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Pilot 4-day instruction week model, fund

balance plan approved by FISD board

The Frankston Independent School District Board of Trustees Monday, Jan. 23 passed a three-year pilot change in the instructional week calendar, starting in 2023-2024, to a 4-day model and approved a fund balance proposal which would provide improvements, updates and maintenance for the district at projected total costs of $809,502.25, according to a report by Supt. Nicci Cook.

Passage of the instructional week change from the current 5-day model, came after months of research and polling of district personnel, students, parents and interested district patrons. A presentation of the results of the study was reported to board members and included input from those who were both for and against the change during discussion at the meeting.

Suptl. Cook said the final 2023-2024 calendar based on the new 4-day pilot is still being formulated and will be presented at the February board meeting. 

Proponents of the 4-day instructional weeks said the proposal was designed to address recruitment and retention of the best teachers and alleviate any teacher shortage.

Graphics related to the proposal may be seen HERE .

The 2023 Fund Balance Project involved the following:

— New lighting and sound system for the school auditorium through audio and LED stage light upgrades, both of which require repair and upgrades. Projected cost: $96,787.25 as quoted by Sound Tech.

— Update plumbing to the middle school building with a Nuflow Plumbing System due to the deterioration of the current system which has been causing problems. Projected Cost: $150,000, quoted by Strickland Plumbing.

— Addition of a new truck for the Vocational Agriculture department due to the growth in that department. Projected Cost: $64,960, quoted by Bacon Chevrolet.

— Total roof replacement for the Band Hall and a seam sealer roof restoration  for the original Vocational Agriculture building. Projected Cost: $497,755, quoted by FW Walton.

In other actions, the trustees unanimously formally ordered the local school board election for May 6, 2023 and approved the Anderson County Elections Contract for May 6, 2023. A separate article on candidate filing and other election dates and information may be seen on this page.

The election approval items and the Fund Balance Project were approved by all seven board members. The 4-day instructional week pilot program was passed on a 4-3 vote. Trustees present were President Dustin Holladay, Vice President Junior Mascorro, Secetary Brian Merrittt, Joe Reed, Ryan Bizzell, Heather Glaspie and J.R. Newman.

For more information on the board meeting, watch for an additonal article to follow later.

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Candidate filing in FISD trustee

election deadline set on Feb. 17 

Candidates for four places on the Board of Trustees of Frankston Independent School District bega filing on Wednesday, Jan. 18 and have until Friday, Feb. 17 to file applications for places on the ballot for the School Trustee election scheduled for Saturday, May 6.

Up for election are Place 1, now held by Heather Glaspie; Place 2, now held by Dustin Holladay; Place 6, now held by Joe Reed; and Place 7, now held by Ryan Bizzell.

Prospective candidates may obtain an application for a ballot place at the FISD Administration building now starting at 8 a.m. each business day until the Feb. 17 deadline.

Those residents of the Frankston ISD who desire to vote in the FISD election have until Thursday, April 6 to register to vote or change their address.

The first day a voter may cast their ballot early in person in the FISD election is Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, May 2 is the last day a voter may vote early in person.

On Election Day, May 6, voting will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Frankston Courthouse Annex in downtown Frankston on Commerce Street.

Candidate eligibility requirements may be found HERE .

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Candidate filing in Frankston City

Election deadline slated on Feb. 17

Candidates for election to the Frankston City Council in the May 6 election began filing for places on the ballot on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at City Hall, 240 W. Main Street in Frankston, according to a notice posted by the city.

Up for election for two-year terms are Places 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Application forms may be obtained at City Hall now through the deadline for submitting the applications on Friday, Feb. 17. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

Current occupants of the places up for election are Place 1 Mayor Tommy Carr, Placc 2 Mike Goodman, Place 3 Sharyn Harrison, Place 4 Johnnie Day, Place 5 Gerald Hall and Place 6 Roger McDonald.

Those residents of the City of Frankston who desire to vote in the city election have until April 6 to register to vote or change their address.

The first day a registered voter may cast their ballot early in person in the city election is Monday, April 24. Tuesday, May 2 is the last day a voter may vote early in person.

On Election Day, May 6, voting will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Frankston Courthouse Annex in downtown Frankston on Commerce Street.

Candidate eligibility requirements are available for prospective candidates at the City Hall during regular business hours.

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Area cities get sales tax 

allocations in January

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts reported city sales tax allocations for the January 2023 period showing increases for Frankston, Berryville, Coffee City, Poynor and Cuney among  area cities over the prior period last year.

The City of Frankston received a net payment of $43,844.25 for January   compared to a $42,064.06 payment a year ago. That’s an increase of 4.23 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $43,844.25 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $42,064.06, a gain of 4.23 percent.

The City of Berryville received a net payment of $3,124.43 for January compared to a $3,010.24 payment a year ago. That’s an increase of 3.79 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $3,124.43 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $3,010.24, a gain of 3.79 percent.

The City of Coffee City received a net payment of $21,950.76 for January  compared to a $21,730.19 payment a year ago. That’s a decrease of 1.01 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $21,950.76 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $21,730.19, an increase of 1.01 percent.

The City of Cuney received a net payment of $3,756.82 for January compared to a $3,091.37 payment a year ago. That’s an increase of 21.52 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $3,756.82 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $3,091.37, a gain of 21.52 percent.

The City of Poynor received a net payment of $1,350.54 for January compared to a $1,230.16 payment a year ago. That’s an increase of 9.75 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $1,350.54 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $1,230.16, an increase of 9.75 percent.

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