The Lincoln Parish School District (LPSB) should achieve “unitary status” and be free of federal court supervision in its operation by the end of 2016, Superintendent Mike Milstead told last night’s meeting of the School Board.
That would mean that the system had implemented desegregation plans in good faith, and now operate an integrated system, as far as practically possible.
Said Milstead, “We are already unitary in five items – teacher assignments, step assignments, extracurricular activities, transportation, and facilities are already declared unitary.” He added, “By July 31, we will present to the DOJ (Department of Justice) those (plans) that are full implementation to the letter and the intent of the law” that would satisfy issues with schools in the Ruston School District.
The original Lincoln Schools desegregation suit was filed in 1966. Since that time, the federal courts have had oversight of the system.
Business Manager George Murphy reported that for the year 7/1/2014-6/30/2015, sales tax collections were about 27% greater than for the previous year, or about $4 million.
The district’s operational fund balance was still healthy, Murphy said.
Not so, the plan that funds medical benefits and prescription drugs for the employees. That plan is about $1 million in the red, year to date. Murphy said drug and medical costs are up significantly over the same period last year.
See here the document.
Murphy said he would be meeting with a consultant who helps administer the plan, and would have some recommendations by early fall.
Finally, the board approved a resolution setting millage rates for the year.
See here the memo.