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LPSB accepts $8M bond

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School board to purchase through FTN Financial

FTN Financial’s bid was chosen by the LIncoln Parish School Board to purchase $8 million in bonds for Ruston School District No. 1.

The bid was for a 2.38 percent interest on the $8 million bond.

The school board approved the sale of the bid during their meeting Tuesday at Glenview Elementary School.

In other business:

• Reading Recovery Coach Lisa Mangum announced a meeting to start a program for pre-school students.

Mangum said the district wants to have Lincoln Parish children read 1,000 books before pre-kindergarten.

The meeting will take place at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 10 at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center.

• Local architect Mike Walpole gave an update on the new security system for Choudrant, Dubach and Simsboro.

The schools will follow Ruston schools in security updates such as cameras, gates and doors opened from the front office.

Walpole also gave an update on New Tech@Ruston’s new classrooms and Ruston High School’s soccer locker rooms.

Walpole said the New Tech@Ruston classrooms will be almost identical to the current classrooms.

“We spoke with everyone about trying to see what they needed and they wanted the same thing — larger classrooms to fit their needs,” he said.

Walpole said the soccer locker rooms will be placed at the edge of the football stadium next to the freshman locker rooms.

Bids for those projects will come during the March meeting, Walpole said.

Both projects will begin soon, Walpole said.

• Transportation Coordinator James Payton said construction at Lincoln Parish schools has been going smoothly.

Choudrant High School’s track is now on the ground and painted.

Payton said he expects this project to be done within the next few months.

“It’s moving along nicely and we’re expecting it to get finished soon,” he said.

The five new classrooms Hillcrest Elementary will likely be finished by the end of April, Payton said.

The classrooms will help accommodate the growing student population.

Ruston Elementary’s additional classrooms will be finished by the end of the month, Payton said.

“The contractors are finishing those classrooms up soon and we expect them to be done by Feb. 21,” Payton said.

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