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Bunn Middle students voice opinions during Superintendent’s ‘table-talk’

by Curtis Hayes, Director of Communications

Ten students representing all grade levels at Bunn Middle School had an opportunity to voice their opinions during Franklin County Schools October 14th “table-talk” event.

The 6th, 7th and 8th graders ate their lunches and talked with FCS Superintendent Rhonda Schuhler about their interests, future goals, positive feelings about their school and some of their ideas for school improvement. Dr. Schuhler described her educational journey, as well as her responsibilities as superintendent. She also listened to their concerns and shared a few laughs.

The students’ interests ranged from playing sports to studying math and spending time with family. Some of their future career goals included psychology, nursing, military service and writing. Schuhler provided them with practical advice on the best routes to achieving their academic and career objectives.

“You don’t have to figure it all out right now,” Schuhler said. “Try different Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes, and other courses, to find out what truly interests you. Do online research and explore which career fields are growing and which colleges offer a pathway.”

The students agreed that Bunn Middle School’s sports program is excellent, the schedules are good and most teachers are respectful and nice. One student said there are lots of small things going on at Bunn MS that add up to make it a good place to attend school.

If they had a wish list of things they would like to see changed, the students agreed they would like to use their phones during lunch. In addition, they said their Chromebooks can sometimes take a while to load pages and programs, especially when using home-based Internet.

Bullying from their peers is a common theme among most middle school students. The Bunn MS students agreed that some of their classmates can sometimes be judgmental toward others. They acknowledged that teachers and administrators actively address instances of bullying when the evidence is available. They also listen and provide a supportive atmosphere that helps students feel safe.

Schuhler assured the students that additional methods of countering instances of bullying are constantly being pursued and developed by school officials, such as awareness campaigns, anonymous reporting technology and continuing education for teachers and administrators.   

Ten middle schools students stand and pose with an adult female in a black business suite

Students at Bunn Middle School with FCS Superintendent Rhonda Schuhler



Three middle school students seated at a table watching as one of them makes a point and gestures with hand

One of the "table-talk' participants voices his opinion