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Lincoln Parish School Board Tuesday

06/02/2014

The Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) will meet Tuesday, June 3, Central Office, 410 South Farmerville Street.

There will be a 5:15 Finance Committee Meeting to discuss changes in the compensation plan and salary schedule for teachers.

Here is the agenda.

See here the memo.

The meeting of the full board is set for 6:00 PM.

Here is the agenda.

Among the items up for discussion are the personnel reports. Also, there is the list of the 2013-2014 retirees. Notable on the list is Ruston High School (RHS) Athletic Director Billy Laird.

Business Manager George Murphy and Superintendent Danny Bell are recommending that the June salary supplement bonuses be paid.

See here the memo.

Belton Addresses Residency, School Attendance Issues

05/23/2014

John Belton, a candidate for Third Judicial District Attorney, and his wife Alana, issued a statement today to dispel the rumor that they moved their son to West Monroe to play football.

The Belton’s have two children, Alexis and Jon Randall. Belton said that eight years ago when Alexis was at Ruston Junior High School, concerns about the 12-year-old student were brought to their attention. Based on those concerns and a medical doctor’s evaluation, a different educational format was recommended. After much research and prayer, the Beltons transferred her to another public school system, Ouachita Parish, which utilized the recommended format. Since keeping them together was in the children’s best interest, they also transferred Jon Randall, who was eight-years-old at the time.

“As an eight-year-old, Jon Randall was not recruited by West Monroe High School for football. Rather, he was entering the third grade and was more interested in trucks and dinosaurs. We did not know then that he would play high school football. We simply knew that we needed to get the help our daughter required,” John stated.

In making the decision to transfer their children, Belton ensured that they did it legally. They researched all of their options and resources. The transfer became a big financial sacrifice in that they had to purchase a second home but considered it worthwhile because this provided their daughter a chance to succeed while learning to deal with her condition.

Alexis has since graduated from West Monroe High School and attends college where she helped to bring Campus Crusade Ministry to her university. What was difficult and hard for her to discuss at 12 years of age has become her testimony about faith and accomplishment. As a member of Athletes in Action, she has traveled to Los Angeles and Africa sharing her testimony about how, through Christ, individuals can prevail despite any disability or personal obstacles.

“Those who are parents will understand that even though Alexis has graduated we allowed Jon Randall to remain in school in Ouachita Parish because of the relationships he has formed since the third grade,” Alana said. “However, we have continued to support and sponsor Lincoln Parish schools. If it were not for the concern and help of the Lincoln Parish teachers for Alexis she would not be the success she is today. And for that we are eternally grateful.”

John Belton says this statement will also answer the question of whether he is qualified to run as a candidate in the Third Judicial District.

“I would not be a candidate for D.A. if I did not meet the legal qualifications for that office. Having more than one home does not disqualify a candidate,” John said.

The Louisiana Constitution states in order to be eligible to hold the office of district attorney, the candidate must have been admitted to the practice of law for at least five years and have resided in the district for the two years before the election. [See La. Const., Art. V, Sec. 26(A)].

“I’ve been a career prosecutor for over 22 years and have lived and voted in Lincoln Parish since 1992. The Lincoln Parish Tax Assessor has confirmed, per letter, that my homestead exemption has been in Lincoln Parish since 1992. In addition, the Louisiana Secretary of State, who is in charge of elections, confirmed, per letter, that I have been a registered voter in Lincoln Parish since 1992,” John added.

Emma Purifoy Wins LA Student of the Year Award

05/07/2014

Emma Purifoy (L) & AE Phillips Principal Joanne Hood

Emma Purifoy (L) & AE Phillips Principal Joanne Hood


A. E. Phillips Laboratory School fifth-grader Emma Purifoy was recognized at last night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) as the Louisiana Elementary Student of the Year for 2014.

Cathi Cox-Boniol, Lincoln Achieve Coordinator, introduced Purifoy to the board and audience, which included almost all Lincoln schools’ principals.

