More than a week after New Living Word School in Ruston received word that it was approved by the state to accept 315 students as part of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s scholarship program, Lincoln Parish’s school board is preparing for what a lack of students may bring to its system.
Schools Superintendent Danny Bell said the voucher program will affect the parish’s public school system in a negative way.
“It is certainly going to create a funding issue for us,” he said. “We are already currently dealing with a budget shortfall, and losing more money would just make things more difficult.”
New Living Word, which had 122 students enrolled last year, reportedly doesn’t have enough space, teachers or computers available for such a large increase, but school principal and church pastor, the Rev. Jerry Baldwin said he and the school plan to move forward “on faith” with plans to upgrade the school’s facilities for the increase of students.
The 3rd Judicial District Attorney has released recent court proceedings stating multiple individuals have been brought to justice.
Ernest Allen Boehm Jr., was indicted on July 16 for 25 counts of aggravated incest and 25 counts of molestation of a juvenile. Chief Felony Prosecutor Lewis Jones handled the presentation of the indictment. Presiding Judge Jay McCallum ordered Boehm held without bond pending further proceedings.
Boehm, 44, of 234 Orchard Valley Circle, was originally arrested June 24 after local law enforcement officers received a complaint.
A grass fire off of La. Highway 145 and Emory Road in Choudrant Saturday afternoon burned five acres of grass and scrub before being contained by firefighters from the Choudrant and Lincoln Parish Fire Departments. Choudrant fire chief Bill Sanderson said he watched the fire quickly spread from one to five acres as fire personnel were hooking up hoses to battle the blaze. He said quick reaction from fire personnel prevented the fire from reaching nearby structures.