UPDATED: Readers Encouraged To Grade City of Framingham In Its Inaugural Year; Take SOURCE Survey

FRAMINGHAM – In April 2017, by about 100 votes, Framingham residents chose to become a City.

In November 2018, voters elected its first Mayor – Yvonne Spicer – an 11-member City Council, of which 9 members were elected by district, and a School Committee, comprised of 9 district members.

One of the positives for a new City form of government, as opposed to hundreds of years as a town form of government, was the promise of new voices in both the municipal and school government, and that the city leaders would reflect the residents of the City.

While as a Town, all seven of the School Committee members, came from north of Route 9 and all were white.

A majority of the 9,000 students in the public school district live south of Route 9 – 44 percent English is not their first language and 35 percent are considered “economically disadvantaged.”

As a 9-member City School Committee, defined by districts, five of the nine members live south of Route 9. The School Committee is now also diverse in its makeup.

Throughout the month of January, SOURCE as a media outlet, will be publishing reports on the first year of the City of Framingham.

But SOURCE wants our readers to give their opinion on how they think the City did in its first year.

Since the Mayor is a former educator, and many of our readers have school-aged children, we chose a report card format for the survey. Plus, most people know that an A is great, and scores between 90 and 100 points, and an F means you are failing.

SOURCE, using SurveyMonkey, has created a 10 question survey, asking readers to give letter grades to the City, the Mayor, the City Council, the Superintendent, the School Committee, etc in its inaugural year.

The survey was created so submissions are anonymous, however, individuals can only take the survey once per IP address. (IP addresses are recorded with each survey.)

Once an individual completes the survey, they can see the current results. Results will remain public though out the survey.

The Mayor will give a State of the City address, as required by the Charter on, Monday, January 28.

The last day to take the SOURCE survey will be on Thursday, January 31, at 11:59 p.m.

Source will publish a report on the survey results after February 1. The report will include information on the leaders overall, the individual city districts, and the results of question 9 (what was the city’s biggest accomplishment in 2018) and question 10 (what is the biggest issue facing the city in 2019).

Click here to take the survey.

To view the results, click here.

UPDATE: Several SOURCE readers said they were not sure what District they live in so here is a primer.

City of Framingham has 9 Districts.

Each district is made up of two of the City’s 18 Precincts.

The districts are:

  • District 1 (Precincts 1 & 2)
  • District 2 ( 3 & 5)
  • District 3 (4 & 7)
  • District 4 (6 & 9)
  • District 5 ( 8 & 12)
  • District 6 (10 & 11)
  • District 7 (13 & 14)
  • District 8 (15 & 18)
  • District 9 (16 & 17)

Don’t know what Precinct you are in? Click here.

Mayor Spicer was elected to a 4-year term in 2017, which began on January 1, 2018.

City Councilors at-large George King and Cheryl Tully Stoll were elected to a 2-year term in 2017, which began on January 1, 2018. Voters will elect two at-large City Councilors for a 4-year term in November 2019.

All 9 School Committee members were elected to a 2-year term in 2017, that ends on December 31, 2019. Voters will elect School Committee members by District in November.

All 9 City Councilors elected by district were elected to a 2-year term in 2017, that ends on December 31, 2019. Voters will elect City Councilors by District in November .

Editor’s note: Updated at 10:35pm

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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