Franklin’s bond issue passed on Nov. 3 by a margin of 60% to 40% for the building program to construct four new buildings and the complete renovation of a fifth, which will convert the current high school into a junior high school.
Earlier this month, Superintendent Michael Sander said the district is beginning preliminary steps of the design phase now, which will involve site surveys and preparation, and committees meeting to provide input on building design and aesthetics.
Because Franklin is participating in the Expedited Local Partnership Program, the state will pay 57% of the cost of the four new classroom buildings which required voters to approve the bond issue for the local share. The state funding is expected to be released in 2027, according to district and state officials.
Sander said there would be a one-year design phase and two years of construction if the bond issue passes. The new high school will be open in fall 2023 with the middle school opening in fall 2025.
The local bond issue funding will cover the costs of a new high school with career tech, renovation of the existing high school for use as a middle school housing grades 6-8 and other site improvements, including a new roof.
It would also cover local initiatives such as constructing a new bus garage, moving the central office into the new high school building, installing gas and other utility lines, and the demolition of Hampton Bennett School for a new student parking lot.
When the state funding becomes available in 2027, the district plans to construct three new elementary schools the current Gerke, Schenck and Hunter sites.