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Today’s Government & School Closings



Organization Status
Arco Closed Thursday
Glenwood Cardiac Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center Closed Thursday: Ribbon cutting ceremony and Open House Canceled
House of Raeford Closed Thursday: Wednesday night shift/Thursday day shift canceled
West Ouachita Senior center and transit Closed Thursday
Bayou Gymnastics PreSchool Closed Thursday
Excelsior Academy Daycare Closed Thursday
Family Community Christian Daycare Closed Thursday
Jelly Bean Junction Daycare Closed Thursday
Mom’s Helper Daycare – Farmerville Closed Thursday
New Vision Child Development Center Closed Thursday
Saint Paul Day School MDO Closed Thursday
4th District Courts Closed Thursday
Monroe City Court Closed Thursday
Monroe City Offices Closed Thursday
Monroe City Transit Closed Thursday
Ouachita Parish Public Libraries Opening Late 1:00PM on Thursday
Ouachita Parish Public Libraries Opening Late 1:00PM on Thursday
State Offices Closed Thursday: Catahoula, Jackson, Lasalle, West Carroll
Beekman Charter School Closed Thursday
Caldwell Parish Schools Closed Thursday
Career Technical College Closed Thursday
Career Technical College Closed Thursday
Catahoula Parish Schools Closed Thursday
Cedar Creek School Closed Thursday
Celebrity Barber School Closed Thursday
Celebrity Stylist Beauty School Closed Thursday
Children’s Coalition Early Headstart Closed Thursday
College Prep Preschool & Daycare Closed Thursday
Cornerstone Christian Academy Closed Thursday
DArbonne Woods Charter School Closed Thursday
Delhi Charter School Closed Thursday
Delta Charter School Closed Thursday
Delta Head start Closed Thursday: Richland Parish, East Carroll Parish, Madison Parish
Downsville Charter School Closed Thursday
Early Head Start Closed Thursday: Richland Parish, East Carroll Parish, Madison Parish
East Carroll Parish Schools Closed Thursday
Family Community Christian School Closed Thursday
First Assembly Learning Center Closed Thursday
First Baptist Church – Delhi Preschool Closed Thursday
First West Wee School and MDO Closed Thursday
Franklin Academy Closed Thursday
Franklin Parish Schools Closed Thursday
Grace Episcopal School Closed Thursday
Jackson Parish Schools Closed Thursday
Jelly Bean Junction Preschool Closed Thursday
Jesus Good Shepherd Closed Thursday
La Delta Community College Closed Thursday: Re-open Friday for employees only
LaSalle Parish Schools Closed Thursday: Schools and Central Office will be closed.
Learning Tech/Quest School Closed Thursday
Lincoln Headstart Closed Thursday
Lincoln Parish Schools Closed Thursday
Madison Parish Schools Closed Thursday
Monroe City Schools Closed Thursday
Morehouse Parish Schools Closed Thursday
New Vision Learning Academy Closed Thursday
Northeast Baptist School Closed Thursday
OMCAP Headstart Closed Thursday: Central Offices Also closed
Ouachita Christian School Closed Thursday
Ouachita Parish Schools Closed Thursday
Our Lady of Fatima School Closed Thursday
Richland Parish Schools Closed Thursday
St. Frederick High School Closed Thursday
Tallulah Charter School Closed Thursday
Tensas Parish Head Start Closed Thursday
Tensas Parish Schools Closed Thursday
Union Christian Academy Closed Thursday
Union Headstart Closed Thursday
Union Parish Schools Closed Thursday
Unitech Training Academy Closed Thursday
Vison Academy Charter School Closed Thursday
West Carroll Parish Schools Closed Thursday

Lincoln School System Superintendent Applicants


See here the list as compiled from applications and resumes submitted as of close of business, Friday, 2/27/15.


Lincoln School Superintendent Applications Held Open


The application deadline for Superintendent of the Lincoln Parish School District will be held open until 4:30 PM today, Friday, February 27, Lincoln Parish News Online was told this morning.

As the Central Office was closed for most of the week because of the weather, it was decided that the deadline should be extended from the original Wednesday, February 25, 4:30 PM deadline.

Lincoln Schools Closed Thursday



Lincoln and Union Headstart Closed Thursday
Lincoln Parish Schools Closed Thursday

