After Being Near The Bottom, Franklin-Simpson High Is Recognized For Improvement

By Brett Baldeck | 

Franklin-Simpson High School has something to celebrate. They have been named a Kentucky Hub School by the state education department. The honor is awarded to schools showing outstanding improvement. Two years ago, Franklin-Simpson High had a college and career readiness in the 30th percentile and low test scores.

"You know we kinda got beat up a little bit there when we were named a priority school and people were asking if Franklin-Simpson High School was really a good high school? We all knew that it was. I am excited for our staff and our students," says Principal Tim Schlosser.

In a short time the school raised college and career readiness to more than 80%, with graduation rates at more than 90%.

"They made phenomenal improvements and you know it means a lot for this local community. The pride in their community is usually in their high school," says State Education Commissioner Dr. Terry Holliday

Franklin-Simpson High is the second in the state to be designated a hub school. Administrators says making improvements has been a team effort.

"As the principal I am not in the classroom everyday teaching or taking it, as we like to say, to the kids desk. The staff are the ones who have done this work," says Schlosser.

Students and staff should remain proud. Commissioner Holliday says only about 8 schools will receive the recognition.

"It's an incentive and also a model to help other schools see that it can be done. You can increase graduation rates, you can increase college and career readiness rates," says Holliday.

Holliday says hub schools are an example for the rest of the state.

Franklin-Simpson High says a change in the atmosphere the last two years, having students that want to be in school, are why they have become successful.

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