"After months of public discussion, the Franklin Common Council ultimately rejected a proposal to establish a tax-incremental finance district for downtown development near The Rock Sports Complex in April.
"Franklin High School students began the 2014-15 school year with a new auditorium and academic addition in August.
"The new Saber Center for the Performing Arts auditorium seats about 850 people and includes additional corridors for band, choir and music classrooms.
"The academic addition is a new corridor for English and social studies classes.
"The high school also opened up its newly-renovated Saber Stadium this year. The $2.4 million project, offset by about $850,000 raised by a parent-led campaign, includes a new artificial turf field, a softball field and a regulation track.
"The school district expects construction to continue into 2015, with surfacing of the track scheduled for this spring.
"The city took its first steps toward a proposed development plan, potentially worth $328 million, in November.
"The proposed plan calls for the creation of two tax-incremental financing districts and the amendment to an already existing TIF district on 27th Street to introduce new, significant economic development to the city.
"Many students in the Franklin and Whitnall school districts received their own tablet devices as part of a 1:1 Initiative program this school year whereby students can access their homework and other classroom resources, including textbooks, online. ..."
Monday, January 5, 2015
2014 marks another year of change for Oak Creek, Hales Corners, Franklin and Greendale
Heather Ronaldson and John Rasche reported at Franklin Now.