In his first year as Ruston High School (RHS) Principal, Ricky Durrett has moved the school up 8 points (92.1 to 100.3) in School Performance Scores, from a “B” to an “A.” He was recognized at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB), and rewarded with a cash incentive for his accomplishment.
Durrett thanked the board for the opportunity to lead RHS, and former Principal Mike Milstead’s groundwork.
Said Durrett, “I want to say thanks to Mr. Milstead for the things he got started there, and we’ve continued today. A big part of that is the students we have and the parents we have that support the school and support the things we’re doing there.”
Durrett noted that he thought the school still had room to grow further.
Chief Academic Officer Lisa Bastion read several testimonials from RHS teachers and staff praising Durrett. Among them:
Kay White, RHS Registrar, “He keeps the students at the forefront of every decision he makes. He is a listener and a problem solver.”
Brad Laird, RHS Football Coach, “The bottom line with Ricky Durrett is he cares about kids. He wants the best for the students academically, athletically, and socially.”
The board also heard from Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Attorney John Belton, who reported on a mentoring program for area students. The program would allow parents of truant students avoid prosecution as long as they are enrolled in the program.
See here the program details.
The board unanimously approved a 50% pay raise for members, from $400/month to $600/month. Notable in the discussion were the board members and staffers who went to great lengths to justify the raises, saying that their current pay was the lowest in the region.
See here the memo and comparisons.