Board of Education
PO Box 610
500 Coffee Avenue NE
Russellville, AL 35653
Franklin County School System
Franklin County Schools Central Office
Franklin County Schools (FCS) is located in the northwest corner of Alabama bordering the Mississippi state line. The population of Franklin County in 2008 was approximately 31,704. The county is divided into two school districts--Franklin County Schools and Russellville City Schools. The Franklin County School District currently has nine schools including a Career-Technical facility. Schools in the district include Belgreen High School, East Franklin Jr. High School, Franklin County Career-Technical Center, Phil Campbell Elementary School, Phil Campbell High School, Red Bay High School, Tharptown Elementary School, Tharptown High School and Vina High School. Enrollment PK-12 in the district during the 2011-12 school year was approximately 3,282.
Historically, the school system consisted of four high schools and two junior high schools for almost three decades. An area career-technical center was established in 1975, adjacent to Belgreen High School, which provides career and technical training to high school students who are transported to the center each school day from other high school sites. Each of the original four high schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the district is moving toward district accreditation.
In 2005, Phil Campbell High School was divided to become two schools--Phil Campbell Elementary and Phil Campbell High Schools. The following year, Tharptown Jr. High expanded to become Tharptown Elementary and Tharptown High Schools to better serve the growing number of students living in the area. Franklin County's main administrative office is located in Russellville, with an Annex located in Phil Campbell and a Community Education Dept. located in Belgreen.
In April 2011, the Phil Campbell and East Franklin communites in Franklin County were hit by an F5 tornado. East Franklin and Phil Campbell Elementary schools received repairable damage but Phil Campbell High School was a total loss. The school was rebuilt in 2014-15.
The school system strives to continue to offer a quality education for the students of Franklin County, preparing them to be responsible citizens, global consumers, and ethical stewards of society.