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|School personnel raises approved|
Pay raises for support personnel in the Franklin Parish School system topped the items on the agenda of the school board Monday evening.
Staff members in the Franklin Parish School System employed as support personnel will receive a $4 per day raise in the coming school year.
"After the tax passed, we said the teacher's would get a raise and the support staff would be included in that," said board president Eddie Ray Bryan. "In the meantime, things have changed, but we still wanted to do what we said we were going to."
Asst. District Attorney Johnny Booth updated board members on the legal proceedings of the six juveniles connected with the fire at Horace G. White Senior Learning Center. The classroom wing and administrative offices were destroyed by a blaze on March 30.
"Five of the six plead guilty to the charges," said Booth, "now they're waiting to be sentenced by the judge. The sixth of the group is to appear in court on Wednesday," he said.
Boothe stated that the minors would probably serve jail time, but restitution was unlikely.
Boothe also updated board members on the fire at Franklin Parish High School and the subsequent investigation.
"There was a suspect in the matter," said Boothe, "he implicated two other people, but his story started changing. We had no other information other than his conflicting and contradictory statements. Our office, in agreement with the sheriff's office, didn't feel like we had enough evidence to proceed with the cases against the other two.
Right now, it's just an unsolved crime."
Renovations at Baskin and Crowville schools are complete and contractors are making good progress at Gilbert and Fort, according to Superintendent Lanny Johnson.
Reconstruction and renovations at Horace G. White have been delayed due to the process of asbestos removal.
"We're currently in the process of asbestos abatement," said Johnson, "and we have two architects working on a plan for the classrooms and offices."
Recovery aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will fund renovations to the gymnasium and shop at Horace G. White. The gym and outside shop building were damaged during the flooding in 2006 and 2008.
"It's a slow process, and it's going to take some time," said Johnson. "We just have to be patient."
Pam McBroom of Head Start, requested approval from board members for the following:
Head Start's 2009-10 Annual Report (see full report, Page ??)
Head Start's Personnel
Head Start's 2009-2010
Written Work Plans
Policies / Procedures
Policy Council By-laws
Board members unanimously passed a motion to accept the documents in the Head Start report.