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.