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|Philips named to Fort Necessity post|
The Franklin Parish School Board quietly made a major turn on its decision on the administration of the now state supervised Winnsboro Elementary School.
Almost without discussion, board members approved the appointment of Fay Philips as principal of Fort Necessity School during the most recent board meeting this week.
There was no reference to the sometimes contentious meeting several weeks ago when the board voted to refuse the recommendation of Superintendent Lanny Johnson not to renew Philips' contract as principal at Winnsboro Elementary. The 4-3 vote, where board members apparently believed they had renewed Philips position, was moot because the school is overseen by the state Recovery School District.
Johnson has said following the vote that the state would have the final say so in the choice for the school's top administrator.
Philips, who has attended past school board meetings with an attorney and staff teachers who have offered personal support, did not attend the meeting.
The Philips appointment was coupled with the approval of John Gulliat as principal of Basking School. He was assistant principal at Franklin Parish High School.
Board members entertained other issues at the meeting, including new classes, teacher pay, bussing and a student behavior program.
"Four of these schools are under construction as we speak," Johnson said during the regular meeting of the school board on Monday evening. "Horace G. White will be the fifth." A blaze at Horace G. White Senior Learning Center on March 31, 2009, destroyed the classroom wing and several offices on the campus.
The teacher salary schedule for the 2009-2010 school year was approved by board members during the business portion of the meeting. According to business manager Lillian Whitten, changes in the funding through the Minimum Foundation Program will not affect teacher pay raises.
Policy changes in affect for the 2009-2010 school year will include travel policies, sick leave, personal leave of absences, work times, over-times and vacation. Board members unanimously accepted the policy updates presented by Whitten.
In the president's report, Eddie Ray Bryan updated board members on the issue of students waiting for extended periods of time on busses at school.
"I spoke to the president of the Bus Driver's Association," said Bryan, "We need to work with the principals on getting the children on the busses no more than ten minutes from when it is scheduled to leave. In the summer, it's probably 110 degrees or more on those busses; there's no way those children should have to sit there for 20 to 25 minutes."
Members of the board unanimously accepted a motion to enter into a partnership with the Franklin Medical Center for student behavior management.