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FISD trustees approve 21-22 revised

calendar, district improvement plan

Frankston School trustees Monday, Oct. 18 approved revisions to the 2021-22 School Calendar and approved the District Improvement Plan for the 2021-22 School Year in their regular meeting, according to a report from Supt. Nicci Cook.

They also approved the appointment of trustee Brian Merritt to serve on the Anderson County Appraisal District board for the 2022-23 term.

The newly revised school calendar may be viewed HERE  on the FISD website. The District Improvement Plan also may be viewed on the website.

In addition the trustees approved the English as a Second Language Annual Program Evaluation as part of the Consent Agenda.

The superintendent, principals and other staff gave various reports on their particular activities for the board.

Middle School Principal Cindy Owens reported on students who have shown positive behavior and have maintained grade averages above 80 during the first six weeks of school. She listed 27 sixth graders, 26 seventh graders and 30 eighth graders.

Mrs. Owens also reported that the Middle School girls Cross Country team had won second place in the district Cross Country event at LaPoynor. She listed team members for the girls and the boys and how they placed. Bailey Ball was listed as District Champion for the second year and Rachel Fletcher was recognized for second place. She also recognized members of the football teams, FMS FFA, cheerleaders, volleyball team and participants in Spirit Days.

The MS principal reported total enrollment of 205, including 62 sixth graders, 72 seventh graders and 71 eighth graders.

Elementary School Principal Melanie Blackwell announced fourth grade Indians of the Month Wylee Farris, Jordyn Hatton, Kaylin Kelley and Samuel Vittrup. Recognized as Farm Bureau Frankston Elementary School Outstanding Teacher was Rebecca Brown. Also listed were other FES activities during the month. She said total enrollment in the elementary school was 375.

High School Principal Edgar Rodriguez recognized freshman Michael Medlin for a Farm Bureau honor. He noted various school activities coming up and outlined the enrollment(recruitment), course selection and course completion requirements for the Trinity Valley Community College Dual Credit program. Total enrollment in high school of 233 was announced, including 66 ninth graders, 59 tenth graders, 64 eleventh graders and 44 twelfth graders.

Recognition of National School Lunch Week and National Custodian Day was given.

Reports were given on the status of bidding for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment, the track renovation project and maintenance and improvement of the school baseball field. The HVAC and track project bidding was reported still underway for possible votes in November. Work on the baseball field was reported to be still undertaken as previously planned.

The report from Supt. Cook included a report on the Career and Technical Education program, given by Cheryll Milgrim, coordinator. Her report included information on the Advisory Board Committee, Master Schedule CTE Audit: Region 7, and Professional Development for CTE teachers. Further information about the CTE program may be found on the FISD website, www.frankstonisd.net .

It was announced that the Frankston Mighty Indian Band had won first division at the UIL Region 21 Marching Competition in Longview on Saturday, Oct. 16 and will advance to the Area competition on Oct. 30 in Lindale. Congratulations were given to the band for their accomplishments and hard work of band members.

It was also announced that the Boys' High School Cross Country team had won first place at the District Meet in LaPoynor and will be advancing to Regionals. Members of the Boys' HS team and how they placed are: Govani Martinez, second; Logan Ratliff, fifth; Landon Marine, seventh; Ramiro Hernandez, eighth, and Cory Morgan, 15th. Girls' entry Pauline Passchier place seventh and will be advancing to Regionals. Other team members are Kaylee Davis, Abigail Fletcher, Julianna Gould, Mya Mitchell, Kennedi Musselman and Allona Butler.

Recognized for Principal Appreciation Month were Melanie Blackwell, Melissa Wimmer, Cindy Owens, Jeff Teague and Edgar Rodriguez.

An update was given on the Teacher Incentive Allotment program. Members of the committee, goals for the teaching profession, funding allotment by campus, and other elements of the program were outlined.

Enrollment figures by campus were confirmed for a total district enrollment of 813. That is up by 19 students from 794 on Aug. 16 and up 44 students from the 2020-2021 snapshot date on Oct. 30, 2020.  

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Early voting for Nov. 2 election

begun Oct. 18-29 for area voters

Early voting by personal appearance for registered voters in the Frankston area of Anderson and Henderson counties began on Monday, Oct. 18 for the election on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Eight proposed state constitutional amendments and local issues in the City of Frankston and  Neches ISD will be on the ballot.

Those voters who qualify may apply for absentee ballots by mail no later than Oct. 22. Other area voters may opt to go to the polls on election day at various voting boxes throughout the Frankston area of Anderson and Henderson counties.

