Bus Routes Now Online for 2016-2017 School Year

Please click the link below to check the bus stop times for your child. Please be at the stop 5 minutes early. Bus stop times may vary by a few minutes at the beginning of the year until routes stabilize. Find Your Bus Route If you need further information or have questions, please visit the Transportation Department online or call...

Preschool Openings for Student Peer Models

  Franklin Special School District provides a Special Education Preschool program to meet the needs of three- to five-year-old children who have developmental delays. This school-based program includes positive peer role models in each Special Education Preschool class. The inclusion model provides a wide range of learning opportunities and the least restrictive environment that is both stimulating and challenging for both groups of children. The program also promotes belonging, friendships, understanding and acceptance of others who are different. The school day is 6 hours – generally 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM – Monday through Friday beginning the first day of school. We are currently accepting enrollment applications for typically developing positive peer role models to complete this program. Eligible students must be 4 years old by August 1 and reside in or have a parent employed in the Franklin Special School District. Preschool Positive Peer Model...

FSSD Ranked #1 in State for Teacher Support

The Franklin Special School District is proud to be ranked #1 in the state for Teacher Support, out of 107 total districts reviewed, by Teacher.org. “The FSSD is blessed to have a teaching force that is dedicated and passionate about meeting the academic, social, physical and emotional needs of our students,” said Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden. “It is the district’s responsibility to provide the support needed to assist them in all areas of their responsibilities. In addition, we know without the tremendous support of our Board of Education, we would not be able to meet the criteria utilized in this selection process.” Tennessee school districts were assessed on several factors which represent how well a school district supports their teachers. Some criteria included: class size, administrator and support staff availability, and student proficiency levels. Snowden added, “Our goal is to consistently build upon the support provided to our teachers to enhance their opportunities for success in meeting individual student...

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...