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School Zone: WCS and FSSD wrap up projects, prepare new employees for school year

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Students and their families are preparing for the 2019-2020 school year, starting Aug. 7 for Franklin Special School District and Aug. 9 for Williamson County Schools.

The weather doesn’t seem to be cooling down, but summer vacation is quickly coming to a close as students prepare to return to school next week.

For Williamson County Schools, students have until Friday, Aug. 9 — their first half-day. But for those in the Franklin Special School District, the school year starts Aug. 7.

WCS Superintendent Jason Golden recorded a video message for families preparing for another year of learning, recapping the school’s events over the summer and restating his vision for WCS.

“My goal for this year is for our district — each employee — to put students first. That’s a commitment our board has made in its decision making, and we’re committed to that too,” Golden said.

“That means knowing students and their families, building relationships and staying focused on helping students find success.”

WCS has recently hired about 400 new teachers to prepare for more than 41,000 students this year, but Golden said they still need more help. The schools are hiring bus drivers, cafeteria workers, teachers’ assistants, School Age Child Care workers and certified secondary math and English teachers.

“If you know a great candidate, please have them apply,” Golden said.

Additionally, FSSD is having a district-wide meet-and-greet on Aug. 5 at each school for students and parents to meet their new teachers and classmates from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

To cope with the county’s growth, WCS is going through some major changes with new construction and operational projects. Parents should note that school lunch prices are unchanged from last year, but WCS has switched their method of payment to MySchoolBucks, which requires each family to set up an online account for payment.

Additionally, some of the schools’ capital projects are coming to a close. Scales Elementary School in Brentwood received a 10-classroom addition, and the construction is wrapping up. There will be a ribbon cutting at the school Aug. 8 at 10:30 a.m.

The Grassland Middle Auditorium’s expected completion date is Aug. 30, and the additions to Page Middle School will finish around Sept. 16.

Finally — a project everyone has been watching in anticipation — the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center is nearly open. The schools will hold a ribbon cutting at the facility on Claude Yates Drive Aug. 8 at 9 a.m.

SACC registration for WCS families is also open from now until Aug. 20. The first day of childcare is Monday, Aug. 19.

For more information on WCS, visit wcs.edu. For FSSD, visit fssd.org.

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