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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

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    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

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    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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  • School Board to re-draft budget after denied funding request

    Posted on June 24, 2014 at 4:55 am

    The Franklin County Finance Committee’s move to deny the Board of Education’s 7-cent property tax increase request has left board chairman Kevin Caroland pondering what he fears will be needed to balance the system’s budget — painful cuts and severely reducing a savings account balance. The committee approved, in a 4-1 vote Wednesday, to send the school system’s budget request back to the Board of Education to determine its budget

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  • Parents maintain eliminating bus route would cause hardship

    Posted on June 13, 2014 at 5:11 am

    Potentially removing a bus route from Belvidere’s Marshall Road area has left parents there upset about whether their children will be abruptly transferred to school in Huntland. About 25 parents and children from the area attended Monday’s Franklin County Board of Education meeting to air their concerns. The board agreed not to take any immediate action and will look at other options, considering the matter further at its regular July

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  • Pro’s presence highlights talent contest at DES

    Posted on May 30, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Entertainer and television personality Bryan Wood with Pauline Chadwick, DES talent show director.

    Decherd Elementary School has held a talent contest the past 15 years, and the most recent installment offered a special twist, making it stand out from past performances. Professional entertainer Bryan Wood recently performed during the annual talent show at Decherd Elementary. Pauline Chadwick has served as talent show director for the past 15 years at Decherd Elementary, and each year she brings a surprise entertainer to Decherd’s stage. This

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  • FC School Board settles on 7-cent tax hike request

    Posted on May 30, 2014 at 10:18 am

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    In an attempt to reach a compromise that might stand a better chance at being accepted by the County Commission, the Franklin County Board of Education unanimously approved a budget request Monday that includes a 7-cent property tax increase. The board has been trying to develop a budget that will have at least $2.4 million as a reserve fund balance at the end of June to carry over into the

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