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Milstead: We’re excited to close this

The Lincoln Parish School Board soon may see an end to a decades old desegregation case.

Information about the case could possibly reach the media within the next few weeks, parish schools Superintendent Mike Milstead said Tuesday.

Milstead’s comments came after the school board spent 30 minutes in executive session discussing the information.

“We’re excited to be closing this out soon,” Milstead said.

The parish school system has been under court orders since the 1960s when schools were order to desegregate.

A Department of Justice Report in 2011 stated the Ruston district elementary schools were racially identifiable.

As a result, the board was forced to redistrict all four Ruston elementary schools effective for the 2013-14 school year.

The School Board decided to redistrict to want to take responsibility of Grambling State University and Louisiana Tech University’s lab schools to receive unitary status in 2011.

However, the elementary schools were the only thing standing in the way of this status.

Achieving unitary status means that the school would no longer be required to make yearly reports on the status of desegregation.

Milstead did not comment on whether the board went into executive session over the unitary status at Tuesday’s board meeting.

In other business:

• The board accepted a bid of $125,000 submitted by Triad Builders, Inc., and awarded them the contract for the Tiger Drive Drainage Project at Simsboro School.

Transportation Coordinator James Payton said the plans are to build a new parking lot across from the school.

New drains must be built in order to solve the drainage issues, cause by outdated drains, where the parking lot will be built.

• The board also approved the payment salary supplements on June 24 in the amounts of $5,325 to certificated personnel and $2,663 to support personnel.

Business Manager George Murphy said sales tax collections have increased significantly during the fiscal year through April.

Murphy said he does not anticipate that this increase will continue to be sustained.

However, funds are available to increase the upcoming salary supplement from last year by more than 5 percent.

• Finally, the board approved a change order that increases contract times for Ruston Elementary’s construction project to 48 days and Hillcrest Elementary’s and I.A. Lewis’ construction projects by 41 days and a reduction of $3,500 to the total contract price.

Payton said the projects took seven days longer than anticipated and the contract states each day the project is late, a $500 fee will be deducted from the cost of the project.
Milstead said there were conversations with the contractor about the issues and that the contractor understands.

“We wanted to let them know we want to get these projects finished,” he said.

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