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School system, FC split on keeping disability insurance

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 4:45 am

Although the Franklin County Commission has opted its employees out of disability insurance participation, the school system is continuing in the program, despite a perceived imbalance between premiums paid and claim proceeds received. The Board of Education voted last week to continue with the benefit to its non-certified employees, who are support personnel in roles such as custodians, cafeteria workers and other similar capacities, while the county will be adding

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  • State agency being hired in FC school director search

    Posted on September 23, 2014 at 8:39 am

    The Franklin County Board of Education has elected its officers for the current academic year with Kevin Caroland (from left) being renamed chairman, Cleijo Walker as the new vice-chairman, and newly elected board member Adam Tucker selected as legislative liaison. They are shown here on Sept. 15 after conducting the board’s first meeting with its new members.

    The Franklin County Board of Education is hiring the Tennessee School Boards Association to narrow the field in its search for a new school system director. The board unanimously approved this past week to go with a $5,000 search package instead of a costlier one at $8,500 that would have TSBA conducting additional public meetings. Dr. Rebecca Sharber, who has been the Franklin County system’s leader the past six years,

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  • School Board to continue director search process

    Posted on September 12, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Franklin County School Board members give their oath of office recently at a swearing-in ceremony for all newly elected officials. From left are newcomers Gary Hanger and Adam Tucker and veteran members Lance Williams and Christine Hopkins who officially give their pledge to serve the school system to Chancellor Jeffrey F. Stewart. The matter at hand for the school board meeting on Monday will be for members to select officers then begin conducting the school system’s business.

    The Franklin County School Board will decide Monday who its officers will be then go immediately into determining the approach it will take to replace Dr. Rebecca Sharber who is retiring at the end of the current academic year. The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the system’s administration building, 215 S. College St., Winchester. Since the Aug. 7 elections, the board has two new members — Adam Tucker

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  • Fired school employee sues sheriff over statements

    Posted on September 9, 2014 at 8:49 am


    A Franklin County teacher has been released from her position, following a Department of Children’s Services child abuse investigation that stemmed from a previous probe about a potential link to methamphetamine production. However, the teacher, Susan Meeks, was never charged nor arrested in connection with the incident and has subsequently filed a $1.5 million defamation of character lawsuit against Sheriff Tim Fuller in response to statements he had allegedly made

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  • FC School Board seeks ways to up TCAP results

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 12:59 pm


    The Franklin School Board has outlined a list of target areas to improve student Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program test results. The board reviewed recently released district-wide test results that show slight declines in student performance from the previous year at the grade school level in reading/ language arts, science and social studies. At the high school level, declines occurred in algebra I and II and English III. Dr. Rebecca Sharber,

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  • Achievement gaps place FCHS, HHS on ‘focus’ list

    Posted on August 26, 2014 at 8:50 am


    Franklin County’s two high schools have been cited by the Tennessee Department of Education as “focus schools” under the state’s new accountability system that replaced No Child Left Behind last year. Under the accountability system, schools are highlighted in these areas — reward, priority and focus. Focus schools are the 10 percent with the largest achievement gaps between groups of students, such as racial and ethnic groups, students from economically

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  • School Board takes steps to hire director by next year

    Posted on August 15, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Dr. Sharber with exiting school board member Chris Mcdonough.

    Dr. Rebecca Sharber’s contract doesn’t expire for almost a year, but the process to fill the Franklin County director of schools’ position is expected to be extensive, and it could take nearly that long to complete. Sharber, who has been the Franklin County system’s leader the past six years, is retiring on June 30, 2015. The Franklin County Board of Education began the process Monday to fill her shoes by

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