Durrett celebrates student accomplishments at school board meeting

By William Midkiff

On the evening of Feb. 1, the Lincoln Parish School Board had its monthly meeting, during which superintendent Ricky Durrett gave a report that celebrated the students of the parish and laid the groundwork for a successful 2022.

The first report of the night, given by assistive technology specialist Terri Belknap, was an overview of how the district has been utilizing assistive technology to aid students.

Assistive technology refers to assistive, adaptive and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities.

Belknap’s report also covered how assistive technology could progress in the future, to help Lincoln Parish students even further.

The rest of the reports were routine, suggesting a well-oiled school district ready for the new year. After the unanimous passing of a recurring request to allow for purchasing of essential equipment, Durrett gave the superintendent’s report.

The report began by highlighting the students-of-the-year, who have recently been recognized by the school board.

“Our students-of-the-year for elementary are Avery Dixon, from A. E. Phillips’s fifth grade; Melissa Le, from eighth grade at A. E. Phillips; and Jason Willis from Ruston High School in the 12th grade,” Durrett said. “They will all go on to compete at the state level, and we wish them good luck with that. Hopefully they’ll be back here with some state awards.”

Durrett also named the teachers and principals who were awarded this level of recognition, all of whom will also be competing at the state level.

The focus of the report then shifted toward a recent competition called the Alamo City Electrathon, which the Ruston High School EcoCAR program competed in with great success.

Electrathon America is a nonprofit organization formed to educate about the production of electric vehicles. The organization regularly holds competitions to fuel the research of electric vehicles.

“For the last couple of years, they have not been able to go to the Shell Eco-marathon that they normally go to, because of COVID,” Durrett said. “We were able to find this Electrathon; it’s their first year to go to San Antonio. They took two cars, 23 kids, and they got first and second place out there.”

Durrett then explained that the EcoCAR program at Ruston High School is working on its own building, which should be finished soon.

“We’re waiting on some doors and a few other things,” Durrett said. “It’s going to be ready late in August. Hopefully we’ll have it for next year, to start the school year.”

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