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...

2016-2017 School Calendar Now Available

The Board of Education approved the 2016-2017 School Calendar at its February 8, 2016, meeting.  2016-2017 FSSD Calendar In developing the school calendar, the district takes the following into consideration: Correlation to the Williamson County Schools calendar:  Because we have many families with children in both the FSSD and Williamson County Schools, the district tries to correlate its calendar, as much as possible, to the Williamson County Schools calendar. Support from School Teams:  School Teams provided input and feedback into the calendar design process, including teachers, principals and Central Office staff, who helped to guide discussion. The school teams gathered feedback from the faculties at their respective schools, which was used to make modifications on the final calendar approved by the School Board. Instructional Days Prior to Testing:  One of the primary considerations in developing the calendar is to purposefully create uninterrupted instructional periods between major holidays. By law, school districts must take into account the number of student instructional days prior to State testing (TCA...

FSSD School Board Receives Statewide Recognition

The Franklin Special School District Board of Education, collectively and individually, picked up the highest awards given at the annual state conference of its professional association on Monday, November 16. During an awards luncheon at Opryland Hotel, the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) announced that the FSSD Board of Education was the 2015 Tennessee School Board of the Year. TSBA annually honors a school board for excellent service. To be considered for this award, school boards must be a TSBA Board of Distinction; develop, apply and monitor policy; be involved in long-range planning; promote quality education through involvement with the legislature, city/county commission, State Board of Education, community and staff; participate in board development activities, including boardmanship award levels for each member; and exhibit a positive relationship with the media. The FSSD Board is currently in its second of two years as a TSBA Board of Distinction. FSSD Board members include: Tim Stillings, Chairman Robert Blair, Vice-Chair Alicia Barker, Secretary Robin Newman, Treasurer Allena Bell Kevin Townsel   TSBA Master Ambassador: Allena Bell Other notable awards presented to FSSD Board members at the luncheon include a Master Ambassador Award to Allena Bell for her “outreach efforts to increase community awareness and understanding of public education issues,” according to TSBA. Bell was appointed by the Board of Education in 2013 to fill a vacant seat and was subsequently elected in 2014 to serve a four-year term.  She currently serves as the School Board’s representative on the TSBA Tennessee Legislative Network. She has completed training at the state and regional levels, and has attained the credit necessary to achieve Level III TSBA...