City schools OK contract

Published 6:45 pm Tuesday, March 26, 2019



The Franklin City school board unanimously approved a 3-year contract with Charter Spectrum. The proposal will allow the school district to double the internet speed from 500 Mbps to 1 Gbps. Joshua Spaugh, the school’s technological coordinator, explained at Tuesday night’s meeting that the purpose of increasing the Internet speed is to complement the new Chromebook fleet as well as other technology.

“We’re doing all right, but we could always use more, especially with grabbing more stuff during the Summer,” he said.

The school will use the federal E-Rate program for Internet services funding which reimburses 90% of the cost. The price of the internet will still remain $1,600 a month.


In other school news, the board also approved four overnight field trip proposals from Franklin High School. The first field trip is to the FBLA State Championship from April 5-7 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Reston. Next, the VHSL Leadership Conference will be held on April 5 and 6 at Floyd E. Kellam High School in Virginia Beach. Then, on April 10-13, the Robotics Competition will take place at George Mason University in Fairfax. Lastly, the FHS Track Team will attend the VHSL State Track Meet at East Rockingham High School in Elkton.

Kelvin Edwards presented J.P. King Jr. Middle School with the Clean School Award.