By MyFM's Rick Michaels - The Superintendent of Schools in Franklin has sent out a letter to the Franklin Community her first “State of the Schools” letter to communicate with residents about the major matters of the Franklin Public Schools. Superintendent Sara Ahearn is emphasizing the importance of developing relationships with students, getting to know them and their families. She wrote about the work supporting the “Visioning Effort/Portrait of a Graduate” identifying the skills students will need for their future, in a modern, technologically and globally interdependent world. Superintendent Ahearn says the Fiscal Year 2020 budget, was $2.2 million dollars short of her recommended budget not allowing investments in middle school counseling and adding teachers at Franklin High School, to reduce class sizes. The letter also discusses her recommendation for a “Davis Thayer Elementary School Closing Study” citing the age of the facility and decreased enrollment she says update will be provided on a monthly basis moving forward. Ahearn says the District will also be focusing this school year on furthering the conversation about Start Times, with several education events planned to highlight the importance of sleep and factors that contribute to a student’s sleep patterns.