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FIRST THURSDAY VOLUME 4, ISSUE 7

Another Year of Gains

Franklin County Schools Our Future, Our Commitment, Our Students

JULY, 2009

Much Needed Space

EOG and EOC Results Improve The 2008-2009 school year is complete for Franklin County Schools, and overall, the system showed improvement in the state testing program. While there wasn’t improvement in all areas, for the most part, FCS students continue to improve overall and are closer to meeting the ever rising standards. When students begin to meet goals across the state, the bar is typically raised by state educators by making standards higher. The math EOG was SEE TESTING PAGE 2

New FHS Update See page 9 for an update on the status of the new Franklinton High School project.

Edward Best Elementary students will return to five new modular classroom units and an accompanying boardwalk this fall. The project was part of the FCS local capital outlay budget for the 2008-2009 school year.

Edward Best Receives Five New Modular Classroom Units Edward Best Elementary students will return to school with some welcomed class space improvements this fall. Five new modular classrooms have been installed, along with an appealing boardwalk. The project was part of the Franklin County Schools’ local capital outlay budget for the 2008-2009 school year. “We are excited about it,” EBES Principal Debbie Ayscue said. “It’s always nice to get something

new, and we are grateful for any kind of positive things that can be added to our campus.” Most teachers currently in the block building at EBES will move to the new units this summer. The AIG program, music, guidance and one regular education classroom will occupy the new space. The old space will continue to house the art program and will be a new site for remediation and a resource room. SEE EBES PAGE 10


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restructured for the 2006-2007 experienced gains in eighth-grade school year, while the reading reading and math. test was overhauled in 2007Beginning this school year, the 2008. results for the End-of-Grade re“We continue to improve, and test in grades 3-8 now count for that is the goal,” Executive Direc- each school’s performance comtor of Curriculum and Instruction posite. In the past, a re-test was Dr. Eddie Ingram said. “While “While improvement is alimprovement is always good, we will continue to examine and ways good, we will continue improve our practice in order to achieve continuous gains in stu- to examine and improve our dent achievement.” practice in order to achieve Among the many highlights this year on the elementary level continuous gains in student include Louisburg Elementary’s achievement.” 17-point leap in fourth-grade Dr. Eddie Ingram reading and a 12-point surge in fifth-grade reading at FranklinFCS Interim Superintendent ton Elementary. Additional strong performances include a 17-point gain in fourth-grade only used for promotion purreading for Laurel Mill Elementary poses. For comparison reasons, School, an 11-point increase in the EOG table provided shows math for fifth-grade students at results prior to the retest, as well Edward Best, and a nine-point as after the retest for both readincrease in fifth-grade math at ing and math. The EOG tables Bunn Elementary. reflect data since the reading and Bunn Middle improved by 15 math tests were restructured. points in eight-grade reading and High schools students are nearly 14 points in eighth-grade evaluated at the end of certain math. Cedar Creek soared by 11 subjects through End-of-Course points in eighth-grade reading testing. Each high school in the and 17 points in eight-grade county (Bunn, Franklinton and math. Terrell Lane Middle also Louisburg) all showed consider-

able overall gains as well. “Much like the elementary and middle schools, high school achievement has continued to improve,” Ingram said. “Our students, teachers and staff in all of our schools continue to work diligently, and it is showing. Implementing the high school turnaround plan is also contributing to the positive gains.” Franklinton High School experienced its biggest gain came in Algebra II. The Red Rams increased their performance by more than 12 percentage points in that subject. FHS increased 8.7 points in US History. Bunn High experienced a strong 21-point gain in Geometry along with 15-point increases in both Algebra II and Chemistry. The Wildcats mustered an impressive 18-point improvement in Physical Science. Louisburg High experienced big gains as well. The Warriors were up 25 points in Physics, 23 points in Algebra II, nearly 12 points in Civics and Economics and 9 points in US History.

See pages 3, 4 and 5 for detailed results.

- Nathan Moreschi


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FCS EOG Reading Comparison Chart (2008-2009) School BES

EBES

FES

LMES

LOMES

LES

RES

YES

BMS

CCMS

TLMS

Grade

07/08

08/09

08/09 after first retest

3rd

53.64

56.31

71.84

4th

54.55

60.00

69.57

5th

49.55

47.50

64.17

3rd

52.56

48.24

62.35

4th

71.43

55.95

61.90

5th

48.84

60.00

73.33

3rd

27.55

34.74

49.47

4th

48.11

44.16

55.84

5th

34.41

46.51

58.14

3rd

41.82

46.67

57.78

4th

58.00

54.72

60.38

5th

42.55

46.81

53.19

3rd

N/A

49.32

56.16

4th

N/A

61.43

81.43

5th

N/A

63.79

70.69

3rd

37.66

42.11

46.32

4th

38.55

55.56

68.25

5th

48.65

44.05

55.95

3rd

55.81

68.67

79.52

4th

61.26

83.56

90.41

5th

57.14

70.10

76.29

3rd

56.39

58.54

73.17

4th

70.64

68.83

72.73

5th

66.94

72.60

87.67

6th

58.25

62.07

71.00

7th

54.82

55.91

69.00

8th

45.33

60.43

69.00

6th

53.56

61.68

71.00

7th

56.15

53.59

66.00

8th

50.42

61.57

74.00

6th

50.00

49.41

61.00

7th

41.09

41.61

52.00

8th

43.85

50.25

59.00


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FCS EOG Math Comparison Chart (2008-2009) School BES

