Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School District is based on the number of our students.  Yesterday Mike circulated the list below:


Comment sought, by 12/1



This email today from the Superintendent:

I know many of you were involved in the focus groups and the survey over the past 10 months. The School Committee and I wanted to share the draft of our strategic plan ( “Medfield 2021”) with all of you. We are conducting a public comment period until December 1st and plan to vote the final draft on December 5th. Please click here if you would like to give us feedback.


Thanks for your support and Happy Thanksgiving!



Jeffrey J. Marsden, Ed.D


Medfield Public Schools

Medfield 2021 – schools issue strategic plan



Email from the Superintendent below:

I know many of you were involved in the focus groups and the survey over the past 10 months. The School Committee and I wanted to share the draft of our strategic plan ( “Medfield 2021”) with all of you. We are conducting a public comment period until December 1st and plan to vote the final draft on December 5th. Please click here if you would like to give us feedback.


Thanks for your support and Happy Thanksgiving!



Jeffrey J. Marsden, Ed.D


Medfield Public Schools

Energy Reduction Plan adopted

The Medfield Energy Committee has worked for upwards of five years to have the town adopt the Green Communities Act, and this week the last required piece was completed when both the Board of Selectmen and the School Department  adopted the Medfield Energy Committee’s extensively detailed Energy Reduction Plan that lays out how we will seek to achieve a 20% energy use reduction over the next five years.

The Energy Reduction Plan is remarkably thoughtful and detailed, and comes on top of the Medfield Energy Committee already having guided the town to achieve a 30+% reduction in energy use by the town since the Committee was created eight years ago.  The Town of Medfield is indeed doing its part on our local level to avoid climate change, plus the town is saving money by using less energy.

I uploaded the major Energy Reduction Plan materials, the written plan and the spreadsheet that details each of the proposals.  What is missing are the appendices, which contain detailed reports on each town building done by Rise and AECOM, and committee member Fred Davis’ analysis of the savings we can achieve by buying our streetlights from their current owner, EverSource, and installing LED heads, which I analysis have included in the past.



Below are the letters to DOER confirming the town’s adoption of the Energy Reduction Plan.  This entitles the town to the $148,000 DOER adoption grant this year, and now allows the town to compete for the DOER annual competitive grants of up to $250,000 per year.  Westwood just used such a $250,000 competitive grant to buy its streetlights and to install its LED heads.

TOWNOFMEDFIETD fficeof BOARD OF SELECTMEN TOWN HOUSE,459 MAIN STREET MEDFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS 02052.2009 (s08) 3se-8sos MICIIAELJ. ST]LLTVAI Town Administrator November t5,ZOLG Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Green Communities Division L00 Cambridge Street, Suite 1040 Boston, MA 02114 To Whom lt MaY Concern: please be advised that on November L5,2OL6 the Medfield Board of Selectmen at a duly called and posted meeting voted to adopt the Energy Reduction Plan for Criterion 3 of the Green Communities Application for Designation. The Board of Selectmen was given copies of the plan for review prior to the meeting' The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to adopt the plan and the minutes of the meeting include that vote. Sincerely, leRlb% MichaelJ. Sullivan Town Administrator Mrnnsro Punrrc ScHooLS Office of the Superintendent 459 Main Street - 3"d Floor Medfield, Massachusefts 02052 November 14,2016 Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Green Communities Division 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1040 Boston, MA 02114 To Whom It May Concern: Please be advised that the town school district, Medfield Public Schools, adopts the Medfield Energy Reduction Plan as part of the Town's Green Communities Application for Designation. Superintendent of Medfield Public Schools Jeffrey J. Marsden, Ed.D - Superintendent jmarsden@email.medfi (508) 359-230220161114-medfield-gca-town-school-letters_page_2

Social-emotional learning

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Read on-line here

Massachusetts school and district leaders launch statewide campaign to promote social-emotional learning

Superintendents, School Committees, principals, and educational collaboratives push for greater emphasis on students’ mental health
Oct. 3, 2016 / PRZen / BOSTON — As Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in educational standards and student achievement, a new coalition representing more than 5,000 K-12 school and district leaders is calling for greater emphasis on the social-emotional skills students need to succeed in and out of the classroom.

Five associations of educational leaders have launched exSEL: Excellence through Social-Emotional Learning (, a statewide campaign to bring attention to the need for students to develop critical skills such as self-management, teamwork, persistence, empathy, and responsible decision-making.

The group argues that the state’s singular focus on academic outcomes often has resulted in a lack of time and resources invested in students’ social and emotional development. Moreover, the leaders cite a notable increase in students facing mental health challenges that schools alone cannot address, including the effects on children who have experienced trauma. The coalition has presented a series of recommendations, including improved coordination and delivery of supports from children’s mental health providers. Left untreated, they argue, these problems are more likely to result in students dropping out of school or exhibiting harmful behaviors such as bullying, substance abuse, or suicide.

The work of exSEL has been guided in part by a report from the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, which outlines both the need for greater emphasis on SEL and the benefits of doing so – not only for students at risk but for all students. For example, a growing number of employers are reporting among new hires a lack of the social-emotional skills needed to succeed in the workplace. The campaign highlights the need to prepare graduates not only with technical and academic knowledge but also with a broad range of interpersonal skills needed to excel on the job.

The coalition was launched by five associations representing more than 5,000 educational leaders: Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS), Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC), Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association (MSSAA), Massachusetts Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA), and Massachusetts Organization of Educational Collaboratives (MOEC), in partnership with Teachers21 and the Rennie Center. The exSEL campaign marks the first time these groups have come together around a single issue.

