Despite Money Woes, LPSB Gives Supt $10K/Yr Raise

Mere minutes after Business Manager George Murphy cited severe revenue shortfalls facing the Lincoln Parish School District the School Board voted unanimously at last night’s meeting to award Superintendent Mike Milstead a four-year extension to his contract, along with a $10 thousand/year salary sweetener.

Milstead’s salary will go from $137 thousand/year to $147 thousand. Additionally, he receives, yearly, $7 thousand in medical benefits, $37.6 thousand in retirement contributions, and about $10 thousand in travel benefits.

See here the 2015-2016 audit, pg 161.

The Board’s Executive Committee – Lynda Henderson, District 9; Curtis Dowling, District 3; Danny Hancock, District 5 – recommended the raise.

Earlier, Murphy notified the board that for the 2017-2018 school year, the state’s Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) funding would be reduced some $5.4 million for the 2017-2018 school year.

Said Murphy, “For 17-18, reduction in MFP of $5.4 million. For the time being, we’re OK. Y’all need to know that it could be tough times for the next couple of years.”

Also, Murphy noted that local sales tax collections are down significantly less that last year. For the first eight months of the current fiscal year (7/1/16-6/30/17), sales tax collections are $3.8 million lower than the same period for the previous fiscal year.

See here the sales tax report.

Murphy opined that the July salary supplement (14th check) should be okay for now.

Not so the district’s medical plan. Murphy said that they may soon have to deal with the increase in retiree medical costs.

“It may not be where everybody’s happy about it out there with the retirees,” Murphy said. “We have a responsibility to make sure this thing stays solvent. We will come to you, and there’s probably some tough decisions to be made,” he added.

In other business, Milstead said he would be asking the board soon to approve redrawing Ruston School District elementary attendance zones for next school year.

Presently, some elementary students on the east side of the Ruston School District are bussed across town to attend either Glenview or Cypress Springs. The new proposal would make US Hwy 167 the approximate dividing line. Elementary students west of the highway would go to Glenview and Cypress Springs, while those on the east side would go to Ruston Elementary or Hillcrest.

Provision would be made so that students newly enrolled in a school for Kindergarten or first grade could stay there if desired, or could move a newly assigned school.

Finally, there was a bit of discussion about the recent Louisiana School Board Convention annual convention in New Orleans, and whether it was worth the expense to attend.

Asked how much the taxpayers were on the hook for, Murphy said “about $11 thousand.”

12 Responses to “Despite Money Woes, LPSB Gives Supt $10K/Yr Raise”

  1. Verum Says:

    Hey, at least someone in Lincoln Parish is getting a nice raise – since, ya know, the teachers apparently don’t.

  2. DAN M. BURSON Says:


  3. Anonymous Says:

    You have teachers working two jobs to make ends meet, rumor has it retirees about to lose insurance or face significant premium raises, and the business manager is warning that LP is about to be in a world of hurt financially, and god only knows how programs for students and things needed for classrooms wii be cut, but they have the money to give Milstead a 10,000.00 raise and a 4 year contract?! This makes no sense! Just another case of politicians misusing my tax money! isnt there a school bud sales tax coming up for vote? I wonder what kind of dirt he has on school be? If they have money to give out 10,000.00 raises they don’t need my tax money. #just lost a yes vote

    • Anonymous Says:

      I am voting no on the School tax also! So will my family and most of my friends!

    • Anonymous Says:

      Voting against the millage renewal will only hurt the teachers and workers that are already underpaid! It doesn’t help the ones that are already making the “big bucks” just the ones that actually need it.
      It’s not right that this raise just passed because it looks like LPSB has this extra money laying around. Please don’t let this keep you from helping the underdogs that need all of the help they can get.

      • Anonymous Says:

        Sorry, But I think upper management needs a wake up call! That is what they have been so successful with over the years! Scare tactics and propaganda to make you vote for more taxes. I need to see serious change at the top, before I vote for ANY more taxes! Renewal or new ! I’m done!

  4. biggs Says:

    Car allowance? Car?

    Sent from my iPhone


  5. Ipfreely Says:

    Very easy to spend others money. Dan I thought you and Milstead were big buddies.

  6. LPDOG Says:

    Politicians’ best friend: ready cash…

  7. brianholers Says:

    I won’t pretend to know much about this situation. All I can say is Mr Milstead was a starving teacher for many years, and taught me in the 80s. Just as in the corporate world, sometimes top money is the only thing that can keep top talent. No doubt he could easily retire and leave the job to someone paid $10k less but who might be worth $20k less. Situation isn’t as simple as it might look.

  8. LPSB Teacher Says:

    I’m a teacher with a family please people do not be so heartless and vote no for the tax renewal, you will hurt not only the employees in the parish, but the students also. Please vote “Yes” in April!

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Don’t worry they got the 10k from Ouachita parish that’s missing to give Milstead. You know they wouldn’t use our money for that our school board is smarter than that (you would think)!!!

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