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|Franklin schools rank 58 out of 61|
A recent ranking of Louisiana public school systems placed the Franklin Parish School System in the bottom five school districts in Louisiana.
Franklin Parish schools were ranked 58 out of 63 school districts in a statewide report issued by the Louisiana Department of Education that graded school systems on a number of factors including dropout rate and LEAP test scores.
"There's not much we can say about that," said Franklin Parish superintendent Lanny Johnson. "They are pretty bad, the performance scores."
Johnson said the low ranking was not a surprise and pointed out officials had already taken corrective action in the district. Among those changes were personnel and curriculum changes at Winnsboro Elementary, which Johnson said was one of the schools responsible for the low scores.
"We've changed administrations, put in new curriculum and hired outside consultants to come in and help our teachers," Johnson said. "We'll probably spend $300,000 more this year at that school than we did last year."
The additional funds were made available from federal and state education grants and matching funds from the school board's general fund.
According to a report released by the department of education, Franklin Parish Schools received just one of five possible stars.
The ranking system grades schools on an open-ended scale beginning at zero. Franklin Parish received 63.8 points, meaning the system received one star.
Anything below 60 is ranked "academically unacceptable" and places school systems with those scores in a special "at risk" category.
Johnson said right now, officials are simply waiting to determine of the changes made at Winnsboro Elementary will have a positive effect.
"Our children are taking tests this week," Johnson said. "We expect to get those scores in late April or early May."
At that time, officials will be able to determine appropriate measures based on student scores.
"We hope to see improvement," he said.