Deadheads Get Snow Day; Tax Slaves Get to Work


Winter Weather Closings for Monday, February 23 – KTVE-TV10

-Lincoln Parish Public Schools: Closed Monday
-Cedar Creek School: Closed Monday
-All Louisiana Tech University campuses, including Tech-Barksdale and the Shreveport Center: Closed Monday
-Grambling State University: Closed Monday
-Louisiana Delta Community College (All Campuses): Closed Monday
-Grambling Laboratory School K-12: Closed Monday
-Union Parish Public Schools: Closed Monday
-Union Christian Academy: Closed Monday
-D’Arbonne Woods Charter School: Closed Monday
-Downsville Charter School: Closed Monday
-Mom’s Helper Daycare in Farmerville: Closed Monday
-Ouachita Christian School: Closed Monday
-Jackson Parish Schools: Closed Monday
-Jackson Parish Public Libraries: Closed Monday
-Jackson Parish Courthouse: Closed Monday
-Jackson Parish Police Jury: Closed Monday
-University of Louisiana Monroe (All Campuses): Closed Monday
-Montessori School of Ruston: Closed Monday
-Our Lady of Fatima School: Closed Monday
-Jesus The Good Shepherd: Closed Monday
-St. Frederick’s High School: Closed Monday
-Ouachita Parish Schools: Closed Monday
-Richland Parish Schools: Closed Monday
-Claiborne Parish Schools: Closed Monday
-Monroe City Schools: Closed Monday
-Delhi Charter School: Closed Monday
-Claiborne Christian School and K-4: Closed Monday
-Franklin Academy: Closed Monday
-West Carroll Parish Schools: Closed Monday
-Grace Episcopal School: Closed Monday
-Learning Tech Quest School (Full School & After School Programs): Closed Monday
-Franklin Parish Schools: Closed Monday
-All OMCAP Head Start: Closed Monday
-Bayou Gymnastic Pre-School: Closed Monday
-Unitech Training Academy: Closed Monday
-Riverfield Academy (Rayville): Closed Monday
-Vision Academy High School (Monroe): Closed Monday
-Delta Head Start & Early Head Start in Madison/East Carroll & Richland Parishes: Closed Monday
-YMCA After School Programs: Closed Monday
-Ouachita Council of Aging: Closed Monday
-Prevailing Faith Christian Academy: Closed Monday
-Beekman Charter School Teacher In-Services: Closed Monday
-Happy Days Development and Learning Center (West Monroe): Closed Monday
-Briarfield Academy: Closed Monday
-St Francis Pediatric Neurology (Dr. Pina’s Office): Closed Monday
-New Vision Learning Academy (Monroe): Closed Monday
-Missy Crain Dance Studios: Closed Monday
-College Prep Daycare and Preschool (West Monroe): Closed Monday
-Mini Scholars Daycare (West Monroe): Closed Monday
-Anna’s Lollipop Lane Daycare (Bastrop): Closed Monday
-Playhowse Learning Center (Sterlington and Playhowse -Farmerville): Closed Monday
-Debbie’s School of Dance: Closed Monday
-New Vision Child Development Center: Closed Monday
-First Assembly Learning Center Daycare (West Monroe): Closed Monday
-Happy Tails Daycare (Monroe): Closed Monday
-Monroe City Court: Closed Monday
-Delta Charter School (Ferriday): Closed Monday
-Arthritis & Diabetes Clinic (Monroe): Closed Monday
-Liberty Stylist Beauty School (Monroe): Closed Monday
-Toonie Bugs Daycare (Calhoun): Closed Monday
-Fourth District Court: Closed Monday
-Ouachita Council On Aging/Meals On Wheels Deliveries: Closed Monday
-Jackson Parish Library: Closed Monday
-Covenant Day School (Monroe): Closed Monday
-Physical Therapy, Inc: Closed Monday
-Prairie View Academy (Bastrop): Closed Monday
-Wonderland Child Care & Development Center: Closed Monday
-NE Delta Human Services Authority Offices & Clinics: Closed Monday
-Excellent Daycare (Monroe): Closed Monday
-Arco of Community Resource: Closed Monday
-Wee Learner’s Daycare: Closed Monday
-Child’s Play II Daycare: Closed Monday
-Fairpark Baptist Church Daycare: Closed Monday
-Ouachita Parish Library (All Branches): Closed Monday
-Excellence Academy Charter School: Closed Monday
-First United Methodist Daycare, Monroe: Closed Monday
-Ouachita Parish Public Libraries (all branches): Closed Monday
-Oak Grove Town Hall Meet On Tues., Feb 24th postponed to March 3rd

Area School Closings Monday


According to KNOE-TV8

Jackson Parish Court House Closed Monday
Jackson Parish Police Jury Meeting Activity Canceled Monday
Potpourri Book Club – Monroe Activity Canceled Monday
Bethel Christian School Closed Monday
Cedar Creek School Closed Monday
Cornerstone Christian Academy – Jonesboro Closed Monday
DArbonne Woods Charter School Closed Monday
Downsville Charter School Closed Monday
Grambling Lab Schools (K-12) Closed Monday
Grambling State University Closed Monday
Jackson Parish Schools Closed Monday
La Delta Community College (All campuses) Closed Monday
Lincoln Headstart Closed Monday
Lincoln Parish Schools Closed Monday
Louisiana Tech University Closed Monday
Mom’s Helper Day Care – Farmerville Closed Monday
Montessori School of Ruston Closed Monday
New Living Word Closed Monday
Ouachita Christian School Closed Monday
Union Christian Academy Closed Monday
Union Headstart Closed Monday
Union Parish Schools Closed Monday
University of Louisiana at Monroe Closed Monday

Grambling Lab Schools to Apply for Charter Status


Grambling State University’s (GSU) three laboratory schools – Alma J. Brown Elementary, Grambling Middle Magnet, and Grambling High – intends to apply as a Type 2 Charter school, it was revealed at yesterday’s noontime meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB).

