Lottery Grant Provides Funds for After School Care

As news of multi-million dollar lottery wins circulate this week, many do not realize that 100 percent of unclaimed prize money in Tennessee goes to support afterschool educational programs through grants. Since the Tennessee lottery’s inception in 2002, the General Assembly has required lottery money to benefit education through college scholarships, early childhood and afterschool programs. One such grant was recently awarded to the Franklin Special School District’s Morning and Afternoon Care (MAC) program through the Tennessee Department of Education. Over 100 Franklin families will now be able to access the MAC program on a sliding scale and with scholarships, thanks to a 3-year, $397,197 Lottery for Education: Afterschool Programs (LEAPs) grant. MAC Supervisor Amanda Parks wrote the LEAPS grant, and is thrilled to be able to serve FSSD students who typically cannot afford to pay for after school care. “We look forward to the wonderful opportunities that the LEAPS grant will provide our students over the next three years,” Parks said. “We know there is a need for tuition assistance and are excited to be able to provide high quality care and programming to families who need to know their children are being well-cared for anytime school is not in session.” MAC was awarded $132,399 a year for three years to provide scholarships to children both during the school year as well as during holidays, snow days or summer breaks. Due to the limitations of the grant, only Title I schools (Franklin Elementary, Freedom Middle, Liberty Elementary, Moore Elementary, Poplar Grove Elementary and Poplar Grove Middle School) are eligible for the grant monies; however, the grant funding frees...

7th Graders Must Submit Updated Immunization Form

As a reminder, all students entering 7th grade are required by law to show proof of a Tdap booster and two doses of the chicken pox vaccine, or a documented history of the disease. While many students may have already received these vaccines as part of their routine immunizations, 7th grade students must have these documented on a Tennessee immunization form, which is available from your child’s physician or the Williamson County Health Department. The Health Department in Franklin is offering a free walk-in immunization clinic July 24-August 11 from 8:00-11:00 and 12:30-4:00. Please submit the immunization form to your child’s school office prior to the first day of class on August 10. By law, students without the updated vaccine and form will not be able to start the school...

Board Passes Budget With No Tax Increase

Following five months of budget review, including three work sessions, the Franklin Special School District passed the 2017-2018 budget on Monday, July 17. This year’s $48 million budget provides exceptional academic programming and supporting resources, competitive employee benefits and strategic infrastructure improvements. “I am extremely proud to work with Board members who collaborate with our leadership team and employees to develop a budget that supports the district’s short-term and long-range objectives,” said Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden. The following are highlights of the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget budget: A 2% cost of living increase for all FSSD employees. Eligible employees will also receive a step increase.   Funds to support Phase 2 of the 1:1 device transition, enabling Poplar Grove Middle to purchase Chromebooks for grades 5-8! Freedom Middle completed its 1:1 initiative in February 2017 with Chromebooks for all students.An additional instructional technology specialist to support the district’s growing technology integration, including training and support for teachers, students and staff. Continuation of the tuition reimbursement program, which encourages employees to seek advanced degrees. The total program amount is $30,000. Continued support of the tuition waiver benefit enabling the children of full-time FSSD employees to attend FSSD schools. An increase in the amount paid to employees for unused sick leave when they retire from $30.00 a day to $50.00 a day. The FSSD is one of the few districts in Tennessee that offers this employee benefit. The continued payment of 100% of full-time individual employee insurance...