To The Daily Sun,
Franklin, don't miss a great upcoming opportunity to satisfy the community stakeholders desire to improve public education.
The recent Franklin city elections have indicated that the community wanted changes in public education. Faster student improvement and a better "work-together attitude" seems to be a general goal.
There are a number of new, energized School Board members and a generally strong City Council. The mayor is also a strong supporter of public education. I also believe that an increasing number of parents are more comfortable with the school staff in helping to solve student issues by working with the parents.
In the next several weeks the School Board will start interviewing prospective superintendents to operate the Franklin School District for the next few years. The great opportunity is that our School Board members will be able to hire someone who understands and supports the School Board's vision for public education representing all of the community stakeholders.
The School Board needs input from the community as soon as possible because it is very important that the board have an approved community-supported Education Vision before the superintendent interviewing starts. Having a community-supported (stakeholders) Vision for public education is one of the primary responsibilities of all public school boards.
A few examples of possible vision statements for the community:
A. The reputation of our entire community improves as graduation rates improve significantly. An increasing percentage of our students are academically prepared to lead full productive lives.
B. The reputation of the entire Franklin community will increase significantly as the average level of students' performance level rises in all key (reading, math) subjects to 80 percent or better. (That would probably be in about the top 15 percent).
C. The Franklin school system will achieve a significant improvement level of students testing proficient or higher in key subjects.
D. The Franklin School District will ensure that every student with a low or failing performance level will have access to an (IDP) Individual Development Plan including one teacher or staff member and one parent and the student.
These are just a few possibilities.
Call your three School Board members (three in each Ward). Tell them the education vision you have or you would like for our community and ask them what they think. Call your School Board members soon as it is very important for them to have your input and then they can better determine the correct choice for superintendent. We all do not want our School Board to hire a superintendent before the board has at least a good idea of what the direction and vision that the stakeholders can and will strongly support. It is really important to determine the vision for the district before we start to interview for a superintendent.
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