Milstead: Lincoln Schools Free From Fed Oversight Soon

The Lincoln Parish School District (LPSB) should achieve “unitary status” and be free of federal court supervision in its operation by the end of 2016, Superintendent Mike Milstead told last night’s meeting of the School Board.

That would mean that the system had implemented desegregation plans in good faith, and now operate an integrated system, as far as practically possible.

Said Milstead, “We are already unitary in five items – teacher assignments, step assignments, extracurricular activities, transportation, and facilities are already declared unitary.” He added, “By July 31, we will present to the DOJ (Department of Justice) those (plans) that are full implementation to the letter and the intent of the law” that would satisfy issues with schools in the Ruston School District.

The original Lincoln Schools desegregation suit was filed in 1966. Since that time, the federal courts have had oversight of the system.

Business Manager George Murphy reported that for the year 7/1/2014-6/30/2015, sales tax collections were about 27% greater than for the previous year, or about $4 million.

The district’s operational fund balance was still healthy, Murphy said.

Not so, the plan that funds medical benefits and prescription drugs for the employees. That plan is about $1 million in the red, year to date. Murphy said drug and medical costs are up significantly over the same period last year.

See here the document.

Murphy said he would be meeting with a consultant who helps administer the plan, and would have some recommendations by early fall.

Finally, the board approved a resolution setting millage rates for the year.

See here the memo.

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7 Responses to “Milstead: Lincoln Schools Free From Fed Oversight Soon”

  1. Oldermann Says:

    Where’s Dan?

  2. Bob Sherunkel Says:

    HE’S WORKING ON HIS CAPS LOCK!
    IF YOU WOULD JUST BE BRAVE ENOUGH TO GO TO HIS HOUSE AND ASK.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    They better start thinking about the descrimination of the teachers and not because of race. Look at the number of transfers and resignations from the west side of the parish between the west side board member and the past superintendent and his assistant from last year I’m surprised we have any teachers left from Lincoln parish they tried to get all of the teachers to resign, retire or transfer. I’m told the younger they are the better your chance of getting hired in Lincoln. Want proof check age and sex of the new hires at RHS.

    • Anonymous Says:

      I guess I’m the only one that cares about Simsboro!! Oh yea it’s not RHS is it?

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Guess where that $1,000,000.00 is going to come from

  5. Oldman Says:

    Now if only Jackson could do the same.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks LPSB and SHS .I am told today we have lost another teacher. From what I hear they may not have enough teacher to state school with this coming year. Maybe some of the high and mighty at LPSB will have to get off their rear ends and teach a class. Mister superintendent I hope and pray you open your eyes and see what is happening and get things fixed because some of your current employes have screwed up this school. And yes I do know what’s happening there my dad,myself, my children and grandchildren ALL have either graduated or currently attend SHS. PLEASE HELP!!!!!

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