Boosters, budget cuts, commendations: 3 highlights from Williamson County Schools' first board meeting of the school year

At the first school board meeting of the new academic year, Superintendent Jason Golden announced that boosters and parent-teacher organizations raised over $10 million for Williamson County Schools last year.

That is a 7.2% increase over the previous year’s donations, Golden said. Enrollment increased by 2.9% in that time, he said.

Booster and parent-teacher organization funds can cover athletics, band, arts and more, school board member Rick Wimberley said.

“We only give x amount of dollars to support field maintenance, so they make up the difference there,” Wimberley said. “That’s a pretty good chunk of money.”

Budget changes

The Williamson County Commission cut about $3.2 million from the WCS capital needs budget back in July. One casualty of those cuts was a plan to replace some security cameras at WCS schools while adding new ones in other locations, Golden said.

Some of the replacements will still be made, but the budget no longer contains the full amount needed for the entirety of WCS’s plan, he said.

“We’re going to continue to ask,” Golden said. “For safety there’s no substitute for our [school resource officers] being in the building, but the cameras help locate issues and go back and review issues.”

He said the district will likely request more money next year to fulfill the gap in funding this year.

Staff honors

District officials honored school staff from the record 28 WCS campuses that were named Reward Schools when TNReady results were released earlier this month.

The 28 leaders could hardly fit in the front of the auditorium for a group photo due to so many schools receiving honors.

The district as a whole was named Exemplary by the Tennessee Department of Education.


Brentwood moves forward on state-ordered sewer rehabilitation projects

The city is working to finalize a land purchase for a new storage facility.

According to the letter to Franklin residents, the elevated levels are believed to be a result of poor water circulation in that area, and the city began work in mid-February to extend water lines in that region for better circulation. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Franklin Water Management Department finds elevated levels of disinfectant byproducts in small area

While the city is required to report the results of the testing, residents do not need to boil their water or take any other action.

Early voting began Feb. 18 in the 2020 Tennessee primary. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
3.3% of voters in Williamson County cast ballots during early voting as of Feb. 20

Voters have begun turning in their ballots ahead of the March 3 election day.

The Classical Academy of Franklin merges with The Pasture Pre-School

The Classical Academy, a Christian PreK-12 private school, will welcome former students of The Pasture Pre-School.

Franklin Special School District was selected to participate in a grant program to improve school lunches. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Franklin Special School District selected for grant program to improve school meals

The program aims to focus on from-scratch meals instead of processed foods.

Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park is now open. (Courtesy Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park)
Urban Air Adventure Park now open in Cool Springs

The recreation center is located on Galleria Boulevard.

Franklin Special School District
Freedom Middle School to honor African American role models

The student award winner will be announced Feb. 28.

Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines to relocate operations center to Williamson County

The airline is expected to bring nearly 350 jobs to the region.

Mainstream Boutique
Women's clothing store Mainstream Boutique opens in Franklin

The women’s boutique offers clothing and accessories marketed towards a broad range of women.

Crumbl Cookies
Crumbl Cookies now open in Franklin

Crumbl Cookies opened in Cool Springs on Feb. 13.

Chick-fil-A to open new Berry Farms location Feb. 19

The fast-food fried chicken eatery offers its signature sandwiches, nuggets, milkshakes, dipping sauces and waffle fries.

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