FSSD approves 2020-21 school calendar; summer meal program renamed

Franklin Special School District board meeting in gymnasium
The Franklin Special School District board of education met for its first meeting of the year Jan. 13. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Franklin Special School District board of education met for its first meeting of the year Jan. 13. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

For parents in Franklin Special School District schools who are already planning for summer vacations, the district has approved its academic calendar for the upcoming 2020-21 school year.

The FSSD board of education approved the calendar during its Jan. 13 board meeting, the first of 2020. The calendar includes a full week for fall break, a two-week winter break and a full week for Thanksgiving.

Here are a few key dates for parents to mark on their calendars:

  • Aug. 7: first day for students in grades one through eight (half day)

  • Aug. 17: first day for kindergarten students

  • Oct. 5-9: fall break

  • Nov. 23-27: Thanksgiving break

  • Dec. 21-Jan. 1: winter break (students return Jan. 6)

  • March 15-19: spring break

  • May 26: last day of school for students


For parents with children in Williamson County Schools, the district has also approved its academic calendar. According to FSSD staff, the calendars have some slight differences. For example, FSSD will have a longer fall break—WCS students will have fall break Oct. 8-9 and Oct. 12.

FSSD parents and students can find the full calendar here.

Also during the meeting, the FSSD board honored Rebecca Lounsberry, who served as the first manager of the FSSD Summer Meals Program. The program delivers meals to impoverished and low-income students and families in the Franklin areas during summer break to ensure students who depend on school meals do not go hungry at home. Lounsberry died in 2018.


According to FSSD, Lounsberry would often work long days during the summer to visit many low-income areas to find students in need of food. In 2014, Lounsberry received the Governor’s Volunteer Star Award from former Governor Bill Haslam.

In her honor, the program has been renamed the Rebecca Lounsberry Summer Meals Program. Additionally, a plaque has been placed in the cafeteria of Johnson Elementary School, which was managed by Lounsberry for several years, according to the district.

Other items of note:

  • Four teachers were named as National Board Certified Teachers in a pinning ceremony: Marti Jeffords from Poplar Grove Middle School, Rachel Lessing from Freedom Middle School, Charity Rice from Liberty Elementary School and Amber Walsh from Johnson Elementary School.

  • Franklin Mayor Ken Moore delivered a proclamation in honor of School Board Appreciation Week.

  • FSSD board member Robert Blair and board chair Tim Stillings were named to the Tennessee School Boards Association Scholars Circle during the association’s annual convention.

  • The district is working to complete design plans for improvements to the Poplar Grove gymnasium, renovations to Liberty Elementary School and construction of a new district performing arts center.

By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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