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|FPSB expects normal meeting|
Despite a recent publicity flare up over the prospect of re-creating Franklin Parish high schools to pre 2004 status, school board officials expect a normal agenda meeting Monday evening.
"This is a pretty informal gathering," said Franklin Parish School Board President Eddie Ray Bryan of the agenda meeting scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Monday in the board's conference room at 7293 Prairie Road.
"I don't know if it (the topic of splitting the single parish high school into one or more schools) will come up, or if it won't," Bryan said.
"Because this meeting sets up the formal board meeting agenda, anything could come up," he added.
"Right now, there's nothing major I know about, just a few minor problems which can be worked out.
Bryan said he and Bernard Wollerson, head of an association of bus drivers, had talked recently about a few issues involving student transportation but, "there's nothing major that can't be addressed."
The school board was thrust into the regional spotlight last week when an area newspaper reported that moves have been made toward splitting the single high school into two or three schools. The reports involved several board members and suggested racial motivation was a driving factor.
In a letter to board members, Superintendent Lanny Johnson said committee meetings would precede the agenda meeting and an accompanying proposed agenda for the Dec. 8 regular meeting contained no unusual items.
"There's nothing out of the ordinary," said Bryan of the proposed agenda.
Franklin Parish schools are closed this week, but a copy of Johnson's letter to board members was posted outside school board offices.
Historically, Franklin Parish had a number of high schools. Crowville High School was absorbed into Franklin Parish High School in 2004, completing a consolidation process.
Discontent with the consolidated school system has been suggested as a cause for recent rumors of dividing the school.