Lincoln Parish teachers did so well on the 2012-13 Compass evaluations that school board members are going to have to re-evaluate the reward payment system that was approved in December 2012 because the cost was more than double what was initially expected.
Last year, the state passed a statute saying that teacher salary increases would be tied to their performance on these Compass evaluations.
Paula Pardue, secondary academic coordinator for the parish, explained that original projections from the state said teacher evaluations should produce a Bell curve.
The Lincoln Parish School Board held a special meeting Thursday to approve the assignment of an oil, gas and mineral lease.
The resolution authorizes the Louisiana State Mineral and Energy board to act on behalf of the LPSB to accept nominations, advertise for and accept an award bid and execute oil, gas and mineral leases, George Murphy, chief financial officer and business manager, said.
Conservation both through public awareness efforts and the construction of a water recycling plant has helped the Sparta Aquifer reach sustainable levels in Louisiana after decades of overuse.
Now officials throughout north Louisiana are thinking proactively to reduce consumption even more to allow the Sparta to begin recharging its water supply.
In a recently released report, USGS data showed that as of 2014, approximately 54.9 million gallons of water — a sustainable level — were being pumped out of the Sparta daily in north Louisiana. That compares to 71.3 million gallons in 1995.