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LPSB to present ‘State of District’ report

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Lincoln Parish residents will have a chance to learn more about the Lincoln Parish School District when Superintendent Danny Bell presents the first “State of the District” report.

The event, slated for noon Tuesday at the Historic Ruston Fire House, is to be the first report in collaboration with the city master plan Ruston 21 initiative.

Rusty Woodard, co-chair with Jo Ann Dauzat of the Ruston 21 Education Committee, said the event was something suggested by the Ruston 21 Committee.

“The reason for the recommendation was that all of the (School Performance Scores and individual test score) results are all very metric or number oriented as with other school districts in the state,” Woodard said. “What Ruston 21 recommended — and what I’m really glad the school board has adopted — is a plan to have a public meeting and let the public know how Lincoln Parish stands in relation to other districts in the state as far as test results and School Performance Scores.”

But, Woodard said that’s only half of what Tuesday’s meeting will be about.

“The second purpose is for the superintendent to talk to the community about what the superintendent and the school system need us in the general public to do,” Woodard said. “Unless the community totally supports our school system, it would be unfair for us to say we want the best system in the state but that we’re not willing to do what we need to do to help them to get there.”

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