Milstead Relents on Dubach School Closure

Dubach School Gymnasium – Town Hall meeting Monday, January 27, 2020


Lincoln Parish School Superintendent Mike Milstead this morning messaged Dubach parents and wrote that the future status of Dubach School WILL NOT be on next week’s school board meeting agenda, and that the school will remain open for the foreseeable future.

Milstead’s action came after a boisterous “town hall” meeting with Dubach area parents and residents at the school’s gymnasium last night.

The crowd looked to be a hundred or so. Originally, the meeting was to be in the school cafeteria, but that soon proved to be too small.

Wrote Milstead:

Good morning, Dubach parents. This is Mike Milstead, Superintendent of Lincoln Parish Schools. I appreciate each of you that came to the community-school meeting last night, Monday, January 27th. I appreciate your passion for Dubach School. After being part of that meeting and listening to you,the Lincoln Parish School Board will NOT move forward with placing the future of the school on the next school board agenda. Dubach School will remain open for the foreseeable future. Let’s turn all the energy and enthusiasm for Dubach School into helping the school become the most successful school in the District.

During the meeting, Milstead indicated that it was the consensus of the district’s staff and the board members that the school should be closed after the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Budget constraints prompted the move, Milstead claimed.

“We’ll save $500 thousand per year. We in the school business need to balance our budget. In order to do this, then we have to make some changes,” he said.

He continued, “This board and I have talked over the last six, eight months about ways we could do things to balance the budget. This keeps coming up.”

The issue hasn’t been on the board’s agendas, nor has it been discussed in public meetings that we’ve attended over the past year.

We asked when it was discussed, and Milstead said, “One on one conversations that I can have with board members individually.”

Milstead was continually peppered with comments and questions from the audience. Typical of the questions was where were the school board members who would make the final decision, and why weren’t they at the meeting.

Milstead said that they had all been invited.

Two members were there, Mike Barmore (District Four) and Danny Hancock (District Five).

Another comment that received wide applause was the suggestion that students be bused from Ruston to Dubach in order to increase the enrollment at the smaller school.

Another issue that came up was the million dollar cheerleader building at Ruston High School, and the suggestion that if money is tight, how could that expenditure be justified.

8 Responses to “Milstead Relents on Dubach School Closure”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Obviously the million dollar cheerleading building is more important than funding Dubach School! Beware Dubach parents, the subject will rear its ugly head again soon. Looks like RHS band building would be important? It was axed too.

  2. Chris Fuller Says:

    When a school in your parish rates a D, the first thought should be “What can we do to help?” Not, lets close the doors on a small town and move the money to Ruston. Remember, these grades are based on class percentages. So for a small class it only takes a few failing grades to look bad. The question is, whats better for the kids? Uproot the children with failing grades and bus them to ruston or keep them where they are and let the great staff at Dubach School continue to have more hands on with them than they would ever get at a big school. If anything, there should be more money set aside for after hours tutoring. Fancy buildings and upgrades should take a back seat for whats best for the children. I am pleased to see that the school board unanimously made the right choice and hope they continue to do so. Lets continue to fight for our children in meetings and at the voter box.

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  4. Anonymous Says:

    Amen Chris Fuller

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