Front L/R – Nathan Hegab, Jackson Boersma, Head Coach Paulette Butterfield, Blake Rhymes, Ethan Brady, Noah Ruff, Cameron Roberts, Assistant Coach Lacy Waskom
Back – Joseph Ham, Robert Kyle, Drew Campbell, John Higgenbotham, Ethan Purifoy, (not shown, Michael Bishop)
It was an overflow crowd at last night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB). The room was filled with members of the Ruston High School (RHS) Swim Team and their families. The team most recently captured the Overall Team Title at the Division II High School Swimming Championship last November 22 in Sulphur.
See here the write-up in Swimming World Magazine.
Former Ruston Junior High School Principal Tim Nutt noted that the team had won four consecutive state championships.
RHS Principal Ricky Durrett said, “When you mention Ruston Swimming, everybody listens. They are respected all over the state.” He added, “These young men are all excellent students. They not only put the time in the pool, they put the time in the classroom.”
The crowd got to see some history of a sort, in that the board for the first time in eleven years elected a new President.
Joe Mitcham (District 6), who had formerly served as Vice-President, was unanimously elected President. Also elected unanimously was new Vice-President Lynda Henderson (District 9).
Outgoing President Otha Anders (District 10) distributed a prepared statement to the board.
Wrote Anders, “As now Past President, I thank everyone for the trust given me to have led in a humble and respectful manner during this exceptional period of time in our educational history.”
Accountability Coordinator Donna Doss reported good news for School Performance Scores for the year.
District-wide, scores improved to 95.5 from 94.3. The district ranks third in North Louisiana, and number 17 statewide.
Two schools, Ruston High and Choudrant High, are “A” ranked schools.
See here the memo.
Business Manager George Murphy reported that sales tax collections for December, 2015 were about 11 1/2% greater than the same period last year.
See here the report.