Ruston School District Parents have a week to digest plans revealed by consultants for the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) that would “reconfigure” four Ruston School District elementary schools to accomplish racial balance, a crowd of 300 Lincoln parish parents were told at a public hearing tonight at Ruston High School (RHS) auditorium.
The board will vote next Tuesday, May 8, on which of the two plans will be presented to the U. S. Chief District Judge Robert “Robbie” James for approval.
Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) had last month reported the existence of plans to “pair” the four elementary schools, or combine the students from two schools together.
The four elementary schools in the Ruston District are: Glen View, on Bittersweet Avenue near Cooktown Road; Cypress Springs, on Saratoga Street near South Maple Street; Hillcrest, on East Kentucky Avenue; and Ruston Elementary, on North Bernard Street near East Mississippi Avenue.
Both plans presented tonight would combine the six grades of each pair – Ruston and Hillcrest; Cypress Springs and Glen View – and have K through 2 grades attend one school, and grades 3 through 5 attend the other.
See here the plans:
We will have additional reporting tomorrow on audience reactions at tonight’s meeting.