For more information, visit or @exSELmass on Twitter.

The coalition will host its first Twitter chat featuring John D’Auria, President of Teachers21, on the state of social-emotional learning in Massachusetts: Wednesday, October 5, 8:00 – 9:00 pm ET, using #exsel.

MEC on 8/11


MEC Meeting Minutes : August 11th, 2016 at Town DPW Building
Attendance: Fred Bunger, Pete Peterson, Marie Nolan, Fred Davis

1. Previous Minutes. July 14th MEC meeting minutes accepted.

2. Energy Manager/Facilities Manager.    – Fred B. reports that new Director of Facilities for Town, including schools, will be starting Oct/Nov; he is currently facility director for Town of Weston. The expectation is that the position will take over duties of Al Peterson and Andrew Seaman, and eventually hire an assistant who will be an explicit energy manager.
It’s frustrating to lose the Energy Manager position. Maybe have funds from solar production go into an Enterprise Fund to fund the position.

3. Schools. Earlier in the afternoon, Fred B., Paul Fechtelkotter, and Fred D. met with Mike LaFrancesca, Bus. Mgr. for Schools.

Audit Considerations. Mike has various ideas about measures for the Energy Reduction Plan (ERP); but thinks the 2008 “Benchmarking Report Prepared for Medfield High School” by Steve DiGiacomo for Nstar, is likely to be too old to be useful.

Controls. On the other hand, the Trane control system in the high school is  significantly askew, with data being reported totally incorrectly, and over-heating and over-cooling going on at the same time in different rooms, including at the time of this year’s graduation (parents and graduates were way over-heated). Mike is currently collecting quotations from controls suppliers for replacing the current controls systems across all schools, especially in the high school; eventually such system could connect with rest of town. MEC would like these proposals to include explicit estimations of energy savings through improved controls; such could be part of ERP.

School Dude / Facilities Dude. Mike uses the former; Andrew used the latter.

4. Energy Manager’s report by Fred B., who reports that communications with Andrew has been difficult, as he is moving.

Garage Solar: RFP is out, several responses; New Ecology prepared the RFP; who reviews the proposals?

META grant (new name for OATA) is in to DOER for MAPC to prepare Energy Reduction Plan; status unknown.

Mass Energy Insight – Andrew needs to provide codes so MEC members will have read-only access; maybe Andrew could train MEC. Same for Facilities Dude.

5. DPW. Fred B. met with the new DPW Director, Maurice “Mo” Goulet. Mo will be attending future MEC meetings. Also, Fred says commissioning of the new DPW building would be one of the energy improvement projects*.

6. Energy audits for ERP.

RISE audits. Marie: Sam Nutter at RISE offers to audit all Town buildings that are gas-heated. Scheduled already is Council on Aging on 8/24. Fred B.: Paul Fechtelkotter emailed that RISE would go ahead with auditing school buildings.

WWTP & Water. Fred B. spoke with Bob McDonald, advising to look at EUI. Also, we should be able to claim in ERP savings from new water tower pump.

AECOM lighting audits. Fred D. reports that Derrek Brown of AECOM agreed to review and revise last year’s lighting audits for Library, Garage, and Council on Aging, to include new LED fixtures (instead of replacement LED tubes) and controls as appropriate. Decision to give them the green light if no extra cost; ask for report by beginning September.

Public Safety Building. Contract for solar was signed.

7. Solarize Medfield. Marie: now going through 100+ leads from various lists. First Meet the Installer night was successful, next is scheduled for Aug 18, then Sep 21. Looking for help for Farmers’ Market, 1-hour shifts between 2 and 6:30, on Aug 25, Sep 8, but it’s tough on a Thursday afternoon.

8. LED Streetlight Maintenance. Fred D. prepared a Request for Information to go out to a few companies that install and maintain LED streetlights, asking questions that have come up about how maintenance is structured once a town owns their own fixtures.

–    Next meeting  September 8th, 2016  at 7:30 DPW conference room

*[note: with outdoor temperature over 90F, meeting room was a needlessly cool 69F … the room thermostat was not adjustable… by end of meeting, room temperature mystifyingly continued to drop down to 67F … attendees had to leave, they were so chilled!]

Minutes respectfully submitted by Fred Davis.

MHS turf field in use tomorrow

Superintendent Jeff Marsden’s email this afternoon reported on the Medfield High School turf field status – namely, it opens for use tomorrow, closes 9/14 for up to 2 weeks to get finished, then opens for good, with ribbon cutting 10/7.

Turf Project Update

Hi All,

MHS field


I hope all is well.


I wanted to give you a quick update on the turf/track project. The turf portion of the project is nearly finished and our kids will begin using the field tomorrow, Tuesday August 30th. There is a few “punch list” items left to complete, but the field “passed” the necessary assessments for safe use. We will use the field for a couple of weeks and then it will be closed for 10-14 days on September 12th for the respraying of the track and “D” zones. In addition, the viewing area sill needs to be completed and the new scoreboard (donated by Needham Bank) will be installed at the end of September.


We have tentatively planned for a formal “ribbon cutting” ceremony on the evening of October 7th. We felt that it made sense to have the entire project finished before we have a ceremony.

Move info to follow.


I can make myself available to anyone that would like a tour of the field prior to the 7th. Just let me know.


Thanks again for your support of this exciting project.





Jeffrey J. Marsden, Ed.D


Medfield Public Schools


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