Big year ahead for schools

This sign, complete with cotton balls, greet ABC School students on Monday.

This sign, complete with cotton balls, greet ABC School students on Monday.

David Adlerstein
Published: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 11:39 AM.

It promises to be one of Franklin County ’s most momentous years ever for its schools, and it started out on a strong note Monday.

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 Apalachicola , as longtime board chairman Jimmy Gander has stepped down, and will be replaced by newcomer Stacy Kirvin.

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 Franklin County School , with Harolyn Walker serving as assistant.

“I’m extremely excited about our school year,” said Chimene Johnson, principal of the Apalachicola Bay Charter School .



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