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|Students honored by school board|
It was an evening of honor for several Franklin Parish students during the monthly meeting of the school board with three outstanding students selected to represent the parish as "Students of the Year" for the 2008-2009 school year.
Baskin fifth grader Tyler Spann, Gilbert Jr. High, eighth grade student Hailey Caldwell and Franklin Parish High School senior Kenny Blackson, were recognized on Monday evening for their academic achievements.
Board President Eddie Ray Bryan presented each student with a plaque. Gifts were also given to the honorees from Progressive State Bank, Winnsboro State Bank, Franklin State Bank and Citizens Progressive Bank. Jerry Gandy of Winnsboro Bank and Glenn Spence of Progressive Bank were on hand to present the awards. (See the complete story and student of the year bios in the Community Section next week).
Harriet Stapp and members of Franklin Parish High School choir performed selections for the audience and board members including a solo by Kenny Blackson, "On the Street Where You Live," and J.B. Bennett, "Across the Wide Missouri." The choir's finale, a montage of Beatles' classics, received a standing ovation.
Tony Littleton of TB Architecture, recommended that board members approve the bid offered by Traxler Construction for the general maintenance at Fort Necessity and Gilbert schools. General maintenance includes physical improvements to campus buildings and classrooms, such as replacing ceiling and floor tiles, electrical wiring, chalk boards and a fresh coat of paint.
Board members unanimously approved a motion to accept the proposal offered by Traxler Construction in the amount of $1,925,000 for renovation projects at both schools.
Plans are underway to repair damage caused by the fire at Horace G. White Senior Learning Center. The insurance company has issued a $500,000 advance to begin the process of renovating or replacing the damaged rooms.
"We'll have to hire an architect to draft the plans," said Johnson, "at that time, we can make a better decision about whether or not to renovate an existing wing, or build a new one."
The gym floor of the HGW gymnasium and the shop building on campus are in line to receive funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to repair water damage from last year's storms.
In other news, board members unanimously agreed to advertise the sale of Ogden School for 30 more days. A recent appraisal of the campus valued the property at $50,000.
Stipulations set forth in the contracts for the superintendent and supervisory staff were approved by members of the board on Monday evening. Terms of the supervisors' contracts were unanimously accepted by board members.
A roll-call vote was taken for approval of the superintendent's contract.
Board members Jesse Young, Ronnie Hatton, Tim Eubanks and Eddie Ray Bryan voted "yae" to accept the superintendent's contract and Richard Kelly voted "nae." Board members Louise Johnson and Dorothy Brown were not present.