Office of Assistant Superintendent

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 Dr. Douglas A. Cozad 
 Assistant Superintendent
 150 East Sixth Street
 Franklin, Ohio 45005
 Phone: (937) 743-8601
Pamela Holliday,
Secretary to Assistant Superintendent
Phone: (937)  743-8601

The Office of Assistant Superintendent supports the educational process in the areas of curriculum/instruction and student services. Curriculum and instruction involve all activities that are associated with student learning. This includes subjects/topics to be taught, instructional approaches, educational materials and other educational experiences. Student Services assists all students with special needs through the efforts of educational psychologists, counselors, the school nurse, speech/language pathologists, the media coordinator, the gifted and talented teachers, academic intervention teachers, special education services and alternative school placement services.

Race To The Top

RttT Goals Year 5 2014-15


Activity Description

The LEA commits to participating in high quality professional development on the new standards and state assessments and will contribute teacher and principal time to participate.

Strategy/performance indicators

The LEA will ensure that all curriculum are aligned to the new standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

The LEA will ensure that teachers in the tested grades/subjects in the areas of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies will investigate and have collaborative time to learn about test specifications, sample performance tasks and rubrics of the Next Generation of Assessments.

Activity Rationale

The LEA needs an additional year of support in this area due to the challenge of effectively implementing new standards while at the same time trying to get ready for Next Generation of Assessments. After teaching the new standards last year, teachers need collaborative time to refine and revisit these curriculum alignments. To add to this challenge is the lack of timely information about what these assessments look like. We continue to find out more information on an on-going basis about the details of the Next Generation of Assessments. As the information becomes available, teachers need time to learn about and integrate its use in his/her classroom.



Activity Description

The LEA will continue to commit to implementing the resident educator program with intensive supports for new teachers. 

Strategy/performance indicators

The LEA will contract and collaborate with a local ESC to provide a resident educator program. A trained, in-district mentor will be provided for every teacher involved in the resident educator program. Documentation will include: the program and its components, assigned mentees and mentors, assigned mentees and mentors attendance at resident educator meetings, completion of the requirements necessary for each teacher’s yearly requirements, and documented collaboration between mentors and mentees.

Activity Rationale

Effectively supporting new teachers is critical to high retention rates and to provide them with the needed resources to start their teaching career. This initial support is one of the keys to becoming an effective teacher. Finding good mentors, and providing them with high quality mentor training, is also a key ingredient to supporting new teachers who are a part of the resident educator program. Additionally, mentors and mentees will meet and collaborate on a regular basis as a part of a structured resident educator program. 

District Leadership Team Feb-Mar 2012 Newsletter

District Leadership Team Dec-Jan 2012 Newsletter

Student Achievement Recognition

In January 2001, Franklin City Schools established a Student Achievement Award to honor students who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in academics, community service, or character. Since the award's inception, 66 students have been recognized by the Board of Education.

Examples (but not an exhaustive list) of achievements that would merit this award:

·  Perect (or high) scores on SAT or ACT (minimum composite score in the 95th percentile)

·  Winners or district-wide competitions such as spelling bees and speech contests.

·  Scoring at the advanced level on four or five out of five of the Ohio Proficiency Test

·  Exemplary service to others, including heroic acts.

·  Three consecutive years of perfect school attendance, with no absences, no tardys, and no sign-outs.

·  Best of the graduation class, based on GPA.

·  Wildcat of the Year (Junior High)

·  State or National recognition in the areas listed above (academics, service, and character).

Any Franklin student, including those attending the Career Center, is eligible for this award. Students may be nominated by any district employee, Board Member, or by another student.

Nominations are reviewed by a committee consisting of students, parents, administrators, Board Members, and community members. The committee meets monthly.


The Student Achievement Committee meets to review nominations on the first Monday of each month. If you are interested in serving as a parent or community representative, please contact us.


Franklin City Schools is proud to accept a donation from the George and Margaret McLane Foundation for $50,000 with an additional $150,000 donated over the next two school years for a total of $200,000. This donation will be used exclusively for the Student Achievement/Enrichment grant. This grant is designed to recognize and support exemplary practices that will have a positive impact on student achievement and/or provide enrichment experiences for the students of Franklin City Schools. The McLane Foundation was founded through an endowment by Wilhelmina McLane after her passing in 2011. She was a 1926 Franklin HS graduate and her father, George, was a four time mayor of Franklin. This foundation also supports the students of Franklin City Schools through two annual scholarships, replacement of the high school auditorium curtains, and sponsorship of the spring musical and McLane Summer Music Program. The students, staff, and Board of Education of Franklin City Schools sincerely thanks the McLane Foundation for this generous gift.   


The Student Acheivement Committee of Franklin City Schools is looking for suggestions on a name for its new Student Achievement/Enrichment grant. DO YOU HAVE A SUGGESTION OR AN IDEA? The name should be created in the spirit of the community of Franklin and to honor or recognize student achievement and/or enrichment. If you have a suggestion, please email Assistant Superintendent Doug Cozad at


Click on the link to find out more about this grant and committee.


Take the Test

"Take the Test"

Are you curious about the standardized tests that students take?  Visit the ODE website ( and search for Testing to see sample questions (and answers) from the third grade reading achievement test and math and reading questions from the Ohio Graduation Test. This booklet is in .pdf format.  Also, other testing information is included about Ohio’s Achievement Tests.

Taking Tips!

  • Get a good night's rest
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Bring materials you will need
  • Sharpen pencils prior to the test

Approach the test with CONFIDENCE

  • View the test as an opportunity to show how much you know
  • Don't let yourself become anxious
  • Take a deep breath to relax.

Keep your eyes on your own test

  • Don't cause unnecessary trouble for yourself.

When you begin

  • Pace yourself
  • Mark the answer sheet very carefully. Stray pencil marks can be picked up by the computer, causing the wrong answer to be recorded.

Types of Questions

  • Multiple Choice
  • Essay questions with writing prompts

Multiple Choice

  • You have to choose which ending or answer is correct!
  • If you know the correct answer, carefully mark it and go to the next question.
  • When you are uncertain:
  • eliminate the choices you know are wrong
  • are there any "key" words?
  • silly or ridiculous answers are usually not the correct choice
  • Don't go against your first impulse unless you are SURE you were wrong!
  • Don't eliminate answers unless you actually know what every word means!

Essay Questions/Writing Prompts
Before you Begin Writing:

  • Really look at the question/prompt. Are you sure you know what it is asking? Compare/Contrast, Describe, Explain, Friendly Letter, Argue, Invitation, Letter to the Editor
  • Think about what you are going to say, then make a web.
  • Write your answer in complete sentences.
  • State things as clearly as you can.
  • Write LEGIBLY! If the person grading the test can't read what you wrote they may mark it wrong.

What about MATH?

  • Do the easiest problems first.
  • Check you math answers for careless mistakes.
  • Your first choice is usually correct; don't change answers unless you are sure of the correction.

I'm Finished, I think!

  • Use extra time to make sure you answered all the questions.
  • Go over the more difficult questions and read them a second time.
  • Read Essays/prompts for accuracy first and grammar second.

Don't Let others distract you!
Stay focused! If others finish before you, don't panic; use your time wisely.

Think positive! Listen to directions! Take your time! There is no reward for finishing first!

Show Your Wildcat Pride!
Do your best on the test!


Testing Schedule

District Curriculum

    Professional Development

    Information coming soon.