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Board to discuss math textbook review

Posted on January 9, 2015 at 5:00 am

The Franklin County School District is offering the public an opportunity to review textbooks and material being considered for use in K-12th grade math programs and will discuss the issue further when it meets Monday night. The board will gather at the Board of Education’s Central Administrative building, 215 S. College St. in Winchester, at 6:30 p.m. Plans are to have the textbooks and related educational available for public review

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  • Ride for Reading boosts Decherd Elementary

    Posted on December 1, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Chief Master Sgt. Everett Smith, who heads the National Defense Cadet Corps program at Franklin County High School, begins the Ride for Reading route along Spring Street this past week to deliver more than 1,500 books to Decherd Elementary School students (main photo). Each student was granted an early Christmas present by getting four books to take home and read. Cadets have chosen Ride for Reading as their community project

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  • ‘Ms. Bubbles’ and her entourage spread sunshine

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 1:05 pm


    Victoria Vaughan of Belvidere (aka “Ms. Bubbles,” by those who know her best) regularly visits area nursing homes on a mission to spread cheer. Nursing home residents can always look forward to being entertained by this clever and young-at-heart 83-year-old visitor who often brings along cookies and a bag of tricks to coax out a smile. Ms. Vaughan takes it upon herself to make the long trip in her old

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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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  • South Middle students honored for academics

    Posted on May 20, 2014 at 11:44 am

    South Middle School students Billy Sims (from left), Rachel Hammer, Victoria Howard and Macasia Dedrick recently received state recognition for their American College Testing scores in the Duke Talent Identification Program.

    Four South Middle School students have excelled academically to where they are being recognized through a special program by Duke University, based in Durham, N.C. Students Billy Sims, Rachel Hammer, Victoria Howard and Macasia Dedrick recently received state recognition for their American College Testing scores in the Duke Talent Identification Program. Academically-talented seventh graders are being recognized this spring for their exceptional scores on the ACT or Scholastic Assessment Test.

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  • Haslam’s budget announcement spells no teacher pay hike

    Posted on April 8, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Teacher Pointing at Map of World

    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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