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Park at Christmas 2022

Town Square Park in Lights in 2022

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Santa and Dwarfs in Park in 2022

— Citizen Photos

‘Christmas in the Park’ set Dec. 10

 for holidays on downtown square

It’s getting close to the time for Frankston’s last big community event of the year.

“Christmas on the Park” is scheduled to be “a dazzling event” held the second Saturday in December every year, this year on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Town Square City Park in downtown Frankston.

The event is sponsored by the Frankston Economic Devepment Corp.

During the event the Frankston downtown square will have been fully decorated with lots of lights and displays. 

Children are expected to be delighted by a visit from Santa Claus who will be in  the historic park gazebo, decorated for the season. Plans call for “The Grinch” to be at The Bronze Cactus.  Both will be there from 6 to 8 p.m. for photos.

Sponsors say that new this year will be a group of Carolers,  dressed for the occasion and strolling around the park offering Christmas cheer.

The local Scout Troop, led by Wendy Hall, will be providing refreshments. The Scouts and their parents will be serving cookies and hot chocolate, while everyone enjoys the festive event.

Sponsors say that Amy Blase, owner of Silvermoon Tack and Gifts, will be making Christmas ornaments for event visitors that night while they wait. To get ornaments, visitors can take pictures with Santa and/or the Grinch, and then email, text or airdrop them to Ms Blase and she will make each decoration that night for $7.49 plus tax. She says that if a visitor already has pictures to have made into an ornament, she can do it at any time.

Sponsors encourage visitors to enjoy all the decorations and beauty, but also visit the businesses and shops who make it all possible, most of which will stay open late on that Saturday to welcone visitors.

Christmas in the Park is just one more reason to have pride in our small community  and is another prime example of togetherness and fun, the EDC sponsors say.

The Frankston Economic Development Board expressed special appreciation  to the many people of Frankston who volunteer their time, dedication and kindness, to organize and decorate for the event.

The downtown businesses have expressed their intention to do their best to make their buildings festive and bright so visitors can walk or drive around the square to enjoy the holiday atmosphere, take pictures, visit with everybody and have a “jolly good time”. 

The special Christmas event is open to everyone in the Frankston area community to help them have a “Merry Christmas”, sponsors say.

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FISD trustees okay football field

sound system, 2021-2022 audit

Frankston School trustees approved installation of an improved sound system and speakers for Jeff and Opal Austin Stadium and approved the audit of FISD finances for 2021-2022, according to a report by Supt. Nicci Cook.

The board approved the purchase and installation of a football stadium sound system from Sound Techs of Lufkin at a cost of  $26,433.50.

They approved the audit after hearing an audit report by the firm of Pattillo, Brown and Hill, LLP.

Among items approved on the Consent Agenda was the Texas School Safety Center Intruder Detection audit.

The trustees also reviewed the Board Outcome Goal Progress Monitoring Report, which can be seen HERE .

During the meeting, Supt. Cook announced that the Dedication of the Robert Loper Coliseum will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p,m. during the Frankston Invitational Basketball Tournament.

She also reported that the Christmas Concert of the Frankston “Mighty Indian Band” was to be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the FISD Auditorium. The Sixth Grade Band was to perform beginning at 6 p.m. followed at 6:40 p.m. by the Seventh thru Twelfth Grade Bands.

She also said the FISD Employee Luncheon will be held at the Administration Office on Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The trustees were also reminded that applications for the 2023 FISD Wall of Honor will be accepted for consideration by the Selection Committee thru Dee. 31.

She also informed the Board of information on a 4-day instructional week in which surveys will be evaluated, a parent meeting held, frequently asked questions posted, committees working on assigned topics and next steps.

Principals gave reports on their various activities

Middle School Principal Cindy Owens announced the Students of the Month for December. They are Alton Bailey, 7th grader, and Chloe Dollarhide, 8th grader.

Announced as the December Teacher and Support Staff of the Month were Heather Savage and Lila Hord.

She also reported on the “Ugly Sweater Contest”, the FMS students’ “Thank You” to local First Responders and a Food Drive. She also noted that the FMS Gifted and Talented had been on a trip to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Middle School enrollment was reported to be 184 with 53 sixth graders, 64 seventh graders, and 67 eighth graders.

Elementary School Principal Melanie Blackwell announced the November Outstanding Indians in the third grade. The are Christoper Adams, Brayden Blackwell and Jackson Reynolds. The December Outstanding Indians in the second grade were also announced. They are Dalaven Baker, Sophia Chavez and Emmalen Jones.

Selected as Outstanding Staff were Rachael Blackstone and Kathy Dickerson.

Ms Blackwell also reported on various campus activities. She said current enrollment in the elementary school is 374.

High School Principal Edgar Rodriguez reported on various activities and honors and reported on his campus enrollment. He said the high school has 242 students, including 70 ninth graders, 68 tenth graders, 51 eleventh graders and 53 twelfth graders.

Business Manager Randi Westbrook gave the board reports on a recycling grant, a sound system and speakers for the high school gym, the roofing project, middle school plumbing lines and school vehicles.

In addition to her earlier reports, Supt. Cook confirmed earlier principals’ reports and said total district enrollment currently is 800, which compares with 808 students reported on Oct. 29, 2021.

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