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Concerning Glenview Elementary, Ruston Elementary, Cypress Springs Elementary, and Hillcrest Elementary.
See here the document.
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
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.
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.
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.
Recommendations will be made for principal positions at several Lincoln Parish schools at next Tuesday’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB).
Choudrant High School – Tony Antley
Dubach School – Pam Pruden
Glenn View Elementary – Jana Comstock
I. A. Lewis – John Young
Ruston Elementary – Amy Brister
Ruston Junior High – Daryl Savage
Simsboro School – Rusty Farrar
See here the memo.
The vacancies came about after a significant reshuffling of key personnel last month.
Other personnel actions can be seen in this memo.
The board meeting will begin at 6:00 PM, Central Office, 410 South Farmerville Street.
Here is the agenda.
At 5:15 PM, there will be a meeting of the Building and Grounds Committee.
Here is the agenda.
Anyone who has paid the least bit of attention to tax proposals and government spending the past few decades is familiar with the tactic of declaring that education funding is untouchable.
“It’s for the the children,” the refrain goes.
We suggest this is but a political tactic similar to the use children as “human shields” in military strategy. Non-combatants are placed in or around combat targets to deter attacks on these targets.
Education bureaucrats, with their fat salaries, taxpayer funded retirements, and gold-plated medical plans, don’t make good advocates for more taxes. Legislators can dis them with impunity and go back to their taxpaying constituents and brag about it.
But students – now there’s a sympathetic group.
We accuse the Education Establishment of taking advantage of the very people they claim to advocate for, and using them for props in an effort to protect their own jobs.
We hope the legislature doesn’t take the bait.
From Lincoln School’s ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol’s comments:
Ruston High School seniors Austin Meng, son of Dave and June Meng, and Nicholas Ruff, son of Michael and Sonya Ruff, have been announced as two of the approximately 15,000 Finalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Austin has maintained a 4.0 GPA and scored a 35 on the ACT. A member of the three-time state championship RHS Swim Team, he has been inducted into the National Honor Society and serves as a Bearcat Mentor. Austin is the pianist for the Barnett Springs Baptist Church, is a fundraiser for Relay for Life and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and has participated in Operation Christmas Shoebox and Nicaragua Feeding Stations. Recently named the Rotary Student of the Month, he has been named the State Literary rally overall winner in both Algebra II and Geometry and won state titles in both the 400 Free Relay and 200 Free Relay during the LHSAA Division II boys state swimming championships. Although he has been accepted at Rice, Austin is still undecided about where he will attend college but plans to study the sciences or engineering and is still considering Louisiana Tech, Georgia Tech, and Stanford universities.
Nick, our second awardee, has earned a 4.0 GPA as well and scored a 32 on his ACT. Inducted into the National Honor Society, he is a four-year member of both the reigning state championship RHS swim team and the Bearcat Band where he currently serves as Band Staff Manager. A member of First Baptist Church in Ruston and its Youth Group, Nick also serves at Rolling Hills and is a volunteer swim coach. The proud recipient of three consecutive LHSAA Division II Boys state swimming championship rings, he is a nominee and participant in Louisiana Boys State and has also been named Rotary Student of the Month for this year. Nick will be attending Louisiana Tech University this fall to study engineering.
Board President Otha Anders (District 10) put it best when he said, “I want to tag you with ‘Academic Champions.’ That means a lot to me because of all of my years in education.”
Also recognized last night was Louisiana Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist, Ruston High School (RHS) biology teacher April Winstead.
The board unanimously approved a two-year contract with Mike Milstead as Lincoln School District Superintendent. His pay will be $132,132/yr, with a car allowance.
Commenting on the interview and selection process, Milstead said, “I think that the constituents of Lincoln Parish need to understand that this board represented them very well throughout that whole process. And it was a grueling process.”
During reports, Business Manager George Murphy said that a recommendation for an extra bonus check would be made at the May meeting. Sales tax collections have been significantly higher than what was budgeted, and will allow for the so-called “15th check,” over and above the customary 13th and 14th checks.
See here the financial reports:
A significant agenda item is up for consideration at the Tuesday, April 7 meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) – a provision for personnel changes in several principal slots and staff positions that are set to occur with the appointment of a new superintendent.
Item 10.1 under new business reads thus:
Timeline to advertise and interview for Principals of Choudrant High, Dubach School, Glen View Elementary, I. A. Lewis, Ruston Elementary, Ruston Junior High, Simsboro Schoo and any other positions that may become vacant due to filling the above.
The “above” referred to is the formal appointment of Chief Academic Officer Mike Milstead as District Superintendent.
The changes are noted in the personnel report as follows:
Choudrant High Principal Lisa Bastion will move to the Chief Academic Officer position.
Doris Lewis will move from Title 1 Facilitator to the newly created position of Human Resources Director.
I. A. Lewis Principal Shavonne Price will become Title 1 Facilitator.
Glenn View Principal Lisa Mangum will move to the new position of Reading Recovery Coach.
Ruston Jr. High Principal Tim Nutt will take over for the retiring Ronny Volentine as Child Welfare and Attendance/Hearing Officer.
The meeting begins at 6:00 PM at the Central Office, 410 South Farmerville Street.
Here is the agenda.
The unthinkable has finally happened.
Friday, The Ruston Daily Leader printed an opinion piece actually critical of something that a government agency has done. Normally, the RDL is but a cheerleader for government, defending every action and every tax from the sheriff, the school board, the City of Ruston, and so on.
You know way more about the garden at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center than how many taxpayer dollars it takes to operate the facility, if you read the RDL.
Specifically, April Kelly has called into question the wisdom of District Attorney John Belton’s plan to set up speed traps in Lincoln Parish to help collect revenue to operate his office.
In her opinion piece titled “Speed trap or money trap?” Kelly concluded:
It is definitely a cause for concern when issuing tickets becomes more about financial gain than public safety.
See the article here.