Franklin Co. Students Head Back to School Today

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

While students in Stephens County Schools have until next week before the start of a new school year, students in Franklin County report back to class today.

Franklin County School Superintendent Dr. Ruth O’Dell said teachers have been working hard all summer to welcome their new students.

“We’ve been working all summer to get ready for the first day of school,” said Franklin County School Superintendent Dr. Ruth O’Dell. “We’ve had teachers in the central office to work on unit planning and to make sure their units are planned out for the year. Teachers work all summer as do principles and central office leaders.”

O’Dell said some changes that have been made for this new school year have teachers and students energized in FranklinCounty.

One of those changes is in Carnesville where Carnesville Elementary and Central Franklin Elementary have been merged into one school on two campuses.

According to O’Dell, Carnesville Elementary is now called Carnesville Primary and Central Franklin is now called Carnesville Intermediate.

“Carnesville Primary has kindergarten through second grade, so there can be more of a focus on the younger elementary students,” O’Dell said. “We also have pre-K classes there from Ninth District Opportunity.  Then, third, fourth, and fifth grade students will be housed at the Carnesville Intermediate building. Once again, this allows teachers to focus on a certain age group.”

O’Dell said some students attending either of those schools last year were allowed to transfer to another school if the parents chose.

She said there was also in an increase in requests from out of county students to transfer to a Franklin County school, but says most of those were denied.

Meanwhile at Franklin County High School, students there will still be working around the construction of the new central core building again this school year.

Work began last summer on the project and students are going to some classes in temporary mobile classrooms.