Farmer to Assume Principal Role at Freedom Middle School June 1

In a Friday afternoon faculty meeting, Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden announced that Dr. Charles Farmer has been selected to assume the role of principal at Freedom Middle School upon the retirement of Dr. Kristi Jefferson. Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden said he knew Farmer was the perfect fit after hearing about his passion to return to a school leadership role that would allow him more direct connections with students. Farmer is currently Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Schools (Middle and High Schools) for Williamson County Schools, a position he has held since 2014.  “I am humbled and excited to have been selected,” Farmer said. “I’ve enjoyed my current role immensely; however, when the Freedom Middle position opened, I took the opportunity to reflect on why I became an educator in the first place. I’m at a point in my career where I’ve gained just enough wisdom to understand that supporting students, families and school staff is my heart’s desire.” Farmer points to Freedom Middle Schools strengths of diversity and connectedness as the driving factors that caused him to apply. “I’m personally drawn to the size and diversity, but I really love the family feel that emanates from the district, sister schools and those I’ve met at Freedom Middle thus far,” he said. His first priorities as principal include “meeting as many different people with connections to the school as possible so I can gain an even better understanding of all the great things happening in the school community.” After the interview process was complete, Snowden had no doubts about Farmer’s ability to connect with students, faculty and...

Free breakfast and lunch over summer ensure kids don’t go hungry

Summer is an exciting time for children to enjoy time with friends and family, but for many children, summer can mean many hungry days. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition. For the ninth consecutive year, the Franklin Special School District is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to offer a Seamless Summer Food Service program (SSFS) to children. The SSFS helps to bridge the summer hunger gap by providing free breakfast and/or lunch to kids 18 and under at community sites during the months of May, June and July.  The 2018 Seamless Summer Food Service program kicks off Tuesday, May 29. The program’s goal is to significantly reduce child hunger over the summer months so there are no forms to fill out or qualifications to meet. Adults may purchase breakfast for $2.25 and lunch for $3.50.  The FSSD will host an open dining site throughout the summer available to the community on a walk-in basis. FSSD Summer Dining Site Johnson Elementary School  •  815 Glass Lane May 29 through July 27 (closed July 2-6) Breakfast Service:  8:00 – 8:30 AM  •  Lunch Service: 12:15 – 12:45 PM Community partners and off-site serving locations include: FSSD Summer Morning and Afternoon Care (MAC) and WeeMAC, Franklin/Williamson County Boys & Girls Club, Franklin Housing Authority, Franktown Open Hearts, The Gentry Education Foundation, Williamson County Parks & Recreation at Academy Park, Franklin Estates Mobile Home Park, Mid-Cumberland Head Start, My Friend’s House, FSSD Young Scholars Institute at Poplar Grove, Franklin Police Department’s Teen Academy, Freedom Intermediate and Freedom Middle...

FSSD Pre-K Opening Still Available! Apply Now!

We still have spots open in the FSSD Pre-K Program! Apply Now! What is the Franklin Special School District/State of Tennessee Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program? Voluntary Pre-K provides a high quality educational program through an active learning approach. Young children learn skills at their own level in ways meaningful to them. A holistic approach to Kindergarten readiness prepares children socially, mentally, emotionally, and physically. If you walk into a Pre-K classroom you may see children playing house, putting on a puppet show, or building a miniature town with blocks and little people. Experienced, knowledgeable, understanding teachers and staff guide students through music, stories, songs, and play. All of these fun activities help children develop academic and social skills as they play. To be eligible, children must have been born on or between August 16, 2013 and August 15, 2014, live in the Franklin Special School District, and qualify in one of several ways. The Tennessee Department of Education Office of Early Learning requires school districts first serve students who are economically disadvantaged. Space permitting, students may be served who have disabilities, are identified as English Language Learners, are in state custody, or are identified as educationally at-risk for failure due to circumstances of abuse or neglect. Children attend Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Monday through Friday for a six hour day. Each class is limited to 16 children working with a teacher and paraprofessional. The program is free of charge although parents are required to provide transportation. For more information call any FSSD Elementary School or Lee Kirkpatrick at (615) 591-2802 and ask to receive application materials.  Voluntary Pre-K has proven to be a...

MAC Hiring Summer Staff Now

The FSSD MAC program is hiring now for its summer camp. If you, your children, friends, family or neighbors are looking for a summer job, please pass along the following information. We are looking for eager and loving individuals to care for children, and we can’t think of a better place to look than within our own FSSD family. Our summer workers need to be at least 18 years old, so if you know of graduating high school seniors, those home from college, retirees or part-time workers looking to supplement their income, please send them to us! We also now have positions open for college interns! MAC Supervisor Amanda Parks will work to design an internship program with any college student studying in the areas of early childhood education, arts education, non-profit management, development and grant-writing, or sports and recreation management. Interested applicants don’t have to wait until summer begins. They can start immediately in any of our afterschool programs and then transition to the summer program, held at the Central Office Annex on Cannon Street, when the summer program begins May 29. Here are the details: HoursHours are as flexible as you need them to be! If you need hours to work around another job or summer classes, we are happy to create special schedules for you.  If you prefer routine, our standard daily shifts are 5 hours, mornings and afternoons. (examples: 7-12 or 8-1 for mornings and 12-5 or 1-6 for afternoons). We can also offer longer shifts, such as 9-4 Mondays through Fridays. PayPay ranges from $9.47 to $11.91 for applicants based on similar experiences. However, teachers and...