Grambling State University President Willie Larkin asked students, teachers, staff and alumni to work together in the face of a projected $2.5 million budget cut this year.
In front of more than 400 people in a town hall meeting Thursday at the Betty E. Smith School of Nursing Auditorium Larkin and GSU’s Vice President of Finance and Administration Leon Sanders addressed the crowd on what will happen if the state does not find a solution to it’s more than $850 million shortfall.
In celebration of the 12th annual Inclusive Schools Week, on Wednesday, the Louisiana Department of Education announced monetary awards for schools serving students with disabilities and those earning the Top Gains label for the 2011-12 school year.
Sixteen districts or charter organizations, representing 85 schools, will benefit from grants as part of the Department’s Believe and Include initiative. In Lincoln Parish, Glen View Elementary, Hillcrest Elementary, Cypress Springs Elementary, Ruston Elementary and I.A. Lewis schools are all set to receive these grants.
A Lincoln Parish school bus was found completely burned this morning at the Ruston Junior High transportation center.
According to reports, employees found the bus rolled slightly from its upright position and completely charred from the fire that apparently happened sometime during the night.
“It’s not suspicious, but due to the location we are investigating all angles,” stated Eric Brazzel, Ruston Fire Department Public Education Officer. “It was an older bus with a lot of wear. It wasn’t in use and was actually going to auction in the near future. Theses things happen.”