Voters in Neches will be voting for a Neches ISD trustee and voters who reside in the City of Frankston will be voting on a local proposition.

Voters in the Neches ISD will be voting in a Special Election for the Place 5 member of the Board of Trustees. Candidates are Holly Nealy, Alan McEntarfer and Jonathan Gordon.

Voters who reside in the City of Frankston may cast ballots for or against Proposition A, described on the ballot as “The legal sale of all alcoholic beverages including mixed beverages.”

Election offices in both Anderson and Henderson counties have published the following information on their websites:

Voters in Anderson County may vote early by personal appearance beginning on Monday, Oct. 18 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 22. Extended early voting will be on Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 25-26 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 27-29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekend early voting will be  on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All early voting will be at the Anderson County Courthouse Annex, 703 N. Mallard, Suite 103A in Palestine for both local issues and constitutional amendments.

Henderson County residents in the area may cast early voting ballots at the Chandler Community Center on SH 31 on Oct. 18 and Oct. 25 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Oct. 19-22 and Oct. 26-29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also early votes may be cast at the Henderson County Election Center at 201 E. Larkin St. in Athens at the same times and on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Applications for mail-in ballots must be received (not postmarked) no later than the close of business on Friday, Oct. 22. The applications, available on the respective websites, may be mailed or presented to Early Voting Clerk Casey Brown, 703 N. Mallard, Suite 116, Palestine, TX 75801 for Anderson County voters. Henderson County voters may mail applications to Election Administrator Paula Ludtke, P.O. Box 2720, Athens, TX 75751. The application form is available HERE or on the county websites.

On Election Day, voters in the City of Frankston and the Neches ISD who reside in the area served by Box 18 may cast ballots at the Frankston Courthouse Annex. Voters in the Neches ISD who reside in the area served by Box 16 may vote at the First Baptist Church, Neches; Box 17 at the DAV Post, 917 Gardner Drive, Palestine; and Box 23 at the Pisgah Baptist Church, Brushy Creek. Voting hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

All Anderson County voters in Box 16, 18 and 23 will be voting on the eight proposed state constitutional amendments  on Election Day. 

Henderson County voters in the area will be voting on Nov. 2 on the eight proposed state constitutional amendments. Voting for Box 4CC will be at the Coffee City Community Center, 7019 Pleasant Ridge Rd. Box 4BV will be at the Berryville City Hall, 23170 CR 4117. Box 4MS will be at the Moore Station Community Center, 4720 CR 4319 and Boxes 4PF and 4NYL will be consolidated at the Henderson County LaRue Complex at 9551 CR 4719.

For more details, links to various election documents, including full details on each of the eight proposed amendments, are provided for confirmation below:

(See the Election Notice for Constitutional Amendments in Anderson County HERE .)

(See the Election Notice for Constitutional Amendments in Henderson County HERE .)

(See the Sample Ballot for Constitutional Amendments in Anderson County HERE . )

(See the Sample Ballot for Constitutional Amendments in Henderson County HERE. )

(See Full Text of Constitutional Amendments HERE . )

(See the Sample Ballot Page for the City of Frankston proposition HERE . )

(See the Sample Ballot Page for the Neches ISD Special Election HERE . )

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Halloween ‘Spooktacular’ in downtown

Frankston for area residents on Oct. 31

It’s almost time for Frankston’s annual “Spooktacular”, scheduled  every year on Halloween, Oct. 31 downtown on the square, this year from 5 to 8 p.m.

Local businesses and other community organizations will be invited to set up booths and tables full of candy and other goodies for young “trick or treaters”.

Area children are expected to come in costumes and go from booth to booth throughout the spooky gathering. Also adults customarily dress up and join the activities, taking many pictures for sharing. 

The Economic Development Corp. board sponsors this annual event to give the children of the community a safe place to go on Halloween, and get the whole community involved in the activities. 

Board member Gigi Selman says any individual or organization is welcome to create a booth and give away their own candy. There will be prizes for those organizations who participate and decorate. For participants, the best costumes will be rewarded.  There will be a first prize of $100 and a second place prize of $50 for the costume winners. There will also be a $100 prize for the best display.

The EDC board is inviting area adults and children to come and be a part of this local Halloween celebration event. 

“There is nothing better than a community that brings special activities, such as this, to their people,” Mrs. Selman said. “This will be a very festive celebration and is a perfect example of community togetherness and support.”         (Updates to follow . . .)

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