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FC School Board to whittle away at $1.2 million gap

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 4:00 am

Employee insurance cuts, scaling back bus purchases and changing the high school class schedule are main avenues the Franklin County Board of Education is begrudgingly considering to offset a $1.2 million budget shortfall. The board worked through an initial draft Monday and the prognosis for the coming months is simple — more money is needed or something is going to have to give way. Cindy Latham, Franklin County deputy director

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    Posted on April 8, 2014 at 2:06 pm

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    Indiana is the first state to formally withdraw from the Common Core education standards, and pending questions at the local level have at least one Franklin County Board of Education member questioning whether it might be better if Tennessee did the same thing. Chris Guess said Common Core appears as though it will be taking control over the educational curriculum out of local school boards’ hands and placing much more

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  • Haslam’s budget announcement spells no teacher pay hike

    Posted on April 8, 2014 at 10:42 am

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    EDITOR brian justice   Gov. Bill Haslam says he won’t be able to give state employees and teachers a pay increase next year mainly because of reductions due to an ongoing decline in revenue collections, and that statement means the Franklin County Board of Education might be going back to the budget drawing board. Haslam said in an Associated Press story that poor revenue collections are forcing him to make

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  • FCHS students study alternative energy

    Posted on April 3, 2014 at 3:01 pm

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    The National Defense Cadet Corps cadets at Franklin County High School recently expanded their energy education knowledge. Staff with Elk River Public Utility District recently visited the high school, bringing along with them the utility’s special vehicles that are powered by Compressed Natural Gas or CNG. Don Keele and Lavoid Baltimore, marketing representatives with ERPUD, told the students about the future of CNG and its application as an alternative energy

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  • FCHS students learn about alternative energy

    Posted on March 28, 2014 at 11:07 am

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      The National Defense Cadet Corps (NDCC) cadets at Franklin County High School recently expanded their energy education knowledge. Because the  cadets wanted to know more about the future of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and its application as an alternative energy source for transportation so they recently visited with Elk River Public Utility representatives. Don Keele and Mr. Lavoid Baltimore of  ERPUD gave a presentation on the environmental and economic

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  • City council extends hand to Huntland School

    Posted on March 14, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Huntland Mayor Patrick Matthews gives Huntland High School teacher Chris Hobbs a check for $500 on behalf of himself and the Huntland Board members. The check will help to create an exercise facility for Huntland students after school.

    STAFF WRITER Evan Harris   Huntland teacher and girls’ soccer coach Chris Hobbs is in the process of qualifying for a grant that would help create an after-school workout facility for use by all students at Huntland School. “I wanted to do something to give back to the kids so that they can be active,” Hobbs said. For the particular grant, Hobbs recently enlisted the help of Huntland Mayor Patrick

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  • What is Common Core?

    Posted on March 13, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Since the Legislature is leaning toward holding onto the Tennessee Common Core standards, the Franklin County School Board is working to implement the new educational initiative with a focus on ensuring teachers fully understand what it’s all about. Dr. Rebecca Sharber, Franklin County Schools director, updated the board Monday about what Common Core is. The standards are intended to provide students with the critical thinking, problem solving and writing skills

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