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santa in the park 12-5-21

Santa and His Reindeer portrayed in Town Square City Park

— Citizen Photo 

TOP NEWS

Frankston Christmas Tour of Homes

planned for area residents on Dec. 11 

The Christmas season is quickly arriving and one of the events planned for the community of Frankston, is the Frankston Garden Club’s Christmas Tour Of Homes, scheduled on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 1 to 6 p.m.

Tickets are available at Silvermoon Tack and Gifts and Pandora’s Box.  Advance tickets are $17 or may be purchased for $20 on the day of the tour.  

Festive Fireplace

— Courtesy File Photo

Area residents may celebrate the holidays and treat themselves to the self-guided tour which spotlights six attractively decorated homes. Those opening their homes to the public are Veronica and Tom Mathis, David and Rebecca Brown, Deb and Gary Edmonson, Glenda Welch and Travis Townley, Kathy and Joe Laws and Thresa Stone. 

The tour will begin at the Silvermoon Tack and Gifts store in downtown Frankston, 290 South Commerce St.,  where tickets are on sale, and tour maps and booklets are available for those taking the tour.  Also at this location, The Garden Club’s exclusive Christmas ornament can be purchased.

All proceeds for this event will go to the Frankston Garden Club Scholarship Fund and other club endeavors.  

For more information about the Christmas Tour of Homes, phone (817) 913-1982 or by email at Frankstongardenclub.tx@gmail.com . Also the Frankston Garden Club is on Facebook, where there are many useful tips to share and informative discussions.  

Christnas in the Park Scheduled After Tour

After the tour of homes, those taking the tour have been invited to the Frankston annual Christmas in the Park event, sponsored by the Economic Development Corporation. It will be held on the Frankston Downtown Square from 6 to 8 p.m.  Pictures may be taken with Santa and Frankston’s downtown merchants’ hours will be extended for shopping and dining.  

Both events, The Christmas Tour of Homes and Christmas in the Park, are part of the festivities all area residents can expect to attend each year.  The downtown square will be lit up with Christmas lights and open to the public.

The public is welcome to come to Frankston for a day full of festive fun and community togetherness, sponsors say.

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FISD reports new staff

COVID-19 case Dec. 6

Frankston Schools, on Monday, Dec. 6, reported one new COVID-19 staff case, according to Supt. Nicci Cook.

The  staff member, lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, was last on campus on Nov. 30, she said.

Due to privacy requirements, the FISD will not be releasing the name of the individual or details that may identify him or her.

The case brings the overall total to 67 students and now 38 staff members for a total of 105 since the opening of school in August, according to Supt. Cook.

On Nov. 29 a student was reported lab-confirmed for COVID-19. The  student was last on campus on Nov. 19, prior to the Thanksgiving break, she said.

The student case brought the student total to 67 along with 37 staff members for a total of 104 since the opening of school in August, according to Supt. Cook.

In an Oct. 8 report, two students, one last on campus on Monday, Oct. 4 and the other on Wednesday, Oct. 6, were test-confirmed as positive with the COVID-19 virus. The new cases brought the totals to 66 students and 37 staff members for an overall total of 103 since the opening of school in August.

All previous confirmed cases including the ones reported on Oct. 8, Nov. 29 and the new case reported on Dec. 6 have been added to the school Dashboard HERE .

The case is being handled according to FISD safety and health protocols, outlined on the school Dashboard web page and notifications sent to parents and staff, Supt. Cook said.

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Town Hall audience hears details

on Frankston street improvements

City of Frankston residents gathered Tuesday evening, Nov. 23 to hear a presentation by the city engineer and financial consultant regarding a proposal for extensive improvement in city streets and the proposed methods of financing such a project.

Presenting the financial figures for the proposed project was Jake Lawrence, Vice President of Government Capital Securities Corp. of South Lake. Representing the city engineers, Frentress Engineering of Athens, was Matt Mitchell.

(See More in Complete Article HERE  )

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FISD trustees award HVAC, track bids;

hold Financial Report (FIRST) hearing 

Frankston School trustees awarded bids for installation of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment and athletic track resurfacing at their regular meeting Monday, Nov. 15, according to a report by Supt. Nicci Cook.

The bid of $305,000 from Strickland Plumbing of Lufkin for the HVAC equipment installation was accepted unanimously by the trustees.

A bid of $222,901 from Pro Tech of Tyler was accepted unanimously for the track surfacing.

Work on the track will begin soon and be completed before track season this spring, according to Randi Westbrook, Director of Business Services & Operations. The HVAC project will be completed before school begins in August, Mrs. Westbrook said. Most of the HVAC work has to be done when students are not in school, but since most of the units are on the roof, that work, involving cranes,  will most likely be done during Christmas break with the units connected in stages during spring break and early summer, she said.

The consent agenda which included approval of minutes, report of bills and the financial report was approved unanimously. An item regarding a contract for a property value study with Linebarger & Associates was deferred until the December meeting.

A public hearing on the 2020-21 Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) report was held. FISD was reported in compliance with the payment terms of all debt agreements and made timely payments to the Teacher Retirement System (TRS), Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and other government agencies.

Frankston ISD received a Superior Rating, determined by 15 indicators, receiving 96 of a possible 100 points.

School administrators gave reports on activities on their campuses.

Middle School Principal Cindy Owens presented a list of FMS Tribe Members for the second six weeks in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. She also reported on FMS Maidens basketball, a Veterans Day event, the Eighth Grade Leadership Crew and FMS cheerleaders.

Mrs. Owens also reported that Sunni Adair had been selected Texas Farm Bureau Teacher of the Month.

Enrollment in middle school totaled 203 with 60 in the sixth grade, 72 in the seventh grade and 71 in the eighth grade, the principal reported.

In the Elementary School report by Principal Melanie Blackwell, three students were named Indians of the Month in the third grade. They are Juan Pablo-Chavez, Kasey Mascorro and Teagyn Riddoch. Current enrollment was reported as 370.

High School Principal Edgar Rodriguez reported that Addyson London was honored by the Texas Farm Bureau. He also reported on such activities as Benchmark Testing, Adopt a Maiden, Academic Rodeo, Thankful Thursdays, Canned Food Drive, Turkey Trot and the date for UIL competition on Dec. 2.

Rodriguez said high school enrollment totaled 234 with 67 ninth graders, 59 tenth graders, 64 eleventh graders and 44 twelfth graders.

He also reminded of upcoming events: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on Nov. 15; Picture Day Nov. 16; Thanksgiving Lunch Nov. 18; Early Release Day Dec. 2 and State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing on Oct. 21 and Dec. 7.

Supt. Cook reported that the Lone Star Governance (LSG) Board Training has been scheduled  on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 10-11, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

An update on the 87th Legislature, presented by Randy Perry of the Region 7 Service Center, was  held on Nov. 15, she said.

She also reported on the “great seasons” by the Maidens volleyball team and the Indians football team.

A Fall Retirement effective Dec. 31 was announced for Becky Hancock, Director of Technology. A reception in her honor will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. in the FISD board room.

Campus enrollments previously reported by principals were confirmed for a total district enrollment of 807, up by 13 students from Aug. 16 and comparable to the 809 reported in the 2021-2022 Snapshot on Oct. 21, 2021. Snapshots of enrollment in 2019-20 and 2020-21 were 786 and 769, respectively, she said. Snapshot for high school only, for realignment purposes, was reported as 227.


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