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Allred joins Granville school board

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OXFORD Lynn Allred was sworn in as the Granville County Board of Education representative for District 1 at Monday’s meeting.

Allred replaces Tony Smith, who announced his resignation during the March 4 board meeting. Allred will serve the remaining months of the District 1 term. The seat will be up for election in 2020.

“My intent for running for this seat was to provide the board, and District 1, with a choice — to offer the perspective of a parent and a citizen of this community who is interested in the future of our students, our schools and our county,” Allred said in June. “This will be a tremendous learning experience, but I am looking forward to working with the board members for the remainder of this term.”

Allred currently works for Granville County government as a public information officer and grants coordinator.

In other business, Rev. David Richardson, the District 7 representative, asked that the board issue an invitation to the Sept. 9 meeting to city and county leaders to discuss their 5-, 10- and 20-year plan before any additional conversations be held about renovations or closing any schools. Richardson said the information they are basing decisions on is about a year-and-a-half old and he wanted current information to make the best possible decisions.

The board also approved financial support for the Communities in Schools position at J.F. Webb High School. The Communities in Schools program surrounds students with a community of support and helps students stay in school and prepare for a successful life. The board approved $25,000 for this position with the remaining portion of the salary coming from the Communities in Schools program.

Additionally, the school board approved the student fees schedule with one change to the transcripts cost and the bus routes with alterations to the transportation to locations other than home policy.

The new portion of the policy reads: “Upon request, the superintendent or his/her designee may, but is not required to, assign a student to a bus to transport the student to and/or from a location other than home if the following conditions are met: the student’s residence and/or requested bus stop must be within the zone eligible for transportation service.”

The second change reads: “Any changes in bus stops must be approved by the superintendent or designee. Students who attend a school outside of their attendance zone as approved through the choice program OR an official transfer request may be eligible for transportation via bus shuttle service or an alternate bus stop within the school in which they are enrolled.”

The next Granville County Board of Eduction meeting will be held Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.