State Seeks Public Input on Social Studies Standards

The Tennessee Department of Education website is currently open for the first of two windows of public feedback on the state social studies standards. This first window will close April 30, 2016. The State Board of Education (SBE) will work in conjunction with the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) to collect all of the comments submitted to this website. Educator development teams will review the website feedback this summer and make revisions to the standards. Another draft set of standards will be posted following these changes in fall 2016 and an appointed Standards Recommendation Committee will make the ultimate recommendation for new social studies standards to the SBE in early 2017. For more information about the standards review process, please visit: http://www.tn.gov/sbe/topic/standards-review. Questions or concerns can be directed to...

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...

Board Approves Budget Addressing Critical Infrastructure Needs

Over the course of four budget work sessions, the FSSD Board of Education tackled very difficult issues of funding while understanding that several schools have critical infrastructure needs. Very purposeful discussion and problem solving yielded the unavoidable need to raise taxes to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for students, teachers and staff. The Board of Education passed a $45 million budget on July 20, 2015, which included a 7.66 cent tax increase. In the General Purpose budget, there was significant discussion related to the development of a budget which provided a balance of revenue and expenditures while preserving all the educational programs that are in place as we continue to focus on educating the whole child. For budget highlights and photos, read more...