Archive for the ‘Lincoln Parish School Board’ Category

Many Local Politicians Get Free Ride to Office


Many local politicians were unopposed for election at the closing of the three-day qualifying period at 4:30 PM today, including all the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB), all the Ruston City Council, the Mayor of Ruston, a Third Judicial District judge, and an appeals court judge.

Elected without opposition were:

Jay B. McCallum – Louisiana Court of Appeal, Second Circuit, District 2, Division 1
Jeff Robinson – Third Judicial District Court, Division A
Susan Wiley – Lincoln Parish School Board, District 1
David Ferguson – Lincoln Parish School Board, District 2
David Gullatt – Lincoln Parish School Board, District 3
Mike Barmore – Lincoln Parish School Board, District 4
Danny Hancock – Lincoln Parish School Board, District 5
Joe Mitcham – Lincoln Parish School Board, District 6
Hunter Smith – Lincoln Parish School Board, District 7
Lisa Best – Lincoln Parish School Board, District 8
Lynda Henderson – Lincoln Parish School Board, District 9
Otha Anders – Lincoln Parish School Board, District 10
George Mack, Jr. – Lincoln Parish School Board, District 11
Debbie Abrahm – Lincoln Parish School Board, District 12

Incumbent school board members Curtis Dowling (District 3) and Trott Hunt (District 7) did not run for re-election. All the others were incumbents and were unopposed.

Smith is a petroleum landman and graduate of Ruston High School and Louisiana Tech. Gullatt is an adjunct professor at Louisiana Tech.

Robinson is a local attorney and is an assistant district attorney in the Third Judicial District.

Also, incumbent Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker was unopposed, as was the entire incumbent Board of Aldermen:

Carolyn Cage – Alderman, Ward 1
Angela Mayfield – Alderman, Ward 2
Jedd Lewis – Alderman, Ward 3
Jim Pearce – Alderman, Ward 4
Bruce Siegmund – Alderman, Ward 5

The race for Division C of the Third Judicial District is contested, and will be decided on Tuesday, November 6.

Vying for that position are Bruce Hampton and Monique Clement.


Lincoln School Employees to get Social Media Rules


A proposed “Employee Use of Social Media” policy will be discussed at next Tuesday’s (7/10) meeting of the Lincoln Paris School Board (LPSB), and will be considered for for formal adoption at the 8/7/18 board meeting, according to the agenda and other supporting documents.

From the proposed rules:

Employees who use social media for personal purposes must be mindful that they are responsible for their public conduct even when not acting in their capacities as school district employees. All employees, including student teachers and independent contractors, shall comply with the requirements of this policy when using electronic social media for personal purposes.

School Board personnel may monitor online activities of employees who access the Internet using school technological resources. Additionally, the Superintendent or designee may periodically conduct public Internet searches to determine if an employee has engaged in conduct that violates this policy. Any employee who has been found by the Superintendent to have violated this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.

See here the complete document.

A significant number of personnel changes will also be reported at the meeting.

See here the complete list.

The meeting is set for 6:00 PM at the Central Office, 410 South Farmerville Street.

Here’s the agenda.

Dubach’s Pruden State Principal of the Year Finalist


Dubach Principal Pam Pruden (L), Lincoln Supt Mike Milstead

Dubach’s Pam Pruden has been named a finalist for the Louisiana Principal of the Year Award, and was recognized at Tuesday night’s Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB)Meeting.

ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol introduced Pruden, and said she was “…among 9 educational leaders who have been named a Finalist for this year’s Principal of the Year honors and one of only 3 finalists named from North Louisiana.”

Cox-Boniol noted that School Performance Score for Dubach increased 20 points from a 66.4 SPS in spring 2015 to an SPS of 86.4 in spring 2017. The Value-Added Model (VAM) Dubach teacher scores increased 56 percent from spring 2016 to spring 2017, she added.

The winner, along with Teacher of the Year, will be announced at a July event in Baton Rouge.

The board gave approval for revisions in the district’s capital outlay plan, and also authorized advertising for bids for the 2018-2019 school year.

Here’s the revised plan.

Approval was also granted to accept the low bid of $2.73 million by Triad Builders of Ruston for construction of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Building to be located adjacent to Ruston Junior High. Construction is scheduled to begin soon, with occupancy expected for the 2019-2020 school year.

Two Lincoln Parish Principals Kicked Upstairs to Central Office Jobs


Two Lincoln Parish School District Principals – Ruston High School’s Ricky Durrett, and Ruston Junior High School’s Daryl Savage – have been promoted to positions at the district’s central office.

Durrett will become Secondary Supervisor-High School, and Savage will move into the newly created position of Technology Facilitator.

The appointments are effective Friday, June 1.

Promoted from Administrative Assistant to Interim Principal at Ruston High was Dan Gressett. The new Principal at Ruston Junior High will be John Young, moving from that position at I. A. Lewis. The new I. A. Lewis Interim Principal is Keshia Osborne.