EBES

FES

LMES

LOMES

LES

RES

YES

BMS

CCMS

TLMS

Grade

2006/7

2007/08

2008/09

08/09 after 1st retest

3rd

70.77

80.00

77.67

83.50

4th

60.58

76.03

75.86

84.48

5th

63.83

56.76

65.83

81.67

3rd

75.86

69.23

82.35

88.24

4th

82.05

85.71

69.05

77.38

5th

74.07

85.06

85.56

90.00

3rd

41.82

53.06

57.89

69.47

4th

31.73

55.66

59.74

70.13

5th

57.14

51.61

48.84

65.12

3rd

71.15

65.45

86.67

91.11

4th

60.78

78.00

58.49

64.15

5th

56.25

61.70

65.96

70.21

3rd

n/a

n/a

58.90

71.23

4th

n/a

n/a

88.57

94.29

5th

n/a

n/a

79.31

82.76

3rd

40.48

51.95

48.42

63.16

4th

53.85

61.45

68.25

79.37

5th

44.62

58.11

40.48

52.38

3rd

71.68

87.21

83.33

88.10

4th

90.48

89.29

89.04

94.52

5th

72.34

82.30

81.44

88.66

3rd

75.96

81.20

79.52

84.34

4th

76.15

85.32

88.31

89.61

5th

66.33

79.84

76.71

86.30

6th

65.32

71.84

69.57

77.00

7th

66.02

69.87

72.85

84.00

8th

75.74

48.62

62.61

76.00

6th

65.38

64.17

66.42

75.00

7th

52.89

72.13

73.31

82.00

8th

50.88

62.61

80.08

90.00

6th

54.40

63.70

55.29

69.00

7th

39.49

59.20

56.93

69.00

8th

50.78

52.41

57.29

70.00


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2008-2009 FCS EOC Results School BHS

Subject Al 1 Al 2 Bio Chem Eng 1 C&E Geo Phys Phy Sci US History

04/05 67.0 89.0 58.5 65.6 78.9 n/a 64.8 79.2 95.8 n/a

05/06 67.0 84.4 48.9 59.8 81.7 47.2 67.6 59.1 71.2 34.8

06/07 43.40 64.50 58.30 n/a 76.20 52.20 54.40 n/a n/a 43.20

07/08 69.30 78.00 55.60 61.50 78.90 60.90 61.00 81.80 56.20 45.30

08/09 69.40 93.40 63.80 77.00 72.60 67.40 82.10 81.30 74.60 48.40

FHS

Al 1 Al 2 Bio Chem Eng 1 C&E Geo Phys Phy Sci US History

59.4 63.5 49.2 81.4 81.5 n/a 40.3 75.0 74.4 n/a

74.5 66.7 57.3 80.3 81.2 47.8 61.1 87.0 74.4 39.8

59.50 50.80 64.30 n/a 77.10 56.40 67.60 n/a n/a 59.60

47.60 47.20 67.50 89.70 76.60 66.40 66.10 70.00 67.60 57.60

50.70 59.80 65.70 97.10 76.90 67.00 62.00 66.70 45.90 66.50

LHS

Al 1 Al 2 Bio Chem Eng 1 C&E Geo Phys Phy Sci US History

84.7 69.6 60.9 67.6 71.8 n/a 60.7 83.3 n/a n/a

69.9 81.9 52.9 67.7 74.5 48.3 63.2 61.1 44.0 39.8

47.20 48.80 44.80 n/a 59.80 50.80 55.30 n/a n/a 46.00

66.30 47.00 51.80 79.70 65.10 69.10 64.30 58.30 76.20 41.30

50.60 70.20 61.90 70.60 61.50 81.00 62.00 83.30 55.20 50.30


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Interim Superintendent

Dr. Ingram will remain in charge of Curriculum and Instruction, in addition to taking on Superintendent duties.

