Robertson, Smith Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Ruston High National Merit Scholars

Ruston High School Seniors Matt Robertson and Collin Smith are semifinalists in this year’s National Merit Scholarship Program. The program is an academic scholarship competition for recognition and college scholarships administered by National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Both were recognized at last night’s Lincoln Parish School Board meeting. The were the only students to receive this honor from all the Lincoln Parish schools – both public and private.

Matt has a 4.0 GPA and scored a 32 on the ACT. He is active in the RHS band, the Debate Team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Spanish Club, and Science Club. He has been on the principal’s list, honor roll, and received a Lincoln Parish Academic Award all four years. He is a member of Temple Baptist Church Youth Group and served on several “Mission Ruston” projects. Matt plans to attend Louisiana Tech University and major in English.

Collin is a senior at Ruston High School where he has a 3.86 GPA; scored a 32 on his ACT and 1430 on the SAT. He is active in the RHS Choir, Speech/Debate Club, FBLA, Key Club, Spanish Club and Science Club. He has been nominated three times for a RusTony Award and won Best Actor in Lead Role for Barefoot in the Park. Collin has been of the principal’s list, honor roll, and received Lincoln Parish Academic Award all four years. He was also on the Dean’s List at La. Tech this summer. Collin’s plans after high school are to attend LSU and double major in Theatre/Public Relations.

Building and Grounds and Finance Committees

At the Building and Grounds and Finance Committee meeting, Superintendent Danny Bell made a pitch for a 20 thousand square foot classroom addition at Ruston High School. The school has several portable classroom buildings that need to be replaced with a permanent structure, said Bell. The new building will also allow for future expansion, he added.

LPNO had reported on the request earlier.

The original memo dated 11/27 differed from the revised memo dated 12/1 that was considered by the committees. Originally, Bell asked permission for construction while the revision asked to continue planning only.

Bell said that he and Business Manager George Murphy had discussed the project and felt there was sufficient money available in the budget to fund the project. “We don’t want to go to the voters” on this project, Bell said.

District Seven Board Member Trott Hunt asked Bell what the preliminary budget numbers looked like and Bell said “$4 1/2 to 5 million” were realistic numbers.

The committee voted to allow further planning and also to contract with Architect Mike Walpole to continue design and planning. The two committees will meet again at noon, Wednesday, December 10 at Ruston High School to further study the project.

Other Business

In other business, the Board saw a presentation from Trott Hunt on the condition of the Ruston High School’s field house. A committee had been formed in November to assess the issue. They toured the facilities at Ouachita and West Monroe and took photos which Hunt included in his presentation. No action was taken by the Board.

George Murphy presented the monthly sales tax reports that continue to show receipts lower this year than last.

Board attorney Andy Shealy presented a resolution that will provide rules and procedures for companies wishing to apply for tax exclusions. It was adopted on a ten to zero vote, with two members – Curtis Dowling and Lisa Best – absent.

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