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|Board rejects charter school|
A motion to approve a request for a Type 1 charter school in Franklin Parish was denied by a unanimous roll-call vote of each member of the Franklin Parish School Board at Monday's regular monthly meeting.
No one from the group organizing the charter school attended the meeting.
Supt. Dr. Lanny Johnson read to board members the letter from charter school supporters requesting the board take formal action on the request within 30 days. The item was listed under the business section on the agenda.
School board members present were Louise Johnson, Dorothy Brown, Eddie Ray Bryan, Tim Eubanks, Ronnie Hatton, Jesse Young and Richard Kelly.
Nick Poulos, representative for the Franklin Charter School, said the next step would be to petition the Board of Secondary and Elementary Education (BESE) in Baton Rouge.
"We've made attempts to work with the school board to establish a Type 1 charter school which would operate under the school system," said Poulos. "Since we were refused, we will apply for a Type 2 charter school from BESE."
A Type 1 charter school is a new start-up charter school that operates under a parish school board and a Type 2 charter school is a new start-up or converted school that operates under BESE.
Delhi Charter is a Type 2 charter school.
Wiley McClary presented and requested approval from the board for the plan to evaluate personnel.
"This is something we do each year," said McClary, "It's the protocol for evaluating personnel within our parish and it has to have formal board approval each year."
Board members voted unanimously to adopt the evaluation plan.
After a school year marred with bus and traffic accidents, director of transportation, Benton Moore requested approval from the board to adopt the accident/incident report procedures into the policy manual.
"I would like every driver to follow this procedure in the event of an accident," said Moore, "and I would also like to ask the board to approve the development of a transportation advisory committee to investigate these incidents for transportation management."
Board members adopted the accident report procedure for the policy manual and approved the request to establish a transportation advisory committee.
Members of the school board finance committee selected Winnsboro State Bank to manage the finances for the school system for a two-year term. Committee members reviewed the proposals and recommended that the board accept the Request for Proposal (RFP) from Winnsboro State Bank. Board members unanimously accepted the proposal for a two-year contract.
In other news, the board voted unanimously to designate The Franklin Sun as the official journal of the Franklin Parish School System.
"The Franklin Sun has been the official journal for 178 years, and I would recommend that we consider a motion to continue," said Johnson.