By JOHN McBRYDE
The Franklin Special School District’s Board of Education unanimously approved the school calendar for 2019-20 and the strategic plan for the next five years at their meeting Monday night at Freedom Middle School.
Both items had been in draft form for some time. After giving them full discussion at the board’s retreat Saturday, members signed off on them Monday with an air of gratification.
“I’m really grateful that we all are mindful of our educators to be able to enjoy their break as well,” board member Allena Bell said. “That’s just not lost on me. I know the kids look forward to their break, but I really want our educators to continue to serve for years to come and that’s such a big part of their being able to enjoy that.”
The calendar, scheduled to be on the FSSD website Tuesday, has school beginning for students Aug. 7 and ending the year on May 22. Fall break will last a week, from Oct. 7-11, as will the Thanksgiving holiday from Nov. 25-29. Winter break runs from Dec. 23-Jan.3, while spring break is March 16-20.
As for the district’s strategic plan titled Reach 2024, FSSD Director of Schools David Snowden said work had progressed on the plan for many months. With input from board members, staff, parents and others in the community, it went through numerous changes before it was developed in the form members voted on Monday.
The plan has four goals listed as priorities:
- Literacy: By 2024, FSSD will achieve a 75% proficiency level on the state achievement measure (TNReady) and a Level 5 on state growth measure (TVAAS).
- Student well-being: By 2024, the FSSD will increase support for students’ mental, emotional and behavioral health, which will be evidenced by annual reviews of each strategy to determine change, expansion and documentation of support.
- Equity in facilities: By 2024, all campuses will have equitable and appropriate spaces and systems in place to foster academic, social, emotional, physical and creative development in each student.
- College and career readiness: By 2024, students will be able to match their strengths and interests to prepare them for college and career.
“We’re elated with this strategic plan,” Snowden said. “There are a lot of other goals, but we believe these four goals and the strategies within these goals are going to mean a great deal as we move forward in the next five years. The strategic plan is very fluid, and as we go forward when changes need to be made, we’re certainly going to do that.”