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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.

School Board to continue director search process

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 12:59 pm

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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  • 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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