FSSD Welcomes Leslie Duke as Human Resources Supervisor

Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden announced that the Franklin Special School District has hired Leslie Duke as Human Resources Supervisor to replace Dr. Roberta Hill, who is retiring January 3. Duke comes to FSSD from Rutherford County Schools, where she has been working as a Certified Human Resource Analyst for the past four years. She will begin on December 13, 2018, spending about a week shadowing Hill. “We are excited to have the experience that Leslie will bring right from the start,” Snowden said. “In her most recent position she has played an integral role in recruiting, policy compliance, licensing requirements, and orientation of new employees. These are needs that school districts must have met on a routine basis and the ability that she will have to jump right in is crucial.” In addition to her valuable human resources experience, Duke also has a teaching background, which will be pivotal as she will be called up on to remediate issues for both certified and non-certified personnel. She was a Reading Intervention Teacher for four years in RCS before being called to serve at the Central Office in Human Resources. Duke received her undergraduate degree in communications from University of Tennessee Chattanooga, her master’s degree in teaching and administration from Trevecca Nazarene University and hours toward an educational administration degree from Bethel University. Dr. Hill will be retiring January 3, 2019, after 21 years with the FSSD. She came to FSSD to help lead Freedom Middle School as an assistant principal in 1997 from Metro Nashville Public Schools. Almost four years later, in 2001, she was hired as Human...

Big Backpack Giveaway on August 4 at Liberty Elementary

On Aug. 4, Williamson County churches and non-profit organizations will distribute backpacks filled with school supplies at the 2018 Big Backpack Giveaway to help students in need. The Big Backpack Giveaway will be from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Liberty Elementary, 600 Liberty Pike, and will include music, food and fun for the entire family. Children are required to be present to receive backpacks. The Backpack Giveaway is made possible through a partnership with United Way of Williamson County and their partners, GraceWorks Ministries, Publix Supermarkets, donations through Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Big Payback and our location host – Liberty Elementary School....

All Schools Host “Meet and Greet” on August 6

All FSSD schools are hosting a Meet and Greet “drop-in” style event on Monday, August 6, from 3:30-6:30 PM. Students and their parents are invited to get together with friends and faculty and take advantage of this opportunity to meet your teacher and classmates, receive a schedule, turn in missing forms or documents, and receive important back to school information. Interpreters will be...

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...

Mercy Behavioral Health Offers Summer Camps at Freedom Middle

Our partners at Mercy Community Healthcare are offering rising 7th-9th grade students an amazing summer camp opportunity! In a grade-specific weeklong camp setting, students will have fun working on building healthy relationships, practicing self-control, increasing self-esteem and team building. The camp, at Freedom Middle School, will be supervised by Andrea Holman, one of Mercy’s school-based licensed clinical therapists. The camp is billable to most insurance plans with behavioral health components and fully covered by TennCare. For more information or to register, contact Andrea at 615-794-0987 (ext 3573).       2018 Summer Flyer (ENG) 2018 Summer Flyer...