Lincoln Parish School Board – New Tech, etc.

In other business Tuesday night, Superintendent Danny Bell came up with some very good news concerning the proposed new construction at Ruston High School. Bell said that as a result of much brainstorming, a plan was conceived to convert a 7 thousand square foot open area into four large classrooms, costing an estimated $750 thousand. The area is located at the southeast corner of the existing building and is now used for concessions and storage. The temporary classrooms now in use would no longer be needed.

Reportedly, the plan was the idea of Director of Auxiliary Services Charles Owens. Bell said many hours had been spent with staff – along with architect Mike Walpole – to come up with money-saving ideas. The board voted unanimously to direct Bell to continue with planning for the project.

Last year, Bell had recommended looking into constructing a two-story addition at the school, with preliminary estimates at over $4 million.

The new building was part of an overall plan to implement New Tech, a computer-based learning system. Bell said that the program would be implemented using existing facilities and manpower, and would be grown as funds allow. Cathi Cox, the district’s Project ACHIEVE Coordinator, would be the New Tech director.

LPNO has reported extensively on the construction project and the New Tech program.

Building and Grounds/Finance Committees
School Board Committees Meet on RHS Addition
Building and Grounds and Finance Committees
Ruston High Classroom Addition

Earlier in the meeting, Cox recognized two Partners in Education and presented them with certificates of appreciation. Ruston Sunrise Kiwanis Club was represented by President Jim Pesnell who reminisced about his days as a student in the Lincoln school system. He recognized several of the members who also were present.

Also recognized was the First National Bank, who was represented by Vice President/Business Development/Customer Relations Ronny Walker.

Executive Session

The board voted to go into executive session to discuss Copeland v Lincoln Parish School Board, the original desegregation lawsuit filed in 1966. Baton Rouge attorney Robert Hammonds, was present to report on developments. No action was taken by the board when it returned to public session.

Business Matters

Business Manager George Murphy presented the monthly sales tax reports, which show that collections have at least stopped declining. Murphy told LPNO that the 1/31/09 fund balance was about $48 million, compared to $41.5 million this year. Bell noted in his report that the district would have to be thrifty for the next couple of years, due to revenue constraints.

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