Dr. Eddie Ingram Named Interim Former Franklin County Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Bert L’Homme announced his resignation in late April and spent the past two months tightening loose ends, but now the system will be directed by interim Superintendent Dr. Eddie Ingram. Dr. Ingram has spent the past four years as Executive Director for Curriculum and Instruction with FCS and has a 28-year background in education. Dr. Ingram’s experience includes teaching high school English, work as high school principal, elementary principal, human resources director, county athletic director and Department of Public Instruction Section Chief for teacher education. “I’m looking forward to this opportunity,” Ingram said. “I will continue to keep the line of communication open to everyone. If there is a concern, I want people to feel comfortable with addressing it to me. We will continue to move forward as a school system and do what is best for our students.” Dr. Ingram will remain interim Superintendent until the Franklin County Board of Education announces a new fulltime Superintendent. The application deadline was June 19th; however, the Board of Education is in the process of reviewing applicants. When the final decision is made, an announcement will be made on the FCS website.

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Register Your Child for Kindergarten Early If your child turns age five on or before August 31st, he or she is eligible for kindergarten. Why wait until the last minute to register? Make the transition to school much easier on your child by

contacting the school in which your child will attend as soon as possible. You can locate your child’s school by visiting www.fcschools.net. View the left-hand column of the website and click on “Locate Your Child’s

School”. You will need your child’s birth certificate, current electric bill along with a lease/deed or rental agreement when you register your child for kindergarten.

Open House Dates and Times School

Date

Time

Bunn Elementary

August 20th

4-6 p.m.

Bunn Middle

August 21st

6th grade: 5-6:30 p.m.; 7th-8th grade: 6:30 -8 p.m.

Bunn High

August 20th

5-7 p.m.

Cedar Creek Middle

August 21st

2-5 p.m.

Edward Best Elementary

August 20th

Kindergarten 5:30-6:30 p.m.; 1st-5th grade: 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Franklinton Elementary

August 20th

4:30—6:30 p.m.

Franklinton High

August 20th

TBA

Laurel Mill Elementary

August 20th

4– 6 p.m.

Long Mill Elementary

August 20th

4-7 p.m.

Louisburg Elementary

August 20th

5-7 p.m.

Louisburg High

August 20th

6-8 p.m.

Royal Elementary

August 20th

4-6 p.m.

Terrell Lane Middle

August 24th

6th grade: 5-6:30 p.m.; 7th-8th grade: 6:30-8 p.m.

Youngsville Elementary

July 28th

Grades 1-5, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

July 30th*

* Kindergarten Only (TIME TBA)

Find out more about your school of interest at www.fcschools.net.


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High School Graduation 2009

LHS students get a quick look at the Franklin Times prior to marching across stage.

Bunn High students (left) can’t help but smile prior to the big moment.

Franklinton High students (right) celebrate moments after receiving diplomas.


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Moving Forward School Board Approves Bid For New FHS The bids for constructing a new Franklinton High School are $10 million less than projected costs. A bid opening was held June 3rd at Franklin County Schools’ central office with 15 construction contractors present. The process resulted in bids ranging from approximately $24.5 million to just more than $26.0 million—not including alternate options for the high school. Examples of alternates include lighting for athletic fields as well as preferred alarm systems. On June 22, the Franklin County Board of Education approved the architect and staff recommendation to accept a bid of $25,397,645 from DA Thomas Construction that includes an assortment of alternates. The next step in the process is for the Board of Education to bring the recommendation to the Franklin County Board of Commissioners for approval. If all goes as scheduled, the new Franklinton High School, to be located at the intersection of Cedar Creek and Lane Store Roads between Youngsville and Franklinton, would be fully operational for the 2011-2012 school year. The original Franklinton High School, located on Main Street in Franklinton, will eventually be used as a middle school.

FCS already owns the 75-acre site in which the new FHS campus will be built. Clearing for the anticipated was completed in mid June.

Conceptual picture of new FHS.


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tions. Part of the project includes an overhaul of the current block building, a cafeteria expansion, Continued from page 1 gym renovations and site im“Right now, we use every inch provements (totaling an estiof space,” Ayscue said. “We were mated $2.25 million). using the teachers’ lounge and With the renovations, the old work room for remediation. We existing modular units on the will continue to use all of the EBES campus would be removed. space, but we will have more The new units would remain room to spread out.” where they are. As part of the $53 million “This (new modular units) is a school construction bond that very nice improvement,” Ayscue was approved by the public in said. “Being in a new facility will May of 2008, Edward Best is give the students a better sense slated to receive major renovaof pride.”

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Other Improvements In addition to the five modular units, Edward Best will have a new waste water treatment plant for the start of the 2009-2010 school year. Also of note, a new playground will be installed in the near future. The waste water treatment plant was allotted through the 2008-2009 FCS local capital outlay budget, while the playground will be funded through $50K of Box Tops for Education sweepstakes winnings donated by EBES parent Debbie Myatt.

New modular classroom units will be a welcome addition to the Edward Best Elementary School campus.

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