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Dr. Sharber with exiting school board member Chris Mcdonough.

School Board takes steps to hire director by next year

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 5:04 am

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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  • All FC students get free breakfast

    Posted on August 12, 2014 at 5:06 am

    Fourth grader Jackson Wine goes through the breakfast line at Clark Elementary School Monday, participating in a year-long free breakfast program the Franklin County school system has implemented to help promote better learning.

    In a move to promote a better learning environment, all Franklin County school system students are getting free breakfasts the entire academic year through a special pilot program Melissa Livesay, Franklin County school nutrition supervisor, said this past week that the program stemmed from a move to comply with the Community Eligibility Provision, a law being implemented nation-wide this year. She said the law is part of the ‘Healthy Hungry

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  • Summer break is over: School starts Wednesday

    Posted on August 5, 2014 at 9:27 am

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    It’s back to the drawing board on Wednesday — literally. Much to some students’ dismay, but welcomed by others, Franklin County’s schools will be back in session from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Dr. Rebecca Sharber, director of schools, said the “abbreviated” day is to get students acclimated to their new class surroundings and get acquainted with their teachers. The first full school day is Friday, beginning at 8

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  • SRO tactical training geared to improve safety

    Posted on August 1, 2014 at 5:23 am

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    A vacant Monteagle cabin and Franklin County High and Broadview schools don’t ordinarily have much in common, but this past week they did when they played host to law enforcement authorities honing their tactical skills. Franklin County school resource officers conducted training as a refresher on controlling situations, self-defense and gun control. Sheriff Tim Fuller summed up what the military type maneuvers were all about. “These officers are in charge

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  • Franklin County Schools in running for grant

    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 3:06 pm


    The Monsanto Fund has announced the finalists for this year’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grants, and Franklin County Schools has made the short list. If approved, the school system could get a $25,000 grant to be used toward educational computer related upgrades. Dr. Rebecca Sharber, the school system’s director, said the grant being pursued is called “Flipped Learning, Instruction, and Practice in Math,” F.L.I.P. Math for short. “It addresses

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  • FC School Board begrudgingly approves no tax budget request

    Posted on July 18, 2014 at 12:49 pm


    Much to its dismay, the Board of Education has approved to forward its 2014-15 budget to the Franklin County Commission with no additional revenue requested, leaving great concern about how bad the financial picture will be next year. The Franklin County Finance Committee recently denied the Board of Education’s previous 7-cent property tax increase request, and that left the board and its chairman, Kevin Caroland, pondering what they fear will

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  • FC Schools focusing on teacher development

    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 4:54 am


    With the 2014-15 academic year to begin on Aug. 6, Franklin County Schools is implementing an initiative called Late Start Wednesdays to allow teachers special time to discuss student results and improve the learning environment. Director of Schools Dr. Rebecca Sharber said Tuesday that starting late on Wednesdays — 8:30 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. — will allow all teachers dedicated time to meet as “professional learning communities.” The effort

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