Said Cox-Boniol, “Emma is a member of the cross country team, school choir, swim team, Missy Crain School of Dance, and Louisiana Delta Ballet Company. A member of Temple Baptist Church, she is also active in community service through LA Tech’s SOCA initiative, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network, Scouting for Food, Operation Christmas Child, World Vision, and more.”

She added that “this outstanding student been named to the Principal’s List while maintaining a 4.0 GPA for the past five years.”

A very poised and erudite Purifoy addressed the board and thanked those who had helped her, including her parents and Cox-Boniol.

Last month, Purifoy and the other finalists for the award were recognized at a reception at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge.

In an earlier meeting of the board’s Building & Grounds Committee, architect Mike Walpole reported on the progress of the various construction projects around the district.

Walpole said the artificial turf at Ruston High School’s (RHS) James Field, and the lighting and concession booth projects at Hoss Garrett Stadium should be complete by the end of July.

As we had reported last Friday, principals were named at Simsboro and Cypress Springs. Also, RHS Assistant Principal David Crowe was appointed to the position of Auxiliary Services Coordinator, replacing the retiring Charles Owens.

In reports, Business Manager George Murphy reported on April, 2014 sales taxes and the 3/31/14 fund balances.

Simsboro, Cypress Springs Principals to be Named Next Tuesday.

05/02/2014

If the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) approves the recommendations of three interview committees – and likely it will – next Tuesday principals will be named at two Lincoln Parish schools, along with a Supervisor of Special Education.

Recommended to be principal of Simsboro School is Byron Miller.

See here the memo.

Cypress Springs Elementary will see Michelle Thrower as Principal.

See here the memo.

Ashley Brown will be the new Special Education Supervisor.

See here the memo.

All the appointments will be effective 7/1/2014.

The action will take place at the regular monthly meeting of the board, 6:00 PM, Tuesday, May 6, Central Office, 410 South Farmerville Street.

Here is the agenda.

Immediately preceding the full board (5:30 PM), the Building and Grounds Committee will meet to hear updates on several ongoing construction projects.

See here the agenda.

Another notable personnel action to be approved is the retirement of Charles Owens, Director of Auxiliary Services. In that position, Owens has overseen the construction of several new facilities, and the ongoing maintenance of the district’s infrastructure.

See here the personnel changes for May.

Area Tax Elections This Saturday

05/01/2014

Bienville Parish

Parishwide School District Proposition – Property Tax

Re-imposition of Expiring Tax

Shall Parishwide School District of the Parish of Bienville, State of Louisiana (the “District”), levy a special tax of twelve and one-hundredth (12.01) mills on all property subject to taxation in the District (an estimated $4,804,000 expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year), for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2015 and ending with the year 2024, solely for the purpose of paying salaries and benefits for employees and retirees of the Bienville Parish Schools?

School District No. 2 Proposition – Property Tax

New Tax

Shall School District No. 2, Bienville Parish, Louisiana (the “District”), incur debt and issue bonds to the amount of not exceeding $2,500,000, to run not exceeding 15 years from date thereof, with interest at a rate or rates not exceeding 7% per annum, for the purpose of acquiring and/or improving lands for building sites and playgrounds, including construction of necessary sidewalks and streets adjacent thereto; purchasing, erecting and/or improving school buildings and other school related facilities within and for the District and acquiring the necessary equipment and furnishings therefor, title to which shall be in the public; which bonds will be general obligations of the District and will be payable from ad valorem taxes to be levied and collected in the manner provided by Article VI, Section 33 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana of 1974 and statutory authority supplemental thereto, with an estimated 5.50 mills to be levied in the first year of issue to pay said Bonds?

