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Lincoln Parish School Board Tuesday

08/31/2015

The Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) will meet Tuesday, September 1, Central Office, 410 South Farmerville Street.

At 5:30 PM, the Building and Grounds Committee will meet, and at 5:45 PM, the Finance Committee.

See here the agenda.

Next year’s proposed budget will be considered in the finance committee.

See here the memo.

At 6:00 PM, the full board will meet.

Here is the agenda.

Among the reports to be heard is the personnel actions for the month.

See here the report.

LPSB Insurance Guru: Prescription Drug Expenses a Problem

08/05/2015

Almost all the deficit problems now being experienced with the Lincoln Parish School District medical/drug benefits plan is a result of the high price of prescription drugs, rather than medical side of the plan, according to Brown & Brown’s David Charpentier, who serves as a consultant for the district.

Charpentier addressed the Finance Committee of the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) at last night’s meeting.

Said Charpentier, “The good news is that it’s not really caused by the medical side of the plan. The medical side of the plan is actually, if adjusted for the fluctuation in the number of lives – flat. Relatively flat. The problem is in the prescription side of the plan.” He added, “Just as a general statistic, your prescription plan when benchmarked against your peers is running 50% above what the benchmark is. Whereas your medical plan is running below the benchmark.”

He noted that the cost trend in drugs is upward, and there are more specialty drugs which are generally more expensive than the norm.

Charpentier’s recommendations are in this memo.

The committee and the full board approved the recommendations.

In other business, the board heard from Grambling High Foundation President Gordan Ford, on the status of Grambling Lab School’s application for charter status.

Ford said that the foundation would be operating the schools on behalf of Grambling State University for the 2015-2016 school year, and that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education had conditionally approved that plan.

The schools would become full-fledged charter schools for the 2016-2017 year, Ford said.

Changes Coming for Lincoln Schools Medical/Drug Benefits

08/03/2015

The 5:30 PM, Tuesday, August 4 meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) Finance Committee is the meeting you’ll want to attend to learn of impending changes to drug and medical benefits for school personnel.

Among the recommended changes:

Increase the annual RX deductible to $250, applicable to all tiers of prescriptions
Change the member responsibility for Specialty Drugs to 25% of the cost, maximum of $250 per prescription (this is currently a $100 copay).
Change the non-formulary co-pay to $60 (from $50)
Increase the Individual Maximum In Network Out of Pocket to $3,500
Increase the Family In Network Maximum Out of Pocket $10,500

See here the memo.

See here the agenda.

In the 6:00 PM meeting of the full board, personnel actions will be reviewed.

See here the proposed personnel actions.

Here is the agenda.

The meetings will be held at the Central Office, 410 South Farmerville Street.

Milstead: Lincoln Schools Free From Fed Oversight Soon

07/08/2015

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.

Lincoln Schools Have Numerous Personnel Changes

07/06/2015

The Lincoln Parish School District (LPSB) looks to have one of the largest shifts in personnel in recent memory, according to the memos that will be reviewed at this week’s LPSB meeting. There are nine pages of new hires, resignations, retirements, and reassignments for the district.

See here the memo.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:00 PM, Tuesday, July 7, Central Office, 410 South Farmerville Street.

Here is the agenda.

Seen on Burgessville Road This Morning

06/26/2015

Sign

New Desegregation Order for Lincoln Schools

06/03/2015

Concerning Glenview Elementary, Ruston Elementary, Cypress Springs Elementary, and Hillcrest Elementary.

See here the document.

Tuesday’s LPSB Meeting Routine

06/03/2015

Last night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) was low key, with mostly routine matters considered.

Business Manager George Murphy reported on sales tax collections for May, and the various fund balances for the month ending 4/30.

Sales Tax Collections – May, 2015

Fund Balances – 4/30/2015

Murphy noted that the assets of the district’s self-insured medical and prescription fund was in deficit for the year and would like needed an infusion of cash from the sales tax fund.

Self-insured medical fund statement – 4/30/2015

Assistant Superintendent Mary Null reported on personnel changes, and also reviewed changes to the policy manual. That document had some changes to the district’s policy on electronic communications devices, and will be of interest to most all students and parents.

Personnel – June, 2015

Policy Manual Revisions

The board adopted the “official journal” for 2015-2016. The Ruston Daily Leader’s proposed rate increased from $4.75/hundred words to $5.75/hundred words. No other publication submitted a bid.

See here the memo.

Also, prior to the board meeting, a reception was held in the lobby to recognize those who retired this past school year.

See here the list.

Lincoln Parish School Board Tuesday

06/01/2015

The Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) will meet Tuesday, June 2, 6:00 PM, Central Office, 410 South Farmerville Street.

Here is the agenda.

“15 th Check” Approved by LPSB

05/13/2015

The Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) voted a “fifteenth check” to employees at last night’s meeting, approving a $3 thousand bonus for certificated employees and $1,500 for support staff. The money became available after a recent flurry of oil and gas activity in the parish resulted in sales tax collections considerably above budget.

See here the memo.

Also approved was payment of the June salary supplement check (14th check) of $5,025 and $2,513 for the two employee classifications. The 13th and 14th bonuses have been paid consistently for the past several years, even though the district’s group health benefit fund is underfunded.

See here our story: (Auditor: School Board Unfunded Group Health Liability Over $120 Million – LPNO 2/4/15).

Business Manager George Murphy conceded last night that future sales tax windfalls would likely be applied to that fund.

The district has just under 1,100 employees, with 833 of them full time. Of the full time, 580 have teaching certificates, with 253 support personnel. 467 of the 580 are classroom teachers.

Murphy also reported on the April, 2015 tax collections and the 3/31/15 fund balance.

As we had reported last week, several new principals were appointed, and were introduced to the board.

No board vote was taken, as school superintendents have the authority to make personnel assignments unilaterally.

During the Building & Grounds Committee Meeting, Architect Mike Walpole reported on the construction projects in the district. He noted that the Hillcrest Elementary project had been delayed by weather, and would likely not be ready in time for the fall, 2015 school opening.


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