Franklin County Technical School   82 Industrial Blvd.   Turners Falls, MA 413 . 863 . 9561

Principal's Newsletter

The foundational philosophy of the Franklin County Technical School is that all students are capable of academic and technical skills. All students can grow intellectually, socially, ethically and physically. Students learn best in a safe, tolerant and disciplined environment.

It's our task to nurture students into mature, young adults capable of life-long learning and curiosity. We achieve that by providing the professionally trained technical and academic teachers who are accomplished in reaching all students. We focus on support and individual instruction in those areas students will need for full, successful lives.

The basis of all instruction is that enjoyable learning is connected to students’ immediate lives and their working and learning futures. Our programs are designed to mold students into young adults who have extensive training in their technical fields and who have reached levels of competence in their academic disciplines. All of our students are prepared for further educational experience after high school and are provided with cooperative working skills for the workplace.

"Students learn best in a safe, tolerant and disciplined environment. It's our
task to nurture students into mature, young adults capable of life-long learning and curiosity."

We're confident that our students will have pride in workmanship, character, commitment to service, and the ethical maturity to perform outstandingly in their community after they graduate from Franklin County Technical School.

About the Principal

Richard Martin has been Principal at FCTS since 2009, taking the helm from Paul Cohen who retired that year. Having grown up in the trades, Mr. Martin has a passion for what Vocational Technical Education offers students, and is a strong supporter. Mr. Martin has worked as a special education teacher, school adjustment counselor, Assistant Director of Pupil, Personnel Services and Special Education, and as an assistant principal.

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