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FISD trustees reorganize, elect

2022-2023 officers on Sept. 19

The Frankston ISD Board of Trustees reorganized and elected officers for 2022-2023 during the Monday, Sept. 19 meeting of the trustees, according to a report by Supt. Nicci Cook.

Elected as president of the board was Dustin Holladay, president; Junior Mascorro, Vice President; and Brian Merritt, Secretary.

The Consent Agenda, which included the 2022-2023 Anderson County Adjunct Faculty Request and revision to account cards, was passed unanimously.

Trustees also reviewed an overview of progress on the Progress Monitoring Report of Board Outcome Goals. Charts of progress on the goals may be seen HERE

A presentation was given by Laurie Elliott, Loan Star Governance Board coach hired by the board. After the presentation, the Superintendent Guardrails Progress Measures Aligned to the Student Outcome Goals and the Progress Monitoring Calendar were approved by the board unanimously.

The trustees also approved installation of interior security locks but tabled purchase of security software.

After consideration of purchase of an automatic athletic field stripper, a motion to purchase failed due to lack of a second.

In other action the trustees unanimously voted to nominate board member J.R. Newman for a spot on the Henderson County Appraisal District Board of Directors.

Reports from campus principals outlined their activities and enrollment.

Middle School Principal Cindy Owens reported that a flag presented by the district congressman and flown over the U.S. Capitol was raised in front of the middle school.

She said a robotics club has been started for any sixth through 12th graders. Building will begin every Monday after school, beginning on Sept. 26 and students will get to travel and compete in the Region 7 competition in the spring, the principal said.

Students of the Month in the Eighth grade were announced. They are Wyatt Reed and Harli Halfpenny.

Middle school enrollment reported was 187 with 53 sixth graders, 64 seventh graders and 70 eighth graders.

Elementary School Principal Melanie Blackwell reported on “Outstanding Indians” in the fifth grade. They are Maya Avila, Emma Church and Kenzie Davis.

Elementary school enrollment reported was 371.

High School Principal Edgar Rodriguez reported on various activities. He said enrollment totaled 249 with 72 ninth graders, 69 tenth graders, 53 eleventh graders an 55 twelfth graders.

Supt. Cook confirmed campus enrollments and said total enrollment was 807 compared to 814 on Sept. 20, 2021 and 808 on the Oct. 29, 2021 snapshot date.

The superintendent said a final date for a dedication for the Robert Loper Coliseum is under further study. She also told the board about results of a preliminary staff survey on a proposed 4-day school week for 2023-2024. She said the staff survey indicated that the conversation should be continued. The proposal will be submitted to the District Advisory Committee to determine if there will be any further distribution of the survey, the superintendent indicated.

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Frankston Council okays 2022

property tax rate, levy Sept. 13

The Frankston City Council voted to adopt a 2022 property tax rate of $0.346551 per $100 valuation and adopted an appropriate ordinance levying the tax rate for property within the City of Frankston, according to unofficial minutes from the Sept. 13 Council meeting submitted by City Secretary Kelli Landreth-Smith.

The Council had earlier approved a General Fund budget of $1,367,951.46, which would be partially funded from property tax revenue.

The Council also unanimously approved an ordinance lowering the speed limit during Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot) construction on U.S. 175 in Frankston.

After hearing a presentation from J. Brinker of Apex concerning fiber optic internet for the City and its benefits and discussion by the Council, a motion to contact the city attorney and conduct research on the proposed service was passed unanimously.

During the public forum, Garrett and Carey Moynihan updated the Council on their recycling efforts. They indicated they had presented the program to Frankston ISD and plan to move forward with a grant through the school to create a recycle center.

After hearing reports from city staff and announcements including the annual Homecoming and Square Fair on Oct. 8, the meeting was adjourned.

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Frankston EDC board makes plans

for upcoming events in downtown

Directors of the Frankston Economic Development Corp., in their September meeting, made plans for  events coming up later this year in the city and agreed to consider circulating a questionnaire to citizens to Target Economic Priorities, according to minutes submitted by Kelli Landreth-Smith, secretary.

Mural painting

MURAL PAINTING — Frankston artist Staci Saunders takes advantage of  cooler weather to add some new features to the mural she has been painting on the west wall of the former Ellis Mercantile building facing SH 155 downtown. The mural is a project of the Frankston Economic Devel-opment Corp. — Citizen Photo

In an update on the Spooktacular, it was decided that the event will be held on Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in downtown Frankston. Monica Atwood was given permission to pass out bags of candy to people with booths.

The directors discussed additional Christmas lights for the downtown area in preparation for the annual Christmas Festival set for Dec. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. Barbara Simpson said she was looking into hiring carolers for the festival and informed the board that it would cost around $850 to hire them. It was reported that the current bid for the Christmas lights for the downtown area is $4,365, without additional lights. Board members approved the current bid for the lights.

No action was taken on donating older Christmas decorations and renting/buying new ones. Also no action was taken on a budget for Christmas in the Park.

The board discussed the citizen questionnaire and voted to add suggestions to the questionnaire for consideration at the October meeting 

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Area cities get sales tax 

allocations in September

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts reported city sales tax allocations for the September 2022 period showing increases for Frankston, Berryville and Cuney among  area cities over the prior period last year.

Frankston, Berryville, Cuney and Poynor reported gains for the year-to-date over the prior year.

The City of Frankston received a net payment of $44,078.88 for September   compared to a $38,409.22 payment a year ago. That’s an increase of 14.76 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $383,255.77 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $330,267.20, a gain of 16.04 percent.

The City of Berryville received a net payment of $2,796.94 for September compared to a $2,236.55 payment a year ago. That’s an increase of 25.05 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $25,798.35 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $22,243.72, a gain of 15.98 percent.

The City of Coffee City received a net payment of $21,325.05 for September  compared to a $22,573.15 payment a year ago. That’s a decrease of 5.52 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $191,276.24 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $191,962.27, a decrease of 0.35 percent.

The City of Cuney received a net payment of $3,292.32 for September compared to a $3,192.79 payment a year ago. That’s an increase of 3.11 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $31,210.64 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $27,083.47, a gain of 15.23 percent.

The City of Poynor received a net payment of $1,228.13 for September compared to a $1,399.87 payment a year ago. That’s a decrease of 12.26 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $10,864.55 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $10,835.22, an increase of 0.27 percent.



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