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

  754 East Fourth Street
Franklin, OH 45005
Phone:   937.746.1699


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Lynn Hetzler     Administrative Assistant to Superintendent
Phone:   937.746.1699 Option 1


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Superintendent's Updates

Greetings from Franklin City Schools! 
Welcome to another school year! We’re excited to welcome grade 1-12 students on Aug. 21, and Kindergarten students on both Aug. 21 (last name A through M) and Aug. 22 (last name N through Z). Students and families will have the chance to meet their teachers at open houses on Thursday, Aug. 17.

We're also looking forward to kicking off a very exciting school year. In January, our new high school will come on line, the first of the new buildings in our district-wide construction project. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime scenario: The last new classroom buildings came online 55 years ago, when the current high school and Pennyroyal Elementary opened in January 1969. Dedication of the new high school is scheduled for Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. Many details are forthcoming; stay tuned! We look forward to seeing you!

When you visit the building, you'll see that the new high school’s design includes features that honor our district's past. For example:
  • The brickwork’s color and pattern are reminiscent of the old high school's exterior.
  • Archways on the bridge recall the arched windows at the old high school.
  • Graduating class composites, which have been hanging in Hampton Bennett and in the theater lobby of the current high school, will be displayed throughout the building.
  • The bridge between Hampton Bennett and the old high school is being replaced with a much wider bridge that will be formally named the Robert Hannum Bridge. A plaque on the surface will include an explanation of who he was (a member of the FHS Class of 1947) and why the bridge was/is named for him.
As new buildings come online, construction will drive several changes in building configurations. Hampton Bennett is vacant and being readied for demolition. With HB’s closing, and the new high school slated to open in early 2024, the Board has approved these dates/changes:
  • Preschool will move to Schenck Elementary for the ‘23-’24 school year.
  • The Pennyroyal Elementary campus will go offline in June 2024; students will be housed in the modular campus (Buildings A and C) behind the 6-8 middle school in August 2024.
  • This is the last year 6th graders will be in the elementary buildings. Starting in August 2024, they’ll be in the current high school, which is being converted to a 6-8 middle school.
One thing the community should be aware of: For this school year, high school winter sports (wrestling, boys basketball, and girls basketball) will still be at the current high school. An installation delay for an air handler at the new building will require us to minimize crowds in the new high school gym.

Our high school students have an exciting new opportunity. Franklin is now one of six districts to partner with Miami Regionals in their Early College Academy. Twenty-three FHS juniors were accepted to the Academy. Students will graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate's degree from Miami Regionals. High school students will have a dedicated student lounge and counselor but will be in class with the regular MUM student population. The program enhances our College Credit Plus program, creating an avenue for students who want to earn their high school diploma and associate's degree simultaneously.
The Early College Academy is possible because our levy renewed in May. We are incredibly grateful to taxpayers who overwhelmingly supported us. In addition to funding day-to-day operations, levy monies allow us to continue initiatives that are vital to our students and community: Chromebooks, all-day Kindergarten, College Credit Plus, and more.

We are excited to welcome several new staff members and administrators to the Wildcat family including new assistant principals at the high school and junior high. You may learn more about our new staff on our district Facebook page,
As always, if you have questions or concerns about Franklin City Schools, don’t hesitate to contact me at (937) 746-1699 or

Dr. Michael D. Sander, Superintendent