Are Lincoln Teachers Opposing a New Property Tax?

This memo was published yesterday on Ruston Rants. Though we cannot vouch for the veracity of the authors, it has reportedly been sent to school board members.

From a group of teachers to our Lincoln Parish School board members.

1. We do not agree with the proposed property tax and will not vote for it. We will do everything in our power to make sure it does not pass.

2. We think the move sixth grade to the junior high would be a disaster. Kids love the one year at IAL and we do not want a large middle school. The junior high is a tough place and has struggled the last several years. Making it larger will only magnify the problems and involve younger children in the issues.

3. We have SRO officers assigned to every school and they are present in our schools. We do not need to say we will provide more officers for more time until we see the exact amount needed and how much we plan to give them. A property tax is probably not needed for this.

4. Teachers will not vote for this tax because of a $500 raise. After taxes, that will be $20 a month and not worth it.

5. Our teachers in this parish need a substantial raise to increase applications and interest in our parish. Teacher quality is everything and is going down. The surrounding parishes make more money that Lincoln. People used to be to teach in this parish but now we can’t find enough teachers.

6. Teachers are still mad that Mike Milstead got a raise. Why? Why? Why? Teachers have not had a raise in years and HE got a raise. We were scared to make a big deal of this but were stunned that you would want to give him a raise and stunned he would take it.

7. Mike Milstead is selling his house and moving to Shreveport but he wants us to pass a property tax.

8. Teacher morale is very low. It is time to focus on how to meet our students needs rather than build buildings like the STEM building. That was another mistake.

9. The enhanced summer school is a joke despite the wonderful presentation given to the board a while back. Attendance last summer was horrible. Students had constant field trips and activities to try to keep them happy. Is the enhanced summer school worth $1 million every summer? Until students attend on a regular basis and there is more time spent on academics instead of fun, it will not get results. First it was for low level students then it was for anybody we could convince to come. We got desperate for anyone.

10. What would be wrong with waiting for several years of data to make sure the summer school is worth clearing a building out for it? Why spend millions to move sixth grade before we even know summer school will last for the long haul?

11. We wish you could visit our schools more. We wish we felt safe to talk to you. We need your help. We are scared to talk to you, and Mike Milstead does not want to hear our ideas and he certainly does not want to talk to you.

12. Why do you allow Mike Milstead to hire an extra attorney to “sugar coat” things like summer school and a property tax. If we have to hire someone to sell an idea we probably do not need it. Has anyone asked what we are paying for that?

13. Mike Milstead wants to spend money on buildings and big ideas and is going to spend all our money and retire. Why do we rush into spending large amounts of money? How much has he spent in his time as superintendent? Please check the money. HE LOVES TO SPEND MONEY.

14. Please listen and help us. This tax will be a mistake and it will be embarrassing when it does not pass.


Here is the original which was also sent to us Tuesday night.


29 Responses to “Are Lincoln Teachers Opposing a New Property Tax?”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Dear Lord in Heaven, everything that was said is so true. But what can be done if no one steps up to talk!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Milstead has a fight coming , there will be lot of resistance to his tax

  3. Anonymous Says:

    It’s all true. Vote no.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    School Board Members: VOTE “NO”!

  5. Anonymous Says:

    I will definitely vote no on this tax if the Board puts it up for a vote! But mostly I am watching my School Board Member who I personally know. If he votes to put this up, then I will never support him again. I have told him this. I am fed up with this crap, and fed up with the continuous tax and spend situation that they have gotten us in! They will NEVER have enough!

    • Anonymous Says:

      Milstead , Walker , they are both the same. Power hungry and money hungry. They both gave themselves raises. Milstead gives none to his teachers and Walker gets rid of his best employees so more $ for him. Same people just clothed differently.

      • Anonymous Says:

        There you are little lady, been missing hearing from you! I see you still belly achin about that Ruston mayor that has nothing to do with this “story” from Ruston rants…..

        • Anonymous Says:

          It didn’t come from Ruston rants. Lincoln Parish News Online received this the day before rants did. It says it on here. Please re-read.

          • Anonymous Says:

            You got it little lady, I’ll reread it. Doesn’t matter because you’re still belly aching about that mayor and firing his “best employees”. Really sounds like you’re one of those “best employees” that really needs to move on with life. Life’s too short to gripe anonymously online

        • Anonymous Says:

          No, it wasn’t “little lady”. Not this time.

          • Anonymous Says:


          • Anonymous Says:

            Like it or not, “little lady” did bring to the surface issues related to this mayor’s administration, which for the most part, have proven to be true. So, let’s just sit back and watch. Mayor will prove himself just like he has over the years, be it professionally or personally. Period. Final.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    One afternoon Milstead was riding in his limousine … when he saw two men along the roadside eating grass. Disturbed, he ordered his driver to stop and he got out to investigate.
    He asked one man, “Why are you eating grass?”
    “We don’t have any money for food,” the poor man replied. “We have to eat grass.”
    “Well, then, you can come with me to my house and I’ll feed you,” Milstead said.
    “But sir, I have a wife and two children with me. They are over there, under that tree.”
    “Bring them along,” Milstead replied.
    Turning to the other poor man, he stated, “You come with us, too.” The second man, in a pitiful voice, then said, “But sir, I also have a wife and SIX children with me!”
    “Bring them all, as well,” Milstead answered.
    They all entered the car, which was no easy task, even for a car as large as the limousine. Once underway, one of the poor fellows turned to Milstead and said, “Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you.”
    Milstead replied, “Glad to do it. You’ll really love my place. The grass is almost a foot high.”

  7. Anonymous Says:

    More mental health professionals would be great, but LPSB barely takes care of the few they have.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Agreed. We need more mental health support, but a lot of school counselors aren’t even licensed and just to testing.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    We’d have more money if we didn’t absorb so many high-salaried people into central office when they didn’t perform as expected in their original position.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Can I get an AMEN? SO many teachers say this. Plus the “curriculum strategists” and “coordinating teachers” in the schools making tons more and micromanaging the teachers trying to get by.

      • Anonymous Says:

        Amen! When one of the Principals can’t do the job, they create a job for them in the central office! This is such waste of taxpayers money! No more taxes!

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Guys, strike has been whispered by tons.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Strikes has been whispered by a lot…I’ve heard it from both hillcrest and the junior high.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    No she doesn’t. You’d better listen to the teachers. They know!

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