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Millages may fund RHS growth

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New Tech @ Ruston student Daniel Kimrey listens to music on his computer during his biology class. New Tech students spend much of class time working on group and independent projects that officials say require an expanded area.

The Lincoln Parish School Board will discuss finances and recognize local principals at Wednesday’s 12:30 p.m. second regular October meeting at Ruston Elementary School.

The board is currently exploring options of how to use the 11.5 mill Ruston district capital millage to fund various projects at Ruston High School. These projects include building a new agriculture building, expanding New Tech @ Ruston into the old agriculture building and adding a freshman addition to the recently approved new field house.

Superintendent of Schools Danny Bell suggested during a finance and building and grounds committee meeting last week that board members consider extending the millage, which is currently scheduled to roll off the books in 2026, for another five years to expire in 2031. The proposal would not change the millage; it would simply extend the length of time property owners would be required to pay the tax.

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