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More on School Board Meeting


At the Tuesday meeting, the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) heard from Chief Academic Officer Lisa Bastion with a report on the 2015-2016 academic year’s School Performance Scores (SPS).

Bastion said that parish-wide, the combined SPS moved up slightly, from 95.5 to 96, and the letter grade remained B.

Among the schools that gained were Dubach (66.4 to 77.7), Choudrant High School (113.2 to 114.1), and Ruston High School (100.3 to 107.3).

Several schools, however, declined. Among them, I. A. Lewis (95.6 to 80.8), Ruston Elementary (72.6 to 66.6), and Ruston Junior High (91.6 to 86.3)

See here the complete SPS breakdown.

Asked by District 7’s Trott Hunt what was planned to remedy the problem school’s scores, Bastion said the schools would become “targeted” for additional resources.

Said Bastion, “We have met with Ruston Elementary. We’ve actually broken out 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. We’re looking at revamping schedules. We have an interventionist helping.”

In other business the board heard from Business Manager George Murphy, who warned the board that sales tax collections had declined significantly, compared to the same time period last year.

Murphy said for the first five months of the 2016-2017 fiscal year, collections were $2.9 million less than the same period the year before.

See here the November sales tax report.

School Tax Vote Set for Next April


A Saturday, April 29, 2017 election was set at last night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) for voters to consider whether or not to re-impose three property taxes parish-wide for Lincoln schools.

Two of the millages are for 4.94 mils, and the other is for 8.98. Total collections are estimated at about $8 million. They are set to expire in 2018 and 2019.

The purpose of the taxes are:

4.94 mils “for the purpose of constructing, equipping and/or improving school buildings in the District or for the maintenance thereof.”

4.94 mils “for the purpose of giving additional support for operation of public schools in the District.”

8.98 mils “for the purpose of giving additional support to public elementary and secondary schools, more specifically as follows:(i) 5O% for paying salaries and benefits of teachers and other employees of the Lincoln Parish School Board, and (ii) 5O% for paying retirees single coverage health insurance premiums, paying for computer technology equipment, software, maintenance and training, cost of mandated summer school program, and for operating, improving and maintaining school buildings, facilities, vehicles and equipment.”

See here the resolution.

Lincoln Parish School Board Tomorrow


The Lincoln Parish School Board will meet Tuesday, December 6, 6:00 PM, Central Office, 410 South Farmerville Street.

Here is the agenda.

School Performance Scores Released



See here the complete statewide list.

SPS: School Performance Scores

“Unitary Status” for Lincoln Schools in Sight


Lincoln Parish Schools should be free of Federal oversight within the next few months, Superintendent Mike Milstead told the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) at last night’s meeting.

Later this month a U. S. Department of Justice representative will do a “walk through,” after which the final documentation will be submitted.

Said Mistead, “We want to this time next year have it as a non-issue, and then we can make some decisions for Lincoln Parish Schools.”

The district has been under court supervision for decades as to student racial makeup. The original desegregation suite, Copeland v Lincoln Parish Schools, was filed in 1966.

In other business, the board approved a resolution calling a public hearing at the December 6 board meeting to hear comments regarding a proposed April 29, 2017 tax election. Three parish-wide property taxes totaling nearly 20 mils are expiring, and the board will propose that they be re-imposed.

Business Manager George Murphy reported that October sales tax collections declined compared to the same period last year.

A. E. Phillips, Feds Reach Settlement


Federal court orders desegregation of Lincoln Parish public school

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A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the desegregation of public school in Lincoln Parish through a settlement agreement with Louisiana Tech University.

The agreement reduces enrollment barriers and further desegregates A.E. Phillips Laboratory School, a K-8 public school operated by Louisiana Tech on its campus in Lincoln Parish, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

A.E. Phillips, which opened in approximately 1910 as a segregated school serving only white students, was first ordered to desegregate in 1984. Following an investigation the Justice Department concluded, and Louisiana Tech agreed, that more work is needed to open up A.E. Phillips’ educational program to all students of Lincoln Parish.

As a laboratory school, A.E. Phillips is known for its strong academic programs and teaching, and serves as a resource for Louisiana Tech’s College of Education to train future teachers and apply innovative education techniques.

The University of Louisiana System, the Louisiana Board of Regents, the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Louisiana State Superintendent of Education are also parties to the settlement agreement. Under the consent order, Louisiana Tech and A.E. Phillips will do the following:

increase the percentage of black student enrollment so that the percentage of black students enrolled at A.E. Phillips reflects the percentage of black students in grades K-8 enrolled in Lincoln Parish School Board’s schools by the 2020 through 2021 school year;
take steps to expand A.E. Phillips’ existing facilities to two classrooms per grade level to accommodate additional black student enrollment;
develop a comprehensive plan to recruit black students for incoming kindergarten classes and for available vacancies in other grade levels;
offer full and partial tuition scholarships to admitted black students who are eligible for free and reduced price student meals under the federal guidelines;
offer free and reduced price meals to admitted black students who meet the federal requirements for assistance; and
take affirmative measures to recruit black candidates for administrator, teacher, certified staff and other staff vacancies at the school.

