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'Checking in' with a story

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By the time you read this on Easter, Holy Week will have passed on by. While I write this in the middle of Holy Week, I pause to reflect upon the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem with people spreading palm branches and cloaks, shouting “Hosanna!” and “Blessed be the Son of David.”

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Dropouts hurt state's economy

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It’s Easter morning, and I’m wondering just how many people are already suffering from some form of sugar overload.

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Success found in nontraditional route

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Previously you may have read one of my letters about the new tradition: non-traditional students. Or, perhaps you recall a piece that focused on valuable student learning experiences offered at University of Louisiana System institutions. Now I would like to talk about results, specifically, what constitutes success for higher education.
There are numerous ways to measure productivity at college campuses from enrollment numbers to degrees awarded to (the limited but nonetheless popular) graduation rate.

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Easter offers season of hope for better future

Today thousands of people throughout Lincoln Parish will feel a sense of rebirth and loving spirit as they celebrate Easter.

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Millage extension to fund RHS projects

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Editor’s note: This article first published on April 17 in the Daily Leader.
The polls will be open in Ruston on Saturday, and voters will be asked to consider extending the Ruston school district millage tax for five more years.

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Chair: Students need ‘Yes’ vote

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Our students need our support and our “Yes” vote during the Saturday special election.

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Man says taxed enough already

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The Lincoln Parish School Board has $30 million stashed away for a “rainy day” and to increase the rating for the Lincoln Parish School Board bonds.

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Alumni group favors extension

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For many years the Lincoln Parish School System has been providing one of the best educations in Louisiana for its students.

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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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