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Frankston Council approves submitting

FDLM contract for update in next year

The Frankston City Council, in their June meeting, approved the submitting of the contract with the Frankston Depot Library and Museum, Inc. (FDLM) for updating of current provisions pertaining to the Frankston Depot Library and the Kathleen Cook Fitzgerald Museum for the coming fiscal year, according to unofficial minutes submitted by City Secretary Kelli Landreth-Smith.

The Council voted unanimously to submit the contract to the city attorney for updating outdated provisions and will vote on the updated contract and funding during budget deliberations.

In other action, following an executive session, the Council approved a $500 bonus to city employees. They also approved an ordinance to deny a rate increase by Oncor. The action is a routine action which is a step in the process pertaining to the company’s request for the increase with the Texas Public Utility Commission, which may or may not approve the increase, city officials explained.

The Council approved a request for variance on a mobile home already in existence after considering all options. In another matter, they unanimously approved a subplat of acreage on Garner Street.

Discussed by the Council were possible uses of the property formerly occupied by the nursing home and other complaints involving property and abandoned vehicles.

Mayor Tommy Carr informed the Council that he plans to start budget meetings at the first of August and would inform them of the date(s) later.

Following departmental reports, the meeting was adjourned.

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FISD trustees employ personnel,

review Pre-K monitoring reports

Frankston School trustees Monday, May 16 employed professional personnel and reviewed Progress Monitoring Reports for Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) based on data from the Children’s Learning Institute, according to a report from Supt. Nicci Cook.

They also heard campus reports and updates on use of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds under ESSER III.

In a fairly abbreviated session, they also approved of the monthly financial report under the consent agenda.

The Pre-K report on Literacy indicated that end-of-year CLI data for all students in literacy is above projections at this time. The report indicated that, in the 2021-2022 school year, two veteran teachers taught Pre-K, the classrooms were expanded to give more learning space, and each classroom had a supporting fulltime para-professional to assist and work with students. For 2022-2023, plans call for continuing use of the same veteran teachers along with keeping a para-professional in each class.

The report on Pre-K Numeracy reflected much the same utilization of veteran teachers and para-professionals in 2021-2022 and the intent to continue that plan in 2022-2023 in light of the campus evaluation being on track.

Business Manager Randi Westbrook updated the board on the projects/supplies funded with ESSER III funds, including the HVAC, Learning Center renovations and personnel costs.

Campus principals gave their usual reports on activities and events.

Elementary Principal Melanie Blackwell recognized students who were “Outstanding Indians”, reported on the Robotics Competition, Arbor Day Tree, STAAR tests, Gifted and Talented (GT) Trip, 5th Grade Career Day, Field Day and   also reported current enrollment to be 370.

Middle School Principal Cindy Owens reported on the FFA Banquet, UIL participation celebration and events during the last week of school. She said total middle school enrollment was 192.

High School Principal Edgar Rodriguez reported on plans for Final Exam Weel, the Band Concert and Graduation. He recognized Timothy Ryals as Farm Bureau Student of the Month and Kaitlyn and Riley Webb as Teachers of the Year. He said total high school enrollment was 221 with 62 ninth graders, 57 tenth graders, 57 eleventh graders and 45 twelfth graders.

Supt. Cook confirmed the campus enrollment figures and said total district enrollment was 783, down by 11 students from the start of school in August 2021. She also reported on total COVID-19 cases since the start of school, which had not increased since March 29.

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