Numerous other personnel moves are detailed in the report that will be presented at the Lincoln Parish School Board’s regular monthly meeting set for Tuesday, June 5, 6:00 PM, Central Office, 410 South Farmerville Street.

Here is the agenda.

Louisiana Teachers to Strike?


Survey shows Louisiana teachers support a strike for pay raises

By Wilborn P. Nobles III | The Times-Picayune

Sixty one percent of respondents in an online survey by the Louisiana Federation of Teachers said they would support a statewide walkout or strike in order to force lawmakers to approve pay increases. The survey results were released Monday (May 21) by the teachers union.

An LFT news release stated 3,832 teachers from 73 school districts in Louisiana responded to the “Louisiana Teacher Salary Satisfaction Survey,” which was provided between April 10 and May 7. Les Landon, spokesperson for the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, said Monday the survey was “promoted heavily” through social media and that it was not limited to LFT’s 20,000 union members.

The survey’s findings come as teachers across several states stage walkouts over school funding. The results show that 67 percent and 76 percent of respondents are willing to petition their local school board and lawmakers in Baton Rouge, respectively, to demand pay raises. When asked “Which of these steps are you willing to take to win significant pay raises,” 59 percent said they would do a “mass demonstration” at the state Capitol in Baton Rouge.

LFT Press Release

Lincoln Teachers get $2 Thousand Bonus for Summer School


Lincoln Parish teachers will receive a $2 thousand bonus in addition to their salary if they work all thirty school days in the upcoming Enhanced School Calendar program that is set to kick off June 11 and run through July 27.

Additionally, the teachers will be given 2 additional days of sick leave (from 10 to 12), if they complete the program.

Adoption of the program’s spending plan is on the agenda for tomorrow night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB). Total cost is estimated at about $748 thousand.

See here the agenda and related memos.

The meeting is set for 6:00 PM, Tuesday, May 1 at the Central Office, 410 South Farmerville Street.

Why Judges Say they Need More of your Tax Dollars


Louisiana Supreme Court chief justice calls for increased judiciary funding; Here’s how its budget serves communities


Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson pushed increased judiciary funding to state legislators Monday, just days after the House stalled the judiciary’s budget bill.

Johnson, giving the annual state of the judiciary address, before a joint meeting of the Legislature, called for support of the judiciary’s proposed $180 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

She said the budget helps cover discretionary programs that bolster communities and reduce incarceration and recidivism rates. While funds for judicial salaries and retirement benefits are mandated by law, funds for these programs are not and suffer from cuts, she said.

But then there is this annual recurring meeting…

LSBA 77th Annual Meeting and LJC/LSBA Joint Summer School

Welcome to the Louisiana State Bar Association’s 77th Annual Meeting and the LJC/LSBA Joint Summer School: “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes.”

This year’s Jimmy Buffett-themed conference will be returning to the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in sunny Destin, Florida- allowing participants to enjoy six days of substantive programming, exciting social events and fascinating speakers in a relaxed setting.

New This Year: With a great new theme, comes a great new poolside party! Come enjoy a cheeseburger in paradise at the “Back to the Bay” Wednesday night reception. The child-friendly event will feature a delicious buffet dinner and a live Jimmy Buffett cover band, held at the beautiful Bayside Pool Deck.

RHS Football Hi-tech Scoreboard This Summer


Come the middle of this summer, The Ruston High School Football program will have a flashy new scoreboard at James Field, it was told at yesterday’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board.

Shreveport Neon Signs was the winning bidder for the project at $395 thousand. More than half the cost will be funded by donations raised among the school’s boosters, with the balance coming from the district’s capital projects budget.

RHS Principal Ricky Durrett said there is a program already in place for students to operate the system.

“It’ll be part of a class. You have about fifteen kids that’ll be in there, and they’ll operate the cameras that run it, and operate the actual digital board, do replays, and put up advertisements during the game,” said Durrett.

During the comments section of the meeting, District Superintendent Mike Milstead said the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Center project will get underway within the next two to three months, and is expected to be ready for the Fall, 2019 school term. A director will be named soon, he added.

District 1 board member Susan Wiley had some remarks about the recent Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) state conference in Lafayette that she attended as a chaperone.

Said Wyly, “Our students performed very well – they were awesome. All of schools had so many winners in so many events – first, second, and third place winners will go on to nationals in Boston this summer.”

She added, “As a parent, FBLA is so positive for students, no matter what they plan to pursue or major in.”

Lincoln Parish School Board Meets Tomorrow


The Lincoln Parish School Board will meet Tuesday, April 3, 10:30 AM, Ruston Junior High, 481 Tarbutton Road.

Here’s the agenda.

Two Principals Recommend for Local Elementary Schools


The Interim Principals at two Lincoln Parish Elementary Schools – Ruston Elementary and Cypress Springs Elementary – have been recommended for two year contract appointments.

Amanda Brown at Ruston, and Mary Kilgore at Cypress Springs will be appointed effective 7/1/18, according to the personnel report issued for the upcoming 4/3/18 meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board.

See here the report.

At the board’s March meeting, the positions were advertised and interviews scheduled.