Franklin School District addresses virus-era problems

Franklin School Board members on Monday night were updated with potential problems in the COVID-19 era of shortages.

Superintendent Mark Loucks said the school district is in dire need of substitute teachers, as there is only one substitute at the junior high.

School officials have also been bracing for potentially cutting bus routes due to driver shortages.

Transportation Director Chris Romanowski said letters were sent to alert families to prepare for possible cancellation of bus routes, which would put the responsibility of getting children to school on the families.

However, Romanowski said three new bus drivers were slated to be added to the bus companies’ rosters, pending board approval: Jack Slater and Nadine Tarleton, for Lepley’s Bus Service, and Jennifer Hughes, for Tansverse Bus Corp.

In other business

Board members discussed the suggestion to move graduation ceremonies from Sunday, June 5, to Tuesday, June 7, at 7 p.m. at the high school stadium. Board President Brian Spaid said the evening ceremony is preferable because the temperature at that time is likely to be more comfortable.

Board member Misty Nalepa said she opposed holding the ceremony on Tuesday and several board members agreed.

“Why can’t we do it on Sunday in the evening,” she said.

The motion to move graduation was tabled until November’s school board work session when high school Principal Christina Cohlhepp is expected to attend.

Employments that were approved include Jordan Cherry, as an in-school suspension facilitator for the remainder of the school year at the high school, and Elizabeth Dudzic, as a junior-senior high school cafeteria server.

Briana Moon was approved as a cafeteria substitute.

Supplemental contract approvals include those for Megan Hiles and Linsey Dunham, for early bus duty in Sandycreek; Saddie Turner, for varsity and Central Elementary School girls basketball coach; and head swimming coach Charles Smith.

An agreement was approved between the school district and Clarion University to allow school health clinical nurses until June 30, 2026.