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Dr. Clendening to Host Superintendent's Strategic Taskforce

Franklin Community Schools is excited to announce that it is time to reconvene the Superintendent's Strategic Taskforce to create the district’s new strategic plan which will guide the district over the next 10 years.

Dr. Clendening will host the first session on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at 6:30 in the Franklin Community High School cafeteria.  

The taskforce will discuss topics such as graduation pathways, redistricting, and what grades 5-8 should look like at FCS.  Participants will be asked to brainstorm what education might look like in ten years, and how does the district best deliver it.  The taskforce will also determine how the district will measure success in regard to the strategic plan.    

In 2012, Dr. Clendening established the Superintendent’s Strategic Taskforce.  A group comprised of school board members, administrators, teachers, students, parents, and community and business leaders worked together to develop the strategic plan for Franklin Community Schools. 

After many conversations about who Franklin Community Schools would strive to be, the taskforce created the district’s vision, which says, Franklin Community Schools - where education is student-centered and innovative, and learners are inspired to become great! Student-centered and innovative became a focus for FCS, and prior to making decisions, it would be asked, is it student-centered? Is it innovative? If both could be answered yes, the idea would move forward.      

Also, from this taskforce came our Guiding Principles, which are five key factors that drive how decisions are made at FCS. 

  • Individual Student Growth - FCS is committed to creating a rich culture anchored to individual student growth, transformative experiences, and world-class instruction.  At FCS, students will be taught to be problem solvers and critical thinkers by highly qualified teachers. This Guiding Principle is the most important and why FCS exists.  
  • Collaboration - FCS has implemented Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) where faculty can work together to facilitate growth in our students and staff. Data is used to drive decision making and to measure success. FCS believes that it is important to develop relationships with all stakeholders. 
  • Communication - With a robust communication strategy, FCS continues to strive to engage with our community by sharing information in a clear, concise and timely manner.  The district also recognizes that communication is a two-way street and requests and welcomes continuous feedback.   
  • Systemic Continuous Growth - FCS has an obligation to make informed decisions.  The district utilizes a fluid process that engages stakeholders while defining, analyzing, and evaluating issues and developing solutions.  
  • Trust - Franklin Community Schools has placed great value on the Guiding Principals.  As the district met surpassed each indicator of success, it was the hope that an atmosphere of confidence and trust in FCS was flourishing in the commy.  

Franklin Community Schools anticipates another insightful taskforce and looks forward to many sessions of brainstorming, collaboration, and engagement.  

If you are interested in participating in the Superintendent’s Strategic Taskforce, please contact Natalie Campbell at