Guiding Educational Outcomes

Franklin Community Schools administrators are committed to the effective operation and success of our schools. Their responsibilities are broad and encompass various aspects of school management. Their key roles include:

  • Educational Leadership
  • Operational Management
  • Student Support
  • Staff Supervision and Development
  • Community and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Policy Implementation and Advocacy

Their leadership, management and advocacy are essential for creating a thriving school environment that supports the academic and personal growth of all students.


Board of School Trustees

Governance. Oversight.

The school board plays a vital role in the governance and oversight of Franklin Community Schools. The board ensures that schools operate effectively and meet the educational needs of students. Key roles include:

  • Policy Development and Oversight
  • Financial Management
  • Superintendent Selection and Evaluation
  • Curriculum and Instruction Approval
  • Community Engagement and Advocacy
  • Facilities and Infrastructure
  • Accountability and Evaluation of Student Achievement
  • Employment Contracts and Collective Bargaining Agreements Approval
  • Strategic Planning

The board ensures that FCS provides high-quality education and operates in a manner that reflects our community's values and needs. The members' governance helps shape the educational landscape and directly impacts the success and well-being of students and staff.

Administration Building Franklin Community Schools


What to Know

Board of School Trustees

Franklin Community Schools Board of TrusteesMr. Jake Sappenfield, President
Needham Township
Term Ends:  12-31-26
Mr. Andy Lamm, Vice President
Franklin Township
Term Ends:  12-31-24
Mrs. Kristi Ott, Secretary
City of Franklin
Term Ends:  12-31-24
Mrs. Becky Nelson, Member
Union Township
Term Ends:  12-31-26
Mr. Bryan Wertz, Member
City of Franklin
Term Ends:  12-31-24

Meeting Times, Place

Regular Board meetings take place at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of every month at Franklin Community Middle School Gymnasium, 625 Grizzly Cub Drive, Franklin with a few exceptions. When Special Meetings are called or when a change in the time or place of a Regular Meeting becomes necessary, the change is announced to the public before the meeting.

2024 Schedule

January 8 (including School Finance Review Board)

February 12

March 11

April 15

May 13

June 10

July 8

August 12

September 9

October 21

November 11

December 9

January 13, 2025


Franklin Community Schools Board of School Trustees utilizes an online, paperless solution for all school board meetings.

Click here to access our BoardDocs online portal.

BoardDocs is utilized for meeting agendas, other board-related information and policies that enable FCS to distribute information quickly and efficiently with greater transparency. All documents associated with each board meeting will be automatically archived and can be accessed by meeting day or by using the system's search feature.

Purpose of Meetings

Board meetings are held for the purpose of acting upon recommendations of the Superintendent, adopting the annual budget and tax rates, adopting policies, and authorizing the spending of funds. Although any matter may come before the Board, most school-related issues are handled through administrative channels.

Public Participation

Policy #0167.3 - Public Participation at Board Meetings

The Board of School Trustees recognizes the value of public comment on educational issues and the importance of allowing members of the public to express themselves on Corporation matters. There are two (2) different ways in which the public may address the Board:

  1. Any person who desires to address the Board concerning a scheduled public agenda item must register before the start of the meeting. A registration sheet will be available at the meeting location at least thirty (30) minutes prior to the meeting. Registration will close five (5) minutes before the scheduled start of the meeting.

  2. Any person or group wishing to place an item on the agenda shall register their intent with the Superintendent no later than fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting and include:  1) name and address of the participant 2) group affiliation, if and when appropriate 3) topic to be addressed.

Special Meetings

Special Meetings may be planning/work sessions at which the Board receives reports and information from the superintendent regarding the management of the school district. During special meetings, Board Members have the opportunity to study and discuss specific topics in depth. Special meetings are open to the public. Although there is no formal public participation at special meetings, the Board may solicit comments from observers.  Special meetings/work sessions may be called at any time by the Board.

Executive Session

The Board can meet in executive sessions to discuss personnel matters, labor negotiations, and other matters that are confidential as defined by the Open Door Meetings Law. Executive sessions can only be held by resolution at a regularly scheduled or advertised special meeting. All executive sessions are closed to the public, but the Board is not permitted to vote on the passage of any resolution while it sits in the executive session.

Agendas and past board meeting minutes can be found on our BoardDocs platform.


Past school board meetings can be viewed on the FCS School Board's YouTube Channel.


The Board welcomes feedback from parents, staff and community members.

If you are a parent or staff member who has an issue or concern to resolve, you are encouraged to follow the appropriate chain of command for the quickest resolution.

  • Parents should first contact their child's teacher or principal. A directory of staff emails is available on our website.
  • Employees should contact their principal or supervisor.

Any questions about corporation policies should be directed to Superintendent, Dr. David Clendening.

The Board of School Trustees emails can be found on the board members list in this section.

The FCS Board of School Trustees belongs to the Indiana School Board Association, which provides legal services, board services, policy services and legislative services to the 1,686 school board members across all 290 school corporations in the State of Indiana. These services include board retreats, training workshops, legal consultation, policy review, leadership development, superintendent search, conferences, advocacy and publication of daily news clippings, a monthly e-newsletter,and a quarterly magazine. All ISBA staff members are available to assist school board members with specific issues at any time.