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Superintendent

Superintendent Michael Sander
Dr. Michael D. Sander      Superintendent of Schools
Office:

  150 East Sixth Street
Franklin, OH 45005
Phone:   937.746.1699
Email:   msander@franklincityschools.com

 


 

Lynn Hetzler     Administrative Assistant to Superintendent
Phone:   937.746.1699
Email:    LHetzler@franklincityschools.com

 

Franklin City Schools Organizational Chart 

A Letter from the Superintendent 

 
Greetings from Franklin City Schools!
 
Thank you for visiting our website; we hope you find it useful and full of news about the great things that our students are doing in and out of the classrooms.

A very successful year is behind us — one that was full of learning, honors, and achievement for our students — and we're eager to welcome our students back for the 2019-2020 school year. An example of student achievement is the scholarships earned by the Class of 2019; altogether, the class earned a record $3.48 million in scholarships from colleges, universities, foundations, and organizations!

Our students’ successes are built on the foundation of a strong school board, faculty, staff, and administration, and made possible by the confidence of our district voters. The 2019-20 school year will continue the strong programs we have in place.

Franklin High School students will benefit from several continuing initiatives; the first is a Workforce Development program that matches students who plan to enter the workforce immediately after high school with Warren County organizations that have workforce needs. This initiative is a partnership with Warren County Foundation and United Way of Warren County. Franklin students are working with Greenpoint Metals on Shotwell Drive, and several signed employment agreements this spring.

A second successful program is the Early College Information Technology Pathway, which allows FHS students to graduate with both a high school diploma and one year of a BS in Information Technology. The program’s partners — Franklin High School, Warren County Career Center, Sinclair Community College, and University of Cincinnati — signed an agreement in March 2018. The first group of FHS students enrolled in this 1/2 day program last fall and enrollment continues to grow.

A third program is College Credit Plus, where high school students are enrolled in college classes. Our primary partner college is Sinclair Community College, which recently shared 2018-19 data for FHS students. 129 students in grades 9-12 were enrolled in CCP, taking 925 credit hours, saving Franklin families $149,850 in tuition. CCP offerings will continue in ’19-’20.

At the elementary level, we’re pleased that 100% of our third graders met the Third Grade Reading Guarantee; these excellent results are direct result of our stellar staff, and programs including all-day kindergarten, FastForward, and COMPASS.

As always, student safety and building security are top priorities. We continue to upgrade our safety vestibules, and Pennyroyal's was finished this summer; next up are Hunter and Gerke. When those are finished, the vestibule updates will be complete. Additionally, we completely replaced the high school's camera system.

When school begins, Franklin Junior High students and staff will welcome a new principal, Tammy Burchfield, who comes to us from Waynesville. Her career there included an eleven-year stint as a middle school guidance counselor, three years as a middle school principal, and four years as an elementary school principal. We look forward to working with her.

Students, staff, and the public will benefit from the Technology Department's summer of hard work. The rollout of the One-to-One Chromebook program continues; this year, every student in grades 7-11 will have their own Chromebook. Within three years, this will have expanded to all students. The Tech Department also expanded the district's wireless access; now every classroom and the administrative offices have a wireless access point. The district continues to replace SmartBoards with ViewSonic ViewBoards. Gerke and Schenck were upgraded this summer, joining the high school and Hunter where they were already in use. Additionally, the district has more presence on social media with the addition of Instagram and LinkedIn accounts; these are all excellent ways to learn about the great things happening in our district.

Planning for new facilities will be a major project this year, and one that requires public partnership. This spring, the board passed a resolution to enter into the ELP (Expedited Local Partnership) with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC). This program will allow us to construct new buildings in two phases. More important -- the district locked in the percentage that the state will pay for our new buildings — 56%! The Board is planning to place a bond issue for new buildings on the ballot in Nov. 2020.

Our youngest buildings (Franklin High School and Pennyroyal Elementary) are both 50+ years old, and the oldest, — Franklin Junior High — is approaching 100. When the state evaluated our buildings, they determined that all but the high school need to be replaced. We've appealed that decision and asked them to take a second look at the high school in hopes that they will support a teardown and not just a renovation for that building, too.

However, the board has been clear that the community will determine the desired building configuration. To gather public input, a series of forums will begin in August where we will hear your voices. If you have the opportunity to participate in a forum, please do! The most crucial decision is to determine the desired building mix — for example, does the community want a high school, middle school, and two elementary buildings? While we have enjoyed our five neighborhood elementary schools, to some extent, the district must consolidate. Why? Because OFCC won’t pay for a building that houses fewer than 350 students. If OFCC says they will pay 56% for four buildings and the community wants a fifth or even a sixth, then the community needs to understand that taxpayers would have to pay 100% of the cost of those additional buildings.

Just as we need your input on new buildings, educating your children would be impossible without the partnership of students, families, school personnel, and the community. As always, don’t hesitate to contact me about any questions or concerns you may have. 
 
Dr. Mike Sander