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School Board Interviews Two Candidates To Fill Vacant Seat

School Board Interviews Two Candidates To Fill Vacant Seat

A newcomer and a former school board member are contending to fill a short-term vacancy on the Board of Education. The Board of Education interviewed the two – newcomer Dennis Hopkins and former board member Christine Danielsen – at a special meeting on September 17. The unfinished three-month term occurred when former board member Michelle […]

Change In School Opening Plan Forces District Employee Furlough

Change In School Opening Plan Forces District Employee Furlough

More than 160 school district employees were furloughed as a result of the district’s change to an all-remote school opening next month. The employees fell into four categories: 36 duty aides, 27 food service workers, 87 paraprofessionals, and 18 safety officers. The Board of Education approved the furloughs without comment at its August 27 meeting. […]

Large Number Of Teachers Requesting Leave Prompted Ditching Of In-Person School Plan

Large Number Of Teachers Requesting Leave Prompted Ditching Of In-Person School Plan

The prospect of having more than 125 of the district’s roughly 800 certificated teachers not show up in the classrooms on a daily basis this Fall forced school officials’ hands in deciding against the planned in-person option for most of Franklin public school students. The district shelved its hybrid plan, which called for half of […]

School District Seeks To Delay In-Person Learning

School District Seeks To Delay In-Person Learning

With 39 percent of students opting for the remote learning learning plan for the 2020-21 school year, the district is asking for County permission to delay the start of in-person learning until November 30. Schools Superintendent John Ravally said in an August 18 phone blast to district families that the district decided to ask the […]

School Board Member Michelle Shelton Resigns

School Board Member Michelle Shelton Resigns

There are now seven people running for three available Board of Education seats, with the August 10 resignation of Board member Michelle Shelton. The Board accepted Shelton’s resignation at its August 12 meeting. Shelton, whose first term ends at the end of this year, said she resigned because she has moved out of the township. […]

School District Hopes To Offer Free COVID-19 Testing For District Staff, Families

School District Hopes To Offer Free COVID-19 Testing For District Staff, Families

Free coronavirus testing for school district staff, students and their families is in the planning stages, and could be offered by the end of the month. That was one of the nuggets of information provided by schools Superintendent John Ravally August 4 during a teleconference “Town Hall” held to answer questions about the re-opening of […]

10 Percent Of Township Students Opt Out Of In-Person Learning, So Far

10 Percent Of Township Students Opt Out Of In-Person Learning, So Far

On the eve of a virtual town hall meeting to discuss the school district’s reopening plan, nearly 10 percent of the township’s student population will start the school year learning at home. District spokeswoman Mary Clark said that as of the afternoon of Aug. 3, the district was notified that 666 students would opt for […]

School Board: District Is ‘Institutionally Racist,’ Sets Anti-Racism Goals

School Board: District Is ‘Institutionally Racist,’ Sets Anti-Racism Goals

A policy that acknowledges historic and current “personal and institutional racism” in the school district, as well as a commitment to overcome it, was introduced on first reading at the July 23 Board of Education meeting. In its “anti-racism” policy, the Board pledged to “end the predictive value of race and ensure the success of […]

Eight Candidates File For Three Board Of Education Seats

Eight Candidates File For Three Board Of Education Seats

Eight township residents are vying for three available three-year seats on the Board of Education. That group includes all three incumbents, Michelle Shelton, Nisihita Desai and Michael T. Smith, who are running as a slate. The incumbents are running for their second terms. The challengers who filed, and who are running individually, are: William Grippo […]

FHS Athletes Face Stringent Requirements In Summer Workouts

FHS Athletes Face Stringent Requirements In Summer Workouts

Things are going to be different when Franklin High School athletes hit the fields for training later this month. For one, there will be no hugs, no high-fives, no fist-bumps, no contact of any kind, for that matter. “(W)orkouts shall be limited to conditioning, skill sets, and sport-specific non-contact drills,” according to the high school’s […]

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