By T. Scott Boatright
In a sign things seem to be improving as far as the COVID-19 pandemic is concerned, Lincoln Parish Schools Superintendent Ricky Durrett said during Monday’s School Board meeting that STEM camps and two summer sessions are set for the upcoming summer, with the first coming in June.
The STEM camps occurring means the summer’s School Board meetings will be returning to the School Board office as opposed to the STEM Center, where they’ve been held in recent months.
“We’re going to add a little bit to the end of the table at the central office so we can still spread out pretty good there if that’s all right with everyone,” Durrett said. “Just trying to set up (at the STEM Center) and take it back down with all the camps going on, we just thought we ought to try doing it there. We’ll still wear masks and take temperatures and all of that before everybody comes in.”
Lincoln Parish students will also have a chance to participate in Jump Start Summers this year.
“Along with Delta Community College we’ve got about 26 students from Simsboro and Choudrant High Schools that will take Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) courses and get that certification this summer,” Durrett said. “We’re working with Delta Community College since we don’t teach those every year and this will allow those students to get some of that certification this summer.”
Durrett said 840 Pre-K through eighth-grade students are expected to attend summer school in Lincoln Parish starting in June.
“We have 40 at the Pre-K Center, 400 at Glen View and about 400 at the junior high,” Durrett said. That will give us a chance to work with some kids and make up for some lost time there. We also have some more kids that once we finish EOC testing will be doing some end of course remediation at Ruston High School and also some ACT remediation in June and July to help them prepare for the ACT test.”