"Welcome to the Knight's family," board president Sabrina Backer said after the vote. She asked if Dr. Thomas, who prefers to be called Geno, had any remarks.
"Yes I do, thank you. I'll always have an open door," he said as he addressed those in attendance. He thanked the board for their support and the crowd for attending.
Board member Misty Naleppa later thanked Reavis for her comments adding that Holoman is important to this district.
"Every district I've been at has been a positive experience," Thomas said after the meeting. "Right now I'm in a position in my life I can choose where I want to be. This place is the place I want to retire from."
On Monday night, he said he will start as soon as he can, but has to meet with his lawyer and school board to know if he'll be allowed to leave his position before his contract is officially up. "I want to make sure they're ready for the transition," he said about leaving the district of about 500 students.
Backer said Holoman will remain the acting superintendent until Thomas is fully in place with Franklin.
She hopes Thomas will provide leadership to help the students and school excel. "I want him to be a strong leader that propels our district to be the best it can be."
Thomas said he was impressed during the interviews that all the school board's questions were centered around the students and their needs. "I'm looking forward to becoming a Knight."
All other items were approved with the exception of two leave requests. The entire agenda can be found here.