FSSD swears in new board members
By Carole Robinson, Staff Writer
The first order of business of the Franklin Special School District’s Monday evening meeting was the swearing in of newly elected board members. Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Connie Clark issued the Oath of Office to veteran board members Robert Blair and Melanie Hembree and newly-elected member Alicia Spencer Barker.
The board went on to elect its own officers; there was no change. Sherry Badger remained on as board chairwoman with Tim Stillings as vice chairwoman, Melanie Hembree as secretary and Robert Blair as treasurer.
Board members and school personnel had something to celebrate with the release of the Achievement/Gap Closure Report for 2012. This is a new accountability system to replace No Child Left Behind. Third grade math and reading proficiency surpassed the target 67.8 percent hitting 76.2 percent in math and surpassing the target of 63.9 percent and achieving 65.2 percent in reading.
In seventh grade math, the target was hit but there was a decrease in reading proficiency.
The gap closure targets in all subgroups were met or almost met.
“We are very proud of our competence as well as the gap closure,” said district superintendent David Snowden.
The board also heard a summary report of the District Accreditation on-site visit, which will take place April 7-10, 2013. On site accreditation visits occur every five years to ensure Standards for Quality are maintained. Since several changes were recently made in those standards, the district delayed last year’s visit to ensure readiness and compliance. Standards that will be evaluated include purpose and direction, governance and leadership, teaching and assessing for learning, resources and support systems and the use of results for continuous improvement. Each elementary school’s pre-kindergarten program will also be evaluated.
“Mama Mac,” Sandy Hime reported on the MAC – Morning and Afternoon Care Program for school-age children. The program began in 1990 in response to a request from Saturn Corporation to provide a “latch-key” program. In the last 16 years “thousands of children” have used the program, which is fully-funded by the parents who utilize the service.
“MAC is a little different than most daycare programs.” Himes told the board. “We don’t charge people when they don’t come.”
The service, which is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., is available during the school year, through the summer, on snow days and holidays as a “home away from home.”
Posted on: 9/20/2012