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Wednesday, June 12, 2013 10:00 PM

West Franklin tensions simmer after failed bond election

By BOBBY BURCH, Herald Staff Writer

Dotson Bradbury, West Franklin superintendent, and Thayne Bush, school board president, listen to a district patron Monday during the board’s June meeting at West Franklin High School, 511 E. Franklin St.,  Pomona. Bradbury said the new school board, which will take office in July, faces tough decisions in what improvements will be made with limited funding to West Franklin’s facilities. (Photo by Bobby Burch/ The Ottawa Herald)

POMONA — A week after a hotly contested bond issue failed with voters, a West Franklin school board agenda item provoked not only the ire of district patrons but also increased security at a June meeting.

Observed Monday by two Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies, the school board quickly eliminated an agenda item laying out cost estimates to purchase modular units to house district students at the Pomona campus — an agenda item many in the community viewed as the board trying to consolidate the district in spite of the patrons’ overwhelming June 4 vote against the bond issue that would have centralized West Franklin’s campus.

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