In the year and a half that Mike Milstead has been Superintendent of Lincoln Parish Schools, one could hear hints occasionally about Milstead’s support for the concept of Year-Round Schools.
At yesterday’s meeting of the School Board, he expounded on the subject.
Said Milstead, “You’re re-configuring the calendar. You’re taking a 180 day school year, in theory, and maybe going 190 days, because you’re shortening the break time in summer. The goal is to get to the point where we have one school in the district that parents from anywhere in the district can voluntarily send their children to grades K through five.”
He added, “We’re going to have several focus groups, where we bring some people in and begin to have a conversation about what this should look like. The goal is make sure that every kid – every kid every year that is not a special needs kid – and even some of them – is not retained.”
Milstead said that the program would be voluntary, and would have a teacher/pupil ratio of 10 to 15 pupils per teacher.
Milstead noted that after the summer break, some pupils take as much as two months to regain their knowledge level achieved prior to the break.
He said that the program could be started within a year and a half, depending on future construction schedules.
Earlier in the meeting, the board got briefed on an unusual occurrence – an annual financial audit with significant findings.
Tynes said the school’s administration failed to provide documentation for salaries and benefits.
Said Tynes, “They paid time for individual’s work, or their salaries and, benefits, but there was no support of the actual time worked. There were no time sheets, or anything like that.”
Over $100 thousand was involved, she said.
Also, the school failed to obtain bids for band equipment that was over the $30 thousand threshold for the state’s public bid law.
While the charter school is not directly controlled by the school board, any audit findings are reflected on the Lincoln School’s audit.