Ouachita Parish

East Ouachita Parish School District Proposition – Property Tax

Re-imposition of Expiring Tax

Shall East Ouachita Parish School District of the Parish of Ouachita, State of Louisiana (the “District”), incur debt and issue bonds not exceeding $28,500,000, in one or more series, to run not exceeding 20 years from date thereof, with interest at a rate not exceeding 8% per annum, for the purpose of acquiring and/or improving lands for building sites and playgrounds; including construction of necessary sidewalks and streets adjacent thereto; purchasing, erecting and/or improving school buildings and other school related facilities for the District, including, to the extent feasible, those specific school projects in the “Capital Improvements Plan” approved by the school board on February 13, 2014, and acquiring the necessary equipment and furnishings therefor, title to which shall be in the public; which bonds will be general obligations of the District payable from ad valorem taxes levied and collected in the manner provided by Article VI, Section 33 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana of 1974 and statutory authority supplemental thereto, with no estimated increase in the millage rate to be levied in the first year of issue above the 30 mills currently being levied to pay General Obligation Bonds of the District?

Parishwide Proposition – Juvenile Detention Center Property Tax

Re-imposition of Expiring Tax

Shall the Parish of Ouachita, State of Louisiana (the “Parish”), continue to levy a special tax of two and nine-tenths (2.90) mills on all the property subject to taxation in said Parish for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2016 and ending with the year 2025, for the purpose of improving, maintaining, operating and equipping the Ouachita Parish Juvenile Detention Center? This is a renewal of an existing tax presently authorized through 2015. The amount reasonably expected to be generated by this tax in the first year is $2,968,912.00.

Parishwide Proposition – Library Property Tax

Re-imposition of Expiring Tax

Shall the Parish of Ouachita, State of Louisiana (the “Parish”), continue to levy a special tax of seven and sixty-four hundredths (7.64) mills on all the property subject to taxation in said Parish for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 2016 and ending with the year 2025, for the purpose of providing funds for equipment, supplies, maintenance, operation, construction, acquisition, improvement, renovation and support of the Ouachita Parish Library and its branches? This is a renewal of an existing tax presently authorized through 2015. The amount reasonably expected to be generated by this tax in the first year is $7,821,572.00.

Union Parish

Parishwide Propositions Proposition No. 1 – Property Tax

New Tax

Shall Consolidated School District No. 1 of the Parish of Union, State of Louisiana (the “District”), incur debt and issue bonds not exceeding $42,500,000, in one or more series, to run not exceeding 20 years from the date thereof, with interest at a rate not exceeding 8% per annum, for the purpose of acquiring and/or improving lands for building sites and playgrounds, including construction of necessary sidewalks and streets adjacent thereto; purchasing, erecting and/or improving school buildings and other school related facilities within and for the District, and acquiring the necessary equipment and furnishings therefor, and specifically for those facilities, technology and security initiatives set forth in the “Capital Improvement Plan” approved by the School Board on January 13, 2014; which bonds will be general obligations of the District payable from ad valorem taxes levied and collected as provided by Article VI, Section 33 of the 1974 Louisiana Constitution and statutory authority supplemental thereto, with an estimated 13.50 mills to be levied in the first year of issue to pay said Bonds, provided the District shall not be authorized to issue the Bonds unless the following Sales Tax Proposition is also approved by the electorate?

Parishwide Propositions Proposition No. 2 – Sales Tax

New Tax

In the event of the passage of the foregoing Bond Proposition, shall the Parish School Board of the Parish of Union, State of Louisiana (the “School Board”), under the provisions of Article VI, Section 29 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana of 1974, and other constitutional and statutory authority, be authorized to levy and collect, a tax of one percent (1%) (the “Tax”), in perpetuity, from and after July 1, 2014, upon the sale at retail, the use, the lease or rental, the consumption and storage for use or consumption of tangible personal property and on sales of services in the Parish (an estimated $2,400,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the Tax for an entire year), all as defined by law, with the proceeds thereof (after paying the reasonable and necessary costs and expenses of collecting and administering the Tax), to be dedicated and used for the purpose of operating and maintaining schools and school related facilities, including paying salaries and benefits of teachers and other school personnel?