From the memo to the board:

On February 2, 2015 we received a Letter of Intent from the Grambling High Foundation. Inc. to submit a proposal to operate a Type 3 charter school in Lincoln Parish which would include the conversion of the Grambling State University Lab schools. Mr. Gordan Ford, President of the Foundation. has informed us that it is the desire of the Foundation to retain all current students at the Lab schools. including those from surrounding districts, and apply as a Type 2 charter. However, in order to do this, according to the District Charter Guide, the applicant must first be denied by the district and then appeal directly to BESE. After speaking with Mr. Ford. we feel that it is in best interest of all parties involved to not proceed in the charter application process as stated and decline to review the proposal.

The board unanimously voted to decline the type 3 application.

Interim GSU President Cynthia Warrick said last fall that the university didn’t have sufficient funding to keep the schools operating.

The high school’s 2014 performance score was a C, while the other two schools were a D.

In other business, the board approved calling a May 2, 2015 election for a Simsboro School District tax. The 2.99 millage would be for ten years and would replace an expiring tax.

See here the memo.

Auditor: School Board Unfunded Group Health Liability Over $120 Million


The subject of Unfunded Accrued Liability (UAL) – the gap between promised retiree benefits and what money will be available to pay – came out of the blue at last night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB), as Allen, Green & Williamson’s Amy Tynes presented the district’s annual financial report.

Tynes said that per new requirements of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), the audit must include an accounting of what is actually owed.

Said Tynes, “The GASB standards changed, and said OK, even though you offer these benefits to employees when they retire, we want to see what benefit in dollars are you actually offering.”

Tynes said the deficit in the group health fund, which is used to pay health benefits to present and future retirees, would grow to $121 million, if present trends continue. Also, she said, the funds that pay retirement benefits could be facing a similar situation, and that unfunded amount could be another $100 million or more.

“If it ever got to this point of the school system having to close their books, if you take your investments and you take all your buildings, and you sell them off, you’re not going to have enough money to cover all these promises, so to speak, that you’ve made to your employees in the school system,” Tynes said.

Tynes said this issue was facing many governmental agencies. However, she said, the accounting standards change help quantify the magnitude of the monetary shortfall, so that solutions can be explored.

See here the audit notes pertaining to the issue.

Several cities have gone bankrupt, partly because of generous retiree health and pension benefits. Detroit, MI, is but one the more infamous examples.

During the Building & Grounds Committee meeting, architect Mike Walpole reported on the ongoing projects throughout the district. He reported that almost all were on time and on budget.

Superintendent Danny Bell reviewed the five year capital expenditure plan for the district. He noted that while all the interested parties had input, the plan is subject to modification as circumstances dictate. The expenditures highlighted in yellow represent projects that are funded by recurring taxes, and those in green are for the Ruston District, funded by a bond issue passed a couple of years ago.

See here the plan.

January sales taxes collections were above projections, and Business Manager George Murphy said that year-to-date, collections were about $2 million (24%) above the same period last year.

See here the report.

Finally, several change orders for the construction projects were approved.

See here the memos.

Lincoln School Superintendent Applications to be Taken


The application process for Superintendent of the Lincoln Parish School District (LPSD) will be considered for approval at Tuesday night’s (2/3/15) meeting of the board, after which applications for the job will be received from Wednesday, 2/4 until Wednesday, 2/25. The new superintendent will be replacing Danny Bell, who is retiring after a forty year career in public education.

See here the agenda.

The proposed contract period is for two years, and will begin 7/1/2015. Compensation is $120 thousand/year and is negotiable. Interviews with the applicants will be conducted in mid-March, with a board vote on the new hire set for April 7.

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Among the reports to be heard by the board are the personnel report and the district’s yearly audit by Allen, Green & Williamson.

Prior to the 6 PM full board meeting (Central Office, 410 South Farmerville St.), the building & grounds committee will meet at 5:15 PM to review the district’s capital outlay plan and hear updates on the projects now underway.

Here is the agenda.

Lincoln School Board Employees Fired for Timecard Abuse


In a just-released audit of the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB), it was revealed that two employees of the board were terminated for punching each others time cards. The case was referred to the Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Attorney’s Office.

See here the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s (LLA) 1/26/15 press release:

Two employees of the Lincoln Parish School Board have been fired for “clocking in and out for each other,” according to an audit released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera.

The names of the two former employees were not given in a management letter included in the report.

The audit was performed by the Monroe accounting firm of Allen, Green and Williamson, LLP, for the school board’s fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014. Auditors said the finding resulted from the school board’s internal review of employee timecards.

Once aware of the practice, the report for the state auditor said, the school board fired the two and notified its contract auditor, the Legislative Auditor’s office and the district attorney’s office.

The report did not say how long the two engaged in the practice, how many hours they clocked in for one another or how much the practice may have cost the school board.

In their response to the findings, school board officials said they will “continue to monitor” internal controls to make sure they are adequate “and we will make changes when necessary.”

See here Allen, Green & Williamson’s complete audit:



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