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With the completion of the roof replacement at Winnsboro Elementary, renovations to parish schools will conclude after two years of improvement projects, according to school officials.
Due to the increased property values at each campus, board members approved an adjustment to insurance premiums and deductibles at their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 8.
The building projects were partially funded through the renewal of a half-cent sales tax and a 14-mills property tax which generates some $14 million in revenue for the school system, according to Supt. Lanny Johnson. Franklin State Bank honored $1.5 million in low interest federal bonds for a loan to complete the building projects in October 2009.
"We're extremely proud of the improvements," said Johnson. "We got a lot for our money and we're grateful to the people for their support."
The reconstruction of the fire-gutted Horace G. White Senior Learning Center is ongoing and will likely continue through the summer, according to school officials. The school system received $1.6 million in insurance coverage to repair the damage caused by the blaze and $300,000 from FEMA to repair the campus building and gym floor damaged by an earlier flood.
Preliminary results for standardized test administered in the spring of 2010, reveal a slight decrease in scores in Franklin Parish and across the state.
"We're not as pleased with the scores this year as we were last year," said Johnson, who noted that Franklin Parish made the most significant growth of any parish in the state last year.
Johnson said official scores would not be released until the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year.
In business news, contracts outlining terms and use for several programs at Franklin Parish Schools were considered and accepted by members of the board. Below is a list of items accepted for the 2010-2011 school year at the regular meeting June 8:
° Acceptable Use Policy and Internet Safety Agreement
° Child nutrition program agreement between FPSB and the state department
° Child nutrition program agreement for fresh fruit and vegetable program.
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is new to Franklin schools, according to Johnson. The program offers a variety of exotic fruits and vegetables to children as snack option at schools.
"It's going to take some administrative skills to put the program into operation," Johnson said, "But it will be worth it."
Board members unanimously accepted a motion to designate The Franklin Sun as the official journal of the Franklin Parish School System.