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A tale of two schools

The middle school teacher said her students do not have assigned seating and spend most of their time working in groups. Kelly said in some classes, the students are never at their desks, but either lying on the floor or drawing on the wall as they work on projects.

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Ensuring schools make the grade

Today, the Ruston Daily Leader launches a weeklong series of stories targeting the Lincoln Parish school system. Reporter Laura Bond delved deeply into the schools, scores, funding, challenges and opinions that make up the complex system put in place to educate our children.
At most recent count, there are 6,699 students enrolled in the Lincoln Parish School System. It has 965 full-time employees, and more than half of the property taxes in the parish are dedicated to funding our public schools.

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Time to turn ideas into real change

About six people, myself included, joined the event organizers at the Enterprise Center on a rainy evening for the public forum-turned-fireside chat. The scope of the meeting, moderated by Tech’s Technology Business Development Center Director Kathy Wyatt, ranged from personal efforts to go green to possible legislative action to encourage energy conservation.
The crowd was as varied as the subject matter — a handful of Tech students joined two Downsville residents who are in the process of creating an off-the-grid green park and village.

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Techsters bump Hawaii

Echoing the same sentiments was Long’s successor.
“Coach Long did a tremendous job with these young ladies and they won this one for him,” said Weatherspoon. “This game meant a lot to these players because of what he had taught them and how he had prepared them this year. I thought they handled themselves very well.”
So did Weatherspoon during an emotional week that took her from being an associate head coach to the interim head coaching position after Long had his duties of just over three years terminated by Tech officials on Monday afternoon.

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Aldredge guides Creek to win

As the fourth quarter started, Grambling held a 25-24 lead, thanks to a five-foot jumper from Bathsheba McMahon with 35 seconds left to go in the previous period.
But in the first four minutes of the last quarter, Aldredge scored four of her team’s six points to ignite the No. 13 state ranked Lady Cougars to a lead that they would hold for the remainder of the game.
Best known for her record-setting skills in the javelin — she was one of the nation’s Top Ten ranked female prepsters in 2008 — Aldredge led all rebounders with 13 to go with 10 points, five steals and two assists.

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Tagging no pretty picture

While the recent attacks spotlighted the problem, there is nothing new about graffiti tagging, even in Ruston.
Graffiti has existed since ancient times, with examples going back to ancient Greece and the Roman Empire and can range from simple scratch marks to elaborate wall paintings. Spray paint and permanent markers have become the most commonly used materials in modern-day graffiti tagging.
In most countries, defacing property with graffiti without the property owner’s consent is considered vandalism, which is punishable by law.

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Project helps protect city against fires

RFD already has acquired more than 1,000 smoke detectors to distribute for free to local residents who are without one in their homes. It is estimated that between 2,000 and 3,000 homes in Lincoln Parish lack a working smoke detector.

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What’s in a number?

Schools’ scores vary greatly within the parish, from a high of 138.6 at A.E. Phillips to a low of 76.8 at I.A. Lewis for 2008. Some debate whether this is due to the quality of the school or the population of students it serves. Some schools have a much larger percentage of poverty students than others, and many argue this group of students is at a disadvantage in the standardized testing used to determine the scores.

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Lady Techsters trip Nevada

After the second league win in the past three days was achieved in front of 1,720 fans, Tech assured itself of no lower than a fourth place slot as the next-to-last week of the regular campaign winds down for the conference.
That’s one notch above where the Techsters were situated before stopping Hawaii 68-56 on Friday night, when Weatherspoon made her debut as the interim head coach, and then taking care of a talented Nevada club which had beaten Tech 64-57 earlier in Reno.

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Police raid may expedite city solution

As the latest step in the struggle to bring Grambling back to a functional municipality was taking place, the mayor was making moves of her own.
She informed city police chief Tommy Clark of his termination via a letter slipped under his office door Friday. As the council hastily called an emergency meeting to reinstate Clark, state police investigators were collecting evidence.
Grambling residents continue to be dissatisfied with their elected leaders, and the whole community is ready for a resolution to the ongoing battle for governmental control.

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