Belton Announces for Lincoln/Union DA

04/30/2014

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Belton running for District Attorney

John Belton, an Assistant District Attorney in the Third Judicial District for over 22 years, officially announced that he is a candidate for the open District Attorney seat. Belton says it would be a privilege and an honor to serve both Lincoln and Union Parishes as District Attorney. “I have been encouraged to run because of my maturity and experience as a prosecutor as well as my business experience in the public and private sectors,” Belton said.

Belton says he considers it a high calling and a privilege to serve the community as a prosecutor and to hold offenders accountable for their actions. “As a career prosecutor, I have prosecuted thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases involving homicides, drugs, burglaries, home invasions, sexual assault, and crimes that are committed against those least capable of protecting themselves, like child abuse, domestic violence and senior citizen abuse. In doing so, I have and will continue to work with law enforcement to ensure our community is safe,” Belton said.

Equally important as prosecutorial experience, the position of District Attorney requires fiscal responsibility and administrative experience. Belton has a wealth of administrative experience in both the public and private sectors. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for two local institutions: Lincoln Health System Foundation with assets in excess of $26 million dollars and First National Bank with assets of over $200 million dollars. He and his wife, Alana, own and operate a small business.

From 1999 to 2005, he served on the Southern University Board of Supervisors. In 2001, he was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Board and re-elected to a second term by a unanimous vote of his peers in 2002. This leadership post as Chairman included: five academic campuses, over 15,000 students, a $160 million dollar annual budget and approximately 2,800 employees.

He believes the next District Attorney must be able to not only help protect our community by prosecuting criminals but also must be able to help improve overall public safety for the residents of Lincoln and Union Parishes. “I have learned from my life and legal experience that incarceration is not always the best solution in certain situations, especially for non-violent youthful offenders. I am a proponent for the Drug Court Program and other programs currently in place that aid our youth and young adults. By giving our non-violent young adults a second chance, they can become productive citizens,” Belton said.

Belton has conducted legal seminars for law enforcement officers. He has served as an Adjunct Professor teaching criminal justice and business law at Grambling State University.

Belton received his Juris Doctorate degree from the Southern University Law Center in 1990 and his undergraduate degree in 1986 from McNeese State University. He is a member of the United States Fifth Federal District Courts, Louisiana Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Lincoln Bar Association, and the Louis Martinet Society.

He is associated with numerous community and civic groups both past and present: Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce; Ruston–‐Lincoln Chamber of Commerce; Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana; Boy Scouts of America; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Methodist Children’s Home; North Louisiana Legal Aid Council; United Way of Northeast Louisiana; and Ruston Jaycees. In December 2001, he was appointed to the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL). Belton also serves as the Chairman of the Eddie G. Robinson Museum Commission.

As a result of his leadership contributions and community service, Belton has received commendations from numerous organizations. In 2001, he was presented with one of Southern University Law Center’s highest honors, the Southern University Law Center Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2013, he received the Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce’s Calvin Wilkerson Community Service Award. The Ruston–‐Lincoln Chamber of Commerce presented Belton with the Hospitality Award for the Eddie G. Robinson Museum in 2011. Belton also received the Ruston Peach Tourism Service Award, the Magnolia State Peace Officers Association Award for Commitment & Contributions, and the Ruston Jaycees’ Outstanding and Unselfish Service Award.

Belton and his wife, Alana (a former prosecutor) have been married for 23 years. They have served as a Christian marriage counselor team as part of their spiritual ministry. They are the parents of two children, Alexis (20) and Jon Randall (16). They share a strong commitment to their faith, family and service to the community.

For more information call 318-680-6904.

Executive Session at LPSB Meeting

04/02/2014

Perhaps the most newsworthy happening at last night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) was something that was not made public.

The board went into a forty minute “executive session” to discuss “administrative effectiveness, personal attributes and human relationships, and professional attributes” of Superintendent Danny Bell.

