Bell Seeks LPSB Contract Extension Amid Maneuvering for Replacement

Retiring Lincoln Parish School District Superintendent Danny Bell wants to stay on the job for about three months beyond his previously announced retirement date of 6/30/2015.

Bell wrote in a memo to the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) that the extra time would be used to help the new superintendent become acclimated during the transition.

See here the memo.

The request will be considered at the Tuesday, January 6 meeting of the board, set for 6 PM, Central Office, 410 South Farmerville Street.

Here is the agenda.

While the formal search for a new superintendent hasn’t begun, the rumor mill has generated several names that may want the job.

The name with probably the most favorable mentions is former Ruston High School (RHS) Principal Mike Milstead. Milstead is currently the district’s Chief Academic Officer.

Another former RHS principal, Kenny Henderson, may apply, it is rumored. Henderson was most recently Executive Director of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA). He left that job last October when his contract wasn’t renewed.

Lincoln Parish’s Assistant Superintendent Mary Null’s name has been mentioned as a possible applicant.

In other business, the board will hear reports on the district’s personnel changes for the month, and its financial status. See here the documents.

Fund Balances

Also, the board will consider a request to float another $5 million bond sale for the ongoing Ruston School District construction. This is the second phase of what will be a total of $21 million in loans.

See here the memo.

The board will consider scheduling a tax election public hearing at the 2/18/15 board meeting. The Simsboro District’s 3.12 mil maintenance and operation tax will expire at the end of 2015, and an election will likely be called to reimpose that tax.

See here the memo.


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