Virginia

‘Unprecedented:’ Entire school board in Franklin ousted

FRANKLIN, Va. (AP) — A Virginia school district is without a school board after all seven members resigned.

The Virginian Pilot reports that (http://bit.ly/2erR06T ) the Franklin City Council unanimously accepted the resignations of the school board members this week amid a dispute over financial matters.

Interim Superintendent Kelvin Edwards said in a statement that Franklin is “facing a situation that is unprecedented” in Virginia.

Franklin is a city of more than 8,500 about 45 miles west of Norfolk. It has one elementary school, middle school and high school.

The city council called on the board members to resign after it discovered that the school division did not need the $343,000 in additional funds that the council agreed to give it in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Superintendent Willie Bell’s contract was also terminated.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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