Russell Bennett, an electric department employee at Philadelphia Utilities, was appointed to the Philadelphia Public School Board last week by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

He will served the remainder of the term of Vetty Gates, who resigned from the board to pursue job ventures.

Bennett's term will expire March 1, 2017.

Bennett is a 1987 graduate of Philadelphia High School. He is a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Jerusalem Temple.

He is raising four children in the city school system, he said.

Alderman-at-Large Willie Jackson told Bennett that he was confident in his appointment.

"I feel confident you will keep the best interest of the children and parents in your heart and remember the taxpayers," Jackson said. "We have no control over school millage. I encourage you to keep in mind the people out there who are paying the bills."

Other members of the school board are Harold Coburn, Kim Mars, Ron Sparnecht and Cheri Gamblin.

In other action aldermen:

• Accepted a bid by APAC for asphalt.

• Approved claims from East Central Planning and Development District for $5,141.50, Allen & Hoshall for $1,950 and Delta Constructors for $13,949.83 for work performed on the Water and Sewer Grant.

• Approved a claim from East Central Planning and Development District for $6,168.45 for work performed on the AlphaGen Building. This is reimbursable from MDA.

• Approved the Statewide Mutual Aid Compact with Neshoba County.

• Approved deputy city clerks Nikki Walton and Janice Coleman to attend a BBI budgetary class in Pearl at a cost of $200 plus mileage.

• Approve a $200 petty cash fund for the Court Clerk.

• Approved changing board meeting time from 6 p.m. to 5 p.m.

• Entered into an executive session on an industrial matter.

• Advertised for bids for cutting grass at all cemeteries.

• Approved the closing of Byrd Avenue from Main Street to Walnut Street for the dedication of the new Arts Council marquee on Aug.15 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

• Allowed Family Dollar to use an undeveloped street named DeKalb Street for water run off.