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|Board to adopt millages|
Franklin Parish Tax Assessor Rod Elrod had good news for members of the school board Monday evening. Elrod reported a projected revenue increase of $80,000 if the board adopts the same millages from the tax year 2009. Current millage rates are 15.4 mills parish-wide property tax and a 4.53 constitutional millage.
"The pipeline that recently came through Liddieville increased the parish's taxable income by four percent," said Elrod. The parish-wide taxable value increased by $3 million, he said.
The board is set to vote on the millages at its next regular meeting Sept. 7.
According to Elrod, business inventory dropped for the third year in a row though he said it has not been as bad as the past two years.
In school news, early enrollment numbers for parish schools indicate a decrease in students, but far less than the 100 students school officials projected would transfer.
"These are not official numbers," said Superintendent Lanny Johnson. "We will have a more concrete number by October 1."
Several parents and daycare operators addressed the board with concerns over bus drivers refusing to transport their children to local daycare centers.
"I'm not at home when the bus comes in the afternoon," said Kristy McMahon, parent of a first- and third-grader. "I can take them to school, but I depend on the bus to drop them off at daycare." Transportation director Benton Moore said he would meet with the parents to work out accommodations.
Pat Sartin, principal, and Dr. Ruth Bonner of Franklin Parish High School updated board members on their recent success with the Freshman Academy. Administered by Bonner, 220 incoming freshmen participated in the orientation program on Aug. 20. Students in the program were able to acclimate themselves with the new high school environment and received information and resources for parents to become more involved in their child's education.
In other news, the board welcomed Barbara McGuffie of Harrisonburg as the Director of Special Education for Franklin Parish.
Winnsboro Elementary School will start the new school year with a few new additions to their staff as well, according to Principal Ronnie Lofton.
Three second grade teachers have joined the faculty including Linda Jynes, Doris Polk and Ruth Singleton. Fourth graders welcomed Susanne Delhoste to their classroom and three new support staff personnel including Toshiro Fisher, Kathy Taylor and Katrina Hutto will also join the team.
"We would like to welcome our new staff members at WE and wish them the best of luck in the new school year," said Lofton.