Strong, Kennon assume leadership of WPSB

A pair of familiar faces will assume leadership positions for the 2023 edition of the Webster Parish School Board following the group’s first vote of the new year Monday.

District 3 representative Charles Strong was selected to serve as president of the board and District 10’s Johnnye Kennon was picked as vice president. Both Strong and Kennon are multi-term members of the board.

Board members agreed Monday to appoint Frankie Mitchell to continue serving as the District 9 representative pending the outcome of a special election to pick a new member. Mitchell had decided to not seek reelection in that district, but no candidates filed for the empty seat. 

Four new board members were introduced Monday. Those include Debbie Thomas in District 2; Jonathan Guthrie, District 4; Jana Watson, District 6; and, Susan Addington, District 12.

Board members also voted unanimously to approve a yearly service contract fee for just over $136,000 with Homeland Safety to provide and maintain school security measures. Funds to cover the fee will come from seven parish maintenance funds and one building fund.  

Top contributors to the service contract are the Minden District six and one-half cent Maintenance Fund ($65,817.91), Consolidated District 3 Maintenance Fund ($29,366.95), and Springhill Maintenance Fund ($13,263.95).

In other business Monday, the board approved several projects for parish schools including:

     • $28,181 for installation and upgrading sound systems in the main gym, cafeteria and sixth grade auxiliary gym at Webster Junior High.

     • Accepted low quote of $37,108 from A&A Building Specialties to replace 10 doors and hardware, and selected door frames at North Webster Junior High.

     • Accepted low quote of $19,410 from A&A Building Specialties to replace four doors and hardware plus two door frames at North Webster Lower Elementary School cafeteria.

     • Accepted low quote from A&A Building Specialties of $39,830 to replace eight doors and hardware, plus replace selected hardware and adjust seven additional doors at Brown Upper Elementary.  

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