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|School board discusses tutoring, renewal, bids|
Franklin Parish School Board attorney John Guice opened the regular meeting Monday with a request for the members to promote a new online tutoring program, tutor.com. The program allows students to have real-time, one-on-one tutoring free of charge.
"The program is offered through the library," said Guice, "all that's needed is a library card. This has to be joint effort between the school system, the business community and the library. We have sponsors who are willing to commit, but we need the support of the school board to promote it in the classroom — that's the key to its success."
Supt. Lanny Johnson reminded members of the renewal tax of 4.45 mills on the July 19 ballot. Voters in Franklin Parish renewed the 4.45 millage four years ago.
"We'd like to have it renewed for ten years this time, as opposed to five," said Johnson. "It costs $20,000 to hold an election, and it seems like we're voting on a renewal tax every two or three years."
The tax generates some $245,000 a year to be used in the parish school system.
Improvements to the high school are currently underway with Mann Construction working to complete the process before the start of school.
"They have taken out the old ceiling and installed a new grid for the tiles, as well as removing the floor," said Johnson. "They have also started working on the new drive and construction to the technology wing. They are working everyday, but we will probably have a few problems to work through at the first of the school year."
Two bids were submitted for the renovations to the restrooms at Fort Necessity, and Gilbert schools. Board members unanimously accepted the lowest bid of $591,000 by Rugg Construction. Work is scheduled to begin this month.
Bids for renovations at Crowville School will be reviewed July 15.
In the Head Start report, Pam McBroom informed board members of the completion of the sidewalk coverings at the campus. McBroom also reported that the applications for the Head Start program are slightly down, though many will be submitted closer to the start date. Public schools across the parish will begin Aug. 20, for the 2008-09 academic year.
Virginia Whitten detailed business items listed on the agenda. Board members unanimously approved the proposed 2008-09 teacher salary schedule to reflect a yearly pay raise of $1,019. Support personnel will receive a one-time $1,000 bonus, less taxes and deductions. Board members also approved updated policies for payroll procedures, depository of funds, return checks and facility use agreements.
In a special meeting of the Franklin Parish School Board on June 30, members unanimously accepted a recommendation to name Mrs. Pat Sartin as the new principal of Franklin Parish High School. Principal Joe Bondurant retired as of July 1, when Sartin's term began.