According to board President Otha Anders, the evaluation was at the urging of the Louisiana Department of Education (LADOE), and presumably applies to all superintendents in the state.

A written form was distributed to all board members for the evaluation.

See here the document.

At the conclusion of the closed session, no one volunteered any significant comment about what was discussed.

In other business, the board heard reports from Architect Mike Walpole about ongoing construction projects. He said the new turf installation, lighting, and concession area renovations at Ruston High School are on schedule for completion before next fall’s football season.

Walpole also reported on planned construction at Cypress Springs Elementary.

Business Manager George Murphy reported that the March, 2014 sales tax collections continued the positive trend for the year.

Simsboro, Cypress Springs Principals Hiring Process to Begin

03/31/2014

Applications for Principal of Cypress Springs Elementary and Simsboro School, and Supervisor of Special Education will be taken from Wednesday, April 2, 2014 to Tuesday, April 15, 2014, according to a memo from Lincoln Parish Schools Superintendent Danny Bell. The matter is on the agenda for the Tuesday, April 1 Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) meeting set for 6:00 PM, at the Central Office, 410 South Farmerville Street.

See here the memo and job advertisement.

See here the agenda.

Prior to the full meeting, the Building & Grounds Committee will review architect’s plans for the Cypress Springs construction project. That meeting is set for 5:30 PM.

See here the agenda.

Also to be considered is the distribution of tax monies from the 1979 sales tax. Those funds are typically used for art, PE, library supplies, music, science, and periodicals.

See here the memo.

Reports to be hear include personnel and the 2/28/14 fund balance.

RHS Principal Choice Made Public

03/05/2014
Going and Coming Outgoing RHS Principal Mike Milstead, left, and Incoming Principal Ricky Durrett

GOING & COMING
RHS Principal Mike Milstead (L), and incoming Principal Ricky Durrett

Though there was no vote, the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) appeared receptive to the choice of Simsboro K-12 Principal Ricky Durrett as the next principal of Ruston High School (RHS), effective 7/1/14.

Durrett, a twenty-year veteran with Lincoln Parish schools, was credited with bringing significant improvement at Simsboro by improving the school’s classification from a “C-” to a “B.”

Tammy Schales, Ruston Elementary - Semi-finalist, Louisiana Teacher of the Year

Tammy Schales, Ruston Elementary – Semi-finalist, Louisiana Teacher of the Year

Also, the board recognized as one of fifteen semi-finalists for Louisiana Teach of Year was Tammy Schales, a fourth-grade Ruston Elementary teacher.

Schales gave thanks to the support she got from the staff at the central office, and also principals Sonja Walker and Shavonne Garner-Price.

Another notable recognition was Ben Serio’s award as a National Merit Scholarship finalist. Serio, a RHS Senior, had been recognized last October as a semi-finalist. See here our 10/2/2013 report.

Business Manager George Murphy reported on the February sales tax receipts, and the district’s fund balances for the month ended 1/31/14. See here comparisons for 1/31/13 and 12/31/13.

Ricky Durrett Recommended for RHS Principal

03/03/2014

Simsboro K-12 Principal Ricky Durrett has been recommended to be the next principal of Ruston High School (RHS), according to a personnel memo distributed to Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) members last week.

See here the personnel memo.

Long-time RHS principal Mike Milstead will be moving to the Central Office, replacing the retiring Jan Murphy as Chief Academic Officer, if the recommendation is approved.

Last year, the RHS principal job was advertised, and several candidates were interviewed, but no hire was made.

The new assignments would be effective July 1, 2014.

Consideration of the recommendations will be at the Tuesday, March 4, meeting of the board, set for 6:00 PM at the Central Office, 410 South Farmerville Street.

Here is the agenda.

Among the other items to be discussed, award of a bid for artificial turf at RHS’ James Field will be considered, and the proposed 2014-2015 school year calendar will be reviewed. See here the memos.

Artificial Turf Bids
2014-2015 School Calendar


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