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|Weapons discussed by board|
Two separate incidents involving students bringing weapons to Winnsboro Elementary were discussed during the agenda meeting of the Franklin Parish School Board on Monday night.
Jimmy Henderson, child welfare and attendance officer for the school board addressed members regarding the expulsion hearing of two students who brought weapons onto the school campus late last year.
"One of the second graders brought his grandfather's pellet pistol to school in his backpack," said Henderson, "but the student never took it out or threatened anyone. The other second grader reportedly had a box-cutter the teacher took and did not report."
Henderson explained to board members that testimony is given during the expulsion hearing and punishment is based on individual circumstances. The principal of the school where the incident occurred can recommend expulsion, but the hearing officer is required to decide student discipline.
A special session was also held to elect school board officers for 2009. Board members voted unanimously to reinstall Eddie Ray Bryan as president, Dorothy Brown as vice-president and Richard Kelley as chaplain.
The library at Franklin Parish High School will soon undergo remodeling.
Board members voted unanimously to award Academic Standards a contract bid for $49,561 to completely refurnish the library with new shelving, tables, computer stations and furniture. Ian Gusky, graduate of Winnsboro High School, is the owner of the Baton Rouge based company.
"They can start on the library in six to ten days," said Dr. Lanny Johnson, superintendent. "It will take approximately six to eight weeks for them to complete the project."
According to Johnson, the new technology wing will also be completed in February.
The board's regular meeting will be held Monday.