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Chamber endorses school millage

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Last week I was speaking with a person at a chamber of commerce event when the conversation turned to the school board millage extension election on Saturday. This nice lady was a Ruston High School alumna. She asked me why the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce was endorsing the millage extension election.

Well, over the years Ruston High School has had face-lifts. She is a grand old building and serves most current needs quite well. However, there are times this stately building just isn’t large enough to accommodate all the students and stated simply, there are not sufficient classrooms.

Ruston High has some excellent programs. The STEM program, the nationally acclaimed FFA/Agricultural program and the New Tech @ Ruston High program are serving our educational needs above all expectations. But these excellent educational programs come with a cost… not only dollars to run the programs, but additional class space is needed.

The extension of the millage that I am asking you to vote for will help alleviate a shortage of classroom space. As future classes of New Tech students grow to include sophomores, juniors and seniors … there simply is no place for these students to work at Ruston High School. The FFA – Ag program desperately needs additional space to meet safety needs as well as just having enough space to complete the tasks assigned. Thus a vote for the extension will enable the Ruston School District to construct a new home for the Ag Department within the Ruston High School borders.

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