Changes Coming in Franklin County School System

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

Changes are on the way in the Franklin County school system.

One change taking place next year is a consolidation of two of the county’s four elementary schools.

Rather than close Carnesville Elementary, as had been discussed earlier, the Franklin County Board of Education has voted to consolidate it with Central Franklin Elementary some five miles away.

Current Carnesville Elementary Principal Jennifer Gaines will take over running both schools, but with a different set up.

Carnesville Elementary will have pre-K through second grade and Central Franklin will have grades three through five.

The total enrollment will be 560 students, with 280 at each school.

Gaines will have an assistant principal who will help oversee both schools.

Meanwhile, other changes involve more personnel shuffling.

Recently, the Franklin County school system announced that it planned to re-assign current Franklin County High School Principal Wayne Randall to a new job at the Franklin County School System’s Central Office as part of a three-year strategic plan.

Under the plan, Randall will be moved to the school system central office to become the new Director of College and Career Readiness. For his part, Randall said he was “shocked” by the move.

Randall will be replaced at the high school next year by Brad Roberts, who is now principal of Lavonia Elementary School.

Moving into the Lavonia Elementary School principal job would be Jimmy Truitt, who is the current principal of Royston Elementary School.

David Gailer, who is the principal of Central Franklin Elementary, will become the new principal of Royston Elementary.

Franklin County School Superintendent Dr. Ruth Odell said the changes are both to meet new accountability demands and prepare for what is expected to be another tight budget year.