School system conducting an improvement survey | Local News

In order to address recent concerns about the Franklin County school system, a brand committee is conducting a survey to gauge the public’s overall perception of the system’s operations.

Leah Harrell, secondary supervisor of curriculum and instruction, said schools principal Stanley Bean formed the committee to get feedback to identify target areas and make improvements.

Do you believe we have good schools in Franklin County?

Would you recommend Franklin County Schools to a new resident of the area?

Do you have any suggestions on how to improve our neighborhood?

School board member Linda Jones said at the board meeting Dec. 6, 2021, that morale within the Franklin County school system and its reputation are at an all-time low, and something needs to be done about it. topic.

Jones criticized the way the system is run and said academic performance has declined to the point where action needs to be taken to get the system back on track.

The board agreed to focus on five target areas, including:

• Better support teachers and take measures to boost morale.

• Improve test scores and student reading ability.

• Improve the conditions that affect the social and mental health of students and teachers.

• Improve the salary structure of teachers.

• Improve public perception of the school system.

Jones gave an impassioned speech after the council heard a presentation on iTeach, a nationally accredited online alternative teacher certification program that helps people with bachelor’s degrees earn outside teaching licenses. traditional ways.

The council discussed how teachers have left the system, following a national trend, and how other avenues should be considered to recruit and train them.

Although criticism has been voiced about the school system, a message was posted Friday on its social media pages stating that Franklin County High School was named a Level 5 school in its 2021 American College Testing results. .

Level 5 schools are those that have significant evidence that their students have exceeded the state growth standard. Tier 5 schools also show overall growth and student achievement.

The results show that the school’s students achieved a Level 5 score in English, Reading, Science and Reasoning, as well as ACT composite results and recorded a Level 4 in Mathematics.

Jeremy S. McLain