The Franklin County Community School Board of Trustees met on Monday, Feb. 8 where topics of discussion included finances and expanding summer school.

As part of the financial report portion of the meeting, the Education Fund balance stood at $1,877,822 and the Operation fund balance was at -$106,150. A year ago, this balance was at $404,447.

During FCCSC superintendent Tammy Chavis' report, she also described a decrease in enrollment. This was part of a preliminary report of the corporation's average daily membership count. The current enrollment is 2,021, a drop in 21 students. Eighteen of those students are midterm graduates and two students faced expulsion. One student’s status is being investigated by the corporation. A final count will be given at the next board meeting.

According to director of operations Keith Isaacs, summer school will be expanded to all schools this year. Brookville, Mt. Carmel and Laurel elementary schools are looking at two sessions: The first session being June 1-14 and the second being a jump start session that will run July 19-30.
The Franklin County Middle School will be offering a 17-day session running June 1-22 as well as a jump start session. Franklin County High School will also have a 17-day session running June 1-22.

There were two celebrations during the evening, the first being some ag students who participated in the horticulture career development unit. Those recognized were Haisley Helms, Sami Volk, Tiffany Billman, Liz Wendel and Dorothy Wendel. These students were able to place third in the FFA state Horticulture Junior Division.

FCMS teacher Chad Gutzwiller was also recognized as February's Educator of the Month.

As part of new business, seating capacity limits for sporting events will continue to be based on the county's color-coded metrics. Red or orange means overall attendance should not exceed over 25 percent of the facilities capacity. At the time of the meeting, the county was still coded orange.
FCHS was switched to an in-person five-day-a-week schedule with proper social distancing and precautions in place. This was scheduled to begin on Feb. 11.

Isaacs also gave an update on the construction at the high school. The board looked at a layout of the equipment for the weight room, purchase orders for music suite technology have been sent out and brick laying will begin as weather permits.

Board trustee Grant Reeves gave a legislative update. He discussed certain action that would be upcoming in regard to liability during the pandemic, a proposal to allow electronic meetings to continue and legislation that could increase funding for voucher schools.

Board trustee Beth Foster suggested contacting representatives as the legislative session progresses, as there are lots of bills that could impact public schools monetarily. Chavis said area school superintendents are set to meet with Sen. Jeff Raatz in February.

Other items discussed included:

White Oak Lawn Care was approved as the lawn care service for Mt. Carmel and Laurel elementary schools. Get Green Lawn Care was approved as the landscaping service.

Some changes were discussed in regard to the FCMS handbooks. Some of those changes: defining words such as remote, online and eLearning as well the discipline policy and how report cards will be distributed.

Phil Harsh was selected to represent the school board on the Franklin County public library board.

The board voted to continue investing the corporation's CD at Bath State Bank for an additional nine months at the rate of 0.54 %.

Chavis appointed various board members to committees and updated new board members and their respective titles in the board policy.

The high school will be putting on Little Women as a musical.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for March 8 at 7 p.m.