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|Lyles receives Guice Award|
Debbie Lyles, business and technology instructor at Franklin Parish High School, is the recipient of the Guice Memorial Award, an honor bestowed upon an exemplary educator in the parish.
Johnny Guice, family representative, presented the award to Lyles at the regular meeting of the Franklin Parish School Board on Monday evening.
The award is given every year in honor of the late Dr. W. M. Guice, the first superintendent of the Franklin Parish School System, and the late Rebecca Guice.
"This award is steeped in tradition," said Guice, "since 1991, we have been honoring outstanding educators and Debbie represents the best of what our system has to offer."
Guice presented Lyles with a plaque and a cash award from the Guice Memorial Fund.
BESE member Kevin Guice was also acknowledged for his work as representative for Franklin Parish and 15 other school systems in northeast Louisiana.
"Mr. Guice has been through a lot for the good of the people in this community," said Franklin Parish School Board Supt. Lanny Johnson, "and we want to pay tribute to him for what he has done for us and what he will do for us in the future."
Guice updated board members on the significance of possible budget cuts to the Minimum Foundation Program and the impending Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Winnsboro Elementary.
"We have some big issues in Baton Rouge," said Guice, "we could be faced with a severe budget cut in education, and in a rural school system, that could mean cuts in salaries to general operating funds. We will work tirelessly to protect the foundation program."
As representative for Franklin Parish, Guice attended the recent BESE meetings in Baton Rouge to rally for Winnsboro Elementary.
"The state will have some supervision over the stipulations of the MOU, stated Guice, "but the school made great improvements last year. We will be looking for those same improvements this year and I will work to make sure progress continues."
In the superintendent's report, Johnson informed board members that the economic stimulus package currently in Congress contains $4.7 million to be used by the school board over the next two years. The bill has passed the House of Representatives and is now awaiting approval by the Senate. If enacted, the stimulus package would supplement ongoing construction costs as well as increase the Title I and special education budgets.
"This bill is a work in progress," said Wiley McClary, assistant superintendent, "two million has been earmarked to help pay for the cost of ongoing construction. But the stipulations are subject to change."
State Supt. Paul Pastorek told Johnson and McClary during a conference call last week that the money is to be put into the economy as quickly as possible through infrastructure projects. If the appropriations bill passes, the money allocated for 2009 would need to be committed within 120 days.
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