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|Students of the year recognized by board|
The Franklin Parish School Board recognized the three "Students of the Year" for 2008 at its regular meeting Monday night.
The honorees were introduced by LaTanga Blackson and board president Eddie Ray Bryan presented each student with a plaque of recognition.
The students receiving the honor include,
Logan Mechell Crum, a fifth grader at Gilbert Jr. High School, and the daughter of Wendy Crum and Ronald Crum, Jr.
Regan Elyse Arender is an eighth grade student at Baskin Junior High School. She is the daughter of Sonya Arender and George Arender.
Maranda Kay Berry is a senior at Franklin Parish High School. She is the daughter of Wanda and Randy Berry.
"These three students have been selected to represent our parish," said Blackson. (Watch The Franklin Sun next week for students' complete bios.)
In business matters, members voted unanimously to amend the school calendar for the 2008-2009 school year.
"Because the testing dates were changed, spring break will start on April 10, Good Friday, and will continue the next week," said Supt. Dr. Lanny Johnson. "Testing will end on the Monday prior to Good Friday and we'll have a few days for make-ups before the break."
The board also voted unanimously to open Request for Proposal (RFP) for financial services. Currently, Winnsboro State Bank provides banking services for the Franklin Parish school system. This resolution will enable other local financial institutions to offer a proposal for the same services.
A request by the village of Gilbert to annex a portion of school board owned property was proposed and adopted unanimously by the board members.
LSU AgCenter Extension agent Ginger Boutwell informed board about the success of the "Real World" program - a campaign designed to teach pre-high school students how to manage money in the real world.
Four schools participated in this year's event including Crowville, Baskin, Fort Necessity and Gilbert. One hundred and forty-seven students participated in the program and 12 Beta members from Franklin Parish High School served as group leaders. Representatives from 20 businesses were on hand to instruct the students on budgeting for items such as rent, car notes and unexpected.
Three welders from Franklin Parish High School FFA Club were also recognized for placing in the regional welding competition held recently at Louisiana Tech in Ruston. Rick Cureington, ag instructor at FPHS introduced the students and presented them with banners. Chad Nettles and Richie Fatzer placed third in the contest, while Javin Guillot and Michael Rawls took home the first place banner. This entitles both groups to go to the state competition in Baton Rouge in October.
Harriet Stapp and members of the advanced choir were recognized for their participation in the district music rally held recently at Louisiana Tech University and the state competition held at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
The advanced choir performed several numbers for board members and audience with choir leader Harriet Stapp piano accompaniment.
Members are, Sabrina Barber, Regina Credit, Morgan Alford, Ryeshia Bush, Terra Thornton, Regina Barber, Sherilynn McFarland, Kenny Blackson, J. B. Bennett and Mack Robinson.