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Board mulling choices for superintendent and board vacancies.
by Jay Lamm
LOUISBURG — Franklin County Board of Education members are being put to the test over the next few weeks.
They have to make leadership decisions that will affect the direction of the county’s school system for months, even years, to come.
The board is mulling over the choice of a temporary leader as interim superintendent while searching for a new superintendent who will replace Dr. Eddie Ingram.
Ingram retired June 30 and accepted the superintendent position in Darlington County, S.C.
The board is also looking over candidates to fill a vacant at-large school board seat.
The seat was left open when board member Dannie Williams resigned to apply for a job with Franklin County Schools, in accordance with system policy.
Five candidates have expressed interest for the vacated school board seat. Candidates include Youngsville residents Thomas Flaherty, William Jackson III and James Beard; Rosemary Champion of White Level and Donna Wade of Bunn.
The vacant seat will be addressed at the next board meeting Aug. 12, 7 p.m, at the Riverside Campus in Louisburg.
Candidates for the school board seat will be allowed make statements.
The interim superintendent position will be discussed at a special called meeting on tonight (Thursday) at 6 p.m. at the Riverside Campus, Building B, Room B109, West River Road, Louisburg.
Acting Superintendent Tommy Piper said Franklinton Middle School is close to being ready to open for the fall 2013 semester.
“We are in the short rows. We are down to doing a little cosmetic work on doors and such,” said Piper.
Piper said regular summer maintenance is being done at other schools.
“Carpets are being cleaned and floors waxed. We have run into unexpected air conditioning problems, but they are being addressed,” he said.
The new middle school will be added to three existing middle schools in the county — Bunn Middle, Cedar Creek and Terrell Lane.
New security locks systems to put on each school’s main entrance are still being researched, Piper said.
“We are looking for a durable system that will last and be a good value,” he said.
A card reader system is being looked at for rear doors.
“With a card reader system, if the card is lost, a new one can be issued by the superintendent,” he said.
Piper said this project would be on-going and completed within the school year.