Reflection and celebration

Published 10:11 am Wednesday, January 11, 2017

by Kelvin Edwards Sr.

As we all look ahead into the New Year, it seems only fitting that we reflect upon our past and count our blessings. I am personally thankful for the dedicated staff who tirelessly serve this school system; a community that expresses its faith in public education through volunteerism, donations, in-kind services and at-home support of their children; and most important, the wonderful children who walk through our school doors.

There were many celebrations within our division as we closed out the year. We recognized and reinforced the positive behavior of our young people at J.P. King Jr. Middle School and at S.P. Morton Elementary School. At Franklin High School, I was delighted to attend the U.S. Fleet Band concert, and while attending hear from attendees how much they enjoyed the production of “Twelve Angry Villains,” a thought-provoking comedy spoof of “Twelve Angry Men,” which showcased the outstanding talents of our drama students. 

The New Year will bring more opportunities for our students to excel and I will share these success stories with you in my upcoming columns. In the meantime, we welcome five new School Board members who have been recently appointed by the City Council. Three are new to school governance: Rebecca G. Jester, Ward 1; Amy Leigh Phillips, Ward 2; and Ron Rusnak, At Large. Two will be returning board members: Dr. Andrea Hall-Leonard, Ward 3; and Robert N. Holt, Ward 6. It is expected that two other appointments will be made shortly for Wards 4 and 5.

We have updated the FCPS website soon with photos and biographies of the new board members so our community can become acquainted with them. I encourage our community to support these individuals in their work to lead our school system.

Each day I spend time in our schools I become energized. Why? Because public education is a noble profession and is the great equalizer. A quality education is nothing short of the key to a child’s current and future success. I am thankful for all those who understand that fact and wholeheartedly believe that Franklin City Public Schools is a great place to teach and learn. I hope that each of you had a safe and blessed holiday session. 

Happy New Year from me to you and yours!

KELVIN EDWARDS SR. is the interim superintendent of Franklin City Public Schools. Contact him at 562-8111, ext. 5606.