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Executive Session at LPSB Meeting


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


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

Going and Coming Outgoing RHS Principal Mike Milstead, left, and Incoming Principal Ricky Durrett

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


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

School Board Sells Bonds


The Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) sold $8 million in general obligation (GO) bonds to fund various projects in the Ruston School District at yesterday’s meeting of the board. This is the first bond sale of about $20 million total that was approved by the voters in an election last fall.

An interest rate of 2.86% was obtained on the sale, compared to an estimated rate of 4%, according to bond attorney Grant Schleuter of Foley & Judell, LLP.

Schleuter said the good rate was a result of the district’s overall financial health and a sound fiscal oversight team.

In Reports, School Improvement and Accountability Coordinator Donna Doss gave a presentation of the upcoming Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers (PARCC) testing. In late March “field testing” of the program will begin.

The tests will be conducted online and will give administrators feedback on implementing the program. The program is designed to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers.

Technology/Instructional Facilitator Debbie Pender said the schools were all sufficiently prepared from a technology standpoint for the tests.

Superintendent Danny Bell told the board of another potential charter school application via a letter of intent from Kia Baldwin Richardson. The application deadline is March 7.

Lincoln Parish School Board Wednesday


The Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) will meet Wednesday, February 19, 12:30 PM, Central Office, 410 South Farmerville Street.

Here is the agenda.

Among the items for discussion is a declaration of surplus computers, and sale of general obligation bonds to fund construction projects. Here are the memos.

Surplus Property – Laptops
Sale of Bonds

Jefferson Corner Open for Business Today

Jefferson Corner, Friday, February 14, 2014

Jefferson Corner, Friday, February 14, 2014

Jefferson Corner, home of North Central Louisiana’s premier morning “coffee group,” is once again open for business. The convenience store/restaurant had been closed since the first of the year for remodeling.

Manager Robert Morse was on hand this morning, with hot coffee to greet returning customers.

Morse said it would be several weeks before hot meals would be served, pending arrival of kitchen equipment. Meanwhile, the store has snack foods, coffee, and fountain soft drinks available.

Many of the group’s regulars were present this morning. Seen were retired Lincoln Parish Tax Assessor Jewett Farley, Tommy Boddie, Richard “Lizard” Howard, and David Carnal, among others.

Keith Huffman said of the group, “This is one of the groups that if they can’t impress you with their intelligence, they’ll baffle you with BS.”

Police Juror Bobby Bennett, another regular, denied the oft-leveled accusation that the group is composed of liars.

Exclaimed Bennett, “We don’t lie!” He added “Now we might add to and take away a little bit, but that ain’t really lying.”

See also the Prunepicker Blog for pictures from this morning.

Jefferson Corner opens on Valentine Day. Today.

Lincoln Schools Closed Thursday


Supt. Danny Bell has decided to not hold classes tomorrow due the hazardous conditions that remain and the issue of re-freezing. We are just not going to take any chances. Thank you Danny and thanks to all the city and parish administrators, first responders and public works personnel who have done a great job in dealing with this winter storm. Hopefully we can look forward to a nice weekend. Thanks again, Kip

Kip Franklin, Director
Lincoln Parish Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness
100 West Texas Ave., P.O. Box 979
Ruston, La. 71273
Office phone – 318-513-6200
Cell phone – 318-607-8311
Fax number – 318-513-6209

Lincoln Parish Schools Closed Tuesday, Wednesday


From the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) website.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014 And Wednesday, February 12, 2014


As a result of this afternoon’s (2/10/14} viewing of the National Weather Service (NWS) Storm Predication Forecast Center’s webinar,all Lincoln Parish Public Schools will be closed tomorrow and Wednesday due to potential hazards on bridges, streets,and rural roads. While there is no certainty to this occurring,there exists a strong possibility that a winter icing event (freezing rain and/or sleet) may occur throughout our Lincoln Parish and North louisiana area this evening and during the day tomorrow.

Considering this event is likely,we will not place our school children,our employees,or our parents on the road tomorrow morning or Wednesday morning due to the expected precipitation and frozen road surfaces. In cases where the NWS strongly projects such a weather situation,we will utilize our “snow days/make-up instructional days or minutes” we place in our school calendar for such circumstances.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may create for working parents;however, the safety of children and employees remains most important. We will not cancel school unless we are reasonably sure that based on the best information received from authorities that a significant threat is imminent.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this weather event. Stay warm and safe. School will resume on Thursday based on the significant warming pattern projections presented by NWS for Wednesday afternoon.

Lincoln Parish School District Administrative Staff

School Board Audit Results Good


It was not unexpected at last night’s Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) meeting when Allen, Green & Williamson partner Margie Williamson announced the the district’s audit for FY 7/1/2012-6/30/13 audit was unqualified, or complete audit.

There was but one finding, maintenance work orders that weren’t completely documented.

Williamson noted that the district’s financial staff had received awards from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO).

Said Williamson, “That’s been, I think, seventeen years in a row that the school district has received those certificates.”

See here the 2012-2013 audit.

In Reports, Director of Instruction and Personnel Mary Null reported on the month’s personnel changes. Also, Business Manager George Murphy noted that December’s sales tax collections were down slightly from the same period last year. He attributed that to a couple of gas/oil construction projects that were nearing completion.

In New Business, permission was given to advertise for bids for replacement bleachers at Ruston Junior High School’s gym. The bleachers now in use are 29 years old.

See here the memo.

In the earlier Building and Grounds Committee meeting, architect Mike Walpole recommended, and the committee approved, the addition of two new 100′ light poles at Ruston High School’s L. J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium. Lights on the existing six poles will be replaced. These additions should bring the field’s lighting up to standard, Walpole said.


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