It promises to be one of
Voters will decide in November whether they want to go to an appointed, rather than an elected superintendent.
There will be a change in the school board member representing a huge portion of
There’s a new principal and assistant at Franklin County Schools, both females, the first time that’s been the case in years.
But with all these changes, the most important detail, that of the students, took center stage Monday, and the numbers, and the enthusiasm, were both up.
“It went phenomenal. It went exceptionally well. We had a great day yesterday,” said Kris Bray Monday, principal of
“I’m extremely excited about our school year,” said Chimene Johnson, principal of the
“We have had a few ‘crises,” she added with a smile that indicated it was nothing out of the ordinary on a day marked by an emotional mix of apprehension and enthusiasm from students.
Enrollment is up at both campuses, with the traditional campus welcoming 986 students Monday, 488 in grades kindergarten through fifth, 192 in the middle school grades six through eight, and 306 in high school grades nine through 12.
She said more than 25 new students, from as far away as
The numbers at the
The biggest change at the main campus has been combining the middle and high school students into a single, 25-minute lunch period, and in having all the students in the morning share breakfast at the same time, from 7:30 to 8 a.m., with HeadStart and pre-K students after that.
“That has gone better than any of us could even hope for,” said Bray.
She said combining middle and high school students is necessary in order to have one consistent bell schedule, to accommodate those middle school students enrolled in high school Algebra 1.
“Student acceleration is what the state is pushing for,” said Bray. “We have to get our eighth graders to get high school credit and being on the same bell schedule allows us to do that.”
Both principals praised the efforts of their teachers in preparing for the school year, and in accommodating changes.
Another big change at the ABC campus is the new expanded parking lot, which now can accommodate 50 spaces. Johnson said the work was completed for about $122,000, and was enabled by the district providing 5 percent of its capital outlay revenue to the school, similar to the amount in past years.