Lincoln Parish School Board (Continued)

Additional agenda items discussed in Tuesday night’s Lincoln Parish School Board meeting:

Building and Grounds/Finance Committees

The combined committees met at 5:45 and heard a presentation by Ruston High School Principal Mike Milstead and Secondary Supervisor Ricky Edmiston about costs that could be expected for the proposed New Tech program at RHS. Last month, the committee had asked the staff to estimate some costs and present them at the January meeting.

First year costs would be about $160 thousand, mostly for equipment – computers and peripherals. Second year costs would be about $230 thousand – about 2/3 of that amount would be to hire personnel. Third and fourth year costs would be about $140 thousand, mostly for equipment. Recurring costs after the first four years would be about $420 thousand/year, of which about 80% would be for personnel. The balance would be for laptops and equipment upgrades. A full breakdown of the estimates can be found here.

None of these cost estimates include construction costs for a new building at RHS, which had been estimated at $3 to 3 1/2 million. The first year of the program could be accommodated using existing classrooms and facilities, according to Milstead.

The committees took no action on the proposal, and Superintendent Danny Bell said he “recommended further study through committee” on the program and its costs.

Later in the meeting of the full Board, Edmiston and Milstead gave an extensive Power Point presentation of the New Tech program and what could be expected from it. One of the components of the program is Project Based Learning that emphasizes real-world application of knowledge. Further points of the presentation can be found here. Milstead pointed out that the program would be available to all Lincoln Parish students, not just those that attend RHS.

Ruston 21 Education Committee Report

During the full board meeting, Russell Woodard introduced a report from the Ruston 21 Education Committee. The committee was formed to assess the status of public education in Lincoln Parish and make recommendations on how the schools could better serve the public and how the public could better support the schools. The committee met fourteen times and heard from ten presenters (teachers, university representatives, education initiative leaders) on issues related to education.

According to the committee the long-range goal of the Lincoln Parish School Board should be to have the number one ranked school district in Louisiana by 2017.

Jo Ann Dauzat, former Dean of Louisiana Tech’s College of Education gave a power point presentation on the committee’s work. A copy of the report can be found here.

Audit and Finances

Next up, Margie Williamson of Allen, Green & Williamson, LLP presented the audit for the year ended June 30, 2009. There were no findings. It was noted, however, that while revenues decreased $459 thousand, total expenses increased $9.6 million.

The sales tax reports show a continued decline in collections that began early in 2009. Since July, consolidated sales tax revenues have declined about $2.7 million compared to the same period last year.

Similarly, the combined fund balances, or reserves, also show a decline. Fund totals for the month ending November 2009 showed a balance of about $33.9 million, compared to a balance of about $37.4 million at the end of September 2009. Business Manager George Murphy indicated that the June salary supplement checks (14th check) might be in jeopardy.

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