“We commend the Louisiana Tech community for its firm commitment to make the promise of equal access to education a reality for all children, regardless of the color of their skin,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “Our consent order establishes long overdue protections critical to increasing the enrollment of – and support for – black students at A.E. Phillips.”

“All students should have a quality education and should not be barred from any school that provides them that education,” said U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley of the Western District of Louisiana. “This consent order will have an important and lasting impact for all the students in the Lincoln Parish community. The children of Louisiana should always be the focus. We look forward to continuing to work with Louisiana Tech, A.E. Phillips and the state education agencies to ensure that the order is successfully implemented.”

The order dismisses the court’s supervision of the desegregation of A.E. Phillips in the areas of transportation and extracurricular activities. Upon full implementation of the consent order, Louisiana Tech and the state education agencies may seek the court’s approval to dismiss the desegregation case against A.E. Phillips.

Lincoln Parish School Board Tuesday


The Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) will meet Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 6:00 PM, Central Office, 410 South Farmerville Street.

Here is the agenda.

$3.8 Million for new Central Office on Lincoln Sch Bd Wish List


Now that tens of millions of taxpayer dollars have been poured into upgrades of Lincoln Parish school buildings over the past few years, it was only a matter of time before construction of a shiny new Central Office building got put on the district’s capital outlay plan.

According to a plan approved at yesterday’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB), $3.8 will be budgeted in 2021 for just that purpose. The budget price doesn’t include any land purchase.

See here the plan.

Superintendent Mike Milstead said that the existing building was built in the 1950’s, and that it wasn’t feasible to keep spending money on upkeep of a building that old.

No location has been decided upon, Milstead said.

“I’ve been in conversation already with the mayor, with the police jury about properties, and how we can do that as I’ve explained to you (board members) in our individual conversations,” he said.

In other money matters, the decline in sales tax revenues continues, according to Business Manager George Murphy.

See here the September sales tax report.

The board also adopted the recommendations for the employee health plan.

See here the memo.

Lincoln School Board Meets Tuesday


The Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) will meet Tuesday, October 4 in their regular monthly meeting. However, as is the custom a couple of times a year, the meeting will be at a local school, rather than the central office.

The 10:30 AM meeting is in the Hawk Room, Hillcrest Elementary, 301 East Kentucky. At 10:15, the Building & Grounds Committee will meet.

Here are the agendas.

Of interest is a recommendation for changes in the district’s health plan for employees. For 2017, the suggested changes are:

1. Implementation of a wellness plan.
2. Increase in therapy visits.
3. Drug copay increase.
4. Increase in medical deductible.

See here the memo.

Shadoin: “There’s not enough money to go around”


Voicing a lament common from governments at all levels since time immemorial, Louisiana State Representative Rob Shadoin (District 12) told last night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB), “There’s not enough money to go around folks, and I know there’s some candidates that are spewing ‘well we don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.’ I disagree with that.”

He also decried the partisan atmosphere in Baton Rouge thus: “I saw early, early, the breaking out of certain people in both parties that seem to be more loyal and pledged allegiance to an ideology of a political party rather than Louisiana first.”

The legislature last spring enacted several new taxes, over the objection of the more conservative house members.

Shadoin voted mostly for the taxes, he said, because the alternative cuts would have been too drastic. He seemed also to be disillusioned with the process, saying “I think we age in dog years down there. I wanted to come home.”

Next year’s session would be tough, Shadoin said, because the new taxes have a sunset provision and will have to re-voted again in the future.

Also at the meeting was Rep. Patrick Jefferson (District 11) who indicated that he would have voted for even more taxes.

Said Jefferson, “Many people said that we took several tough votes this past session. Well, you can repeat this, I didn’t take one tough vote.”

Shadoin and Jefferson were on the agenda to give a legislative update.

In school board business, the board voted to unanimously adopt the proposed 2016-2017 budget. In response to a question from this reporter, Business Manager George Murphy said that about 75 to 80 percent of the $80 million yearly is spent on payroll.

Assistant Superintendent Mary Null reported on the opening of school, and noted that total enrollment is right at 6 thousand students. That represents a decrease of almost 400 students that are now attending Grambling Laboratory Charter School.

The decrease in students will result in a decrease in Minimum Foundation Plan (MFP) funding from the State of Louisiana.