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With new problem-solving training, Franklin administrators may be able to solve the big questions facing the school district.

Matt Sprout, director of technology, Jeff Mercer, executive director of finance, and student Daniel Lamm spent part of the summer going through Six Sigma training through Cummins Inc.

Six Sigma trains people to find ways to make projects run more efficiently and how to identify anything that could slow a project.

The lessons can be applied to school matters, such as funding problems, helping a principal identify student trends in ISTEP and reading comprehension, Mercer said.

Experts in the training teach people how to go through a step-by-step process to solve problems. Six Sigma trains workers to follow a five-point method: Define, measure, analyze, improve and control.

Franklin administrators learned about the program when Cummins employee Andy Lamm offered to look at the district’s finances. His son took the training with the two Franklin administrators.

The training will be used to help officials solve a shortfall in the budget but can help with other issues in the school district, Mercer said.

“This process removes variation and waste,” he said. “It’s no longer a guessing game, it’s real stuff.”

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