BEST OF 2022- LPSB approves November supplement checks

The Lincoln Parish School Board held its monthly meeting Tuesday night.

This Best of the LPJ for 2022 story was originally published on October 5, 2022.

By Malcolm Butler

The Lincoln Parish School Board unanimously approved the November supplement checks for all parish teachers and support staff during Tuesday night’s monthly meeting at the school board office.

All certified employees of Lincoln Parish School Board will receive a $3,200 supplemental check while support employees will receive a $1,600 supplemental check. The checks will be a part of the Nov. 17th paycheck.

Lincoln Parish School Board Superintendent Ricky Durrett also stated that stimulus checks for retention and recruitment will be paid this month to teachers and support staff who met all criteria in the sum of $1,200 for teachers, $600 for non-certified employees and $480 for part-time support.

“Hopefully that will be a little something extra to encourage our teachers and support staff this month,” said Durrett.

Lincoln Parish School Board Early Childhood Coordinator Amy Brister and K-2 ELA Facilitator Michelle Thrower both provided positive reports on literacy performance profiles.

Brister reported on the progress on the Pre-K level and the most recent grade of excellent, the highest possible for the district.

“Pre-K classes are observed using the class rubric while our other grades use the compass rubric,” said Brister. “Three of the components of the class rubric are emotional support, classroom organization and instructional support.”

Brister said other things that go into the performance profile include teacher certification, ratios, best practices and other measurables.

“Our Tier 1 curriculum we use in pre-K we implemented it brand new this year,” said Brister. “Our teachers are really liking it. We have received the highest grade possible for early childhood sites and that is a rating of excellent.”

Thrower followed with a report on the most recent success on the K-2 literacy levels.

“We are using a curriculum called the American Reading Company that is a Tier 1 rated curriculum by the Department of Education,” said Thrower. “One of the best pieces of this curriculum is a digital component called school pace where our teachers do a independent reaching level assessment of students. It helps us track where our students are as readers. “

Thrower showed a graph where in the fall of 2021-22 the data showed 39 percent of K-2 at Proficient, 34 percent at At-Risk, and 27 percent at Emergency.

“We looked at those numbers and said ‘this isn’t good,'” said Thrower. “We have to get kids reading at proficient levels by the end of the year. We set some pretty high goals. We wanted our Proficiency rate to increase to 80 percent by the end of the school year, and we wanted to decrease Emergency rate to 10 percent. Our teachers and leaders worked really hard to meet that goal.”

Thrower shared that although they came up short of the goals, they made impressive progress with Proficient rates increasing to 73.9 percent and Emergency rates falling to 12.2 percent by the spring of 2022.

“We have made an emphasis on our Pre-K and K-2 literacy, and I think we are seeing some of the results of that,” said Durrett.

Durrett also mentioned that one of the parish school buses was involved in a crash Friday on Tarbutton Road headed to Ruston Junior High School, but that all eight students and the driver were okay — “just a few bumps and bruises” — and were back at school by the following day. He said the police report said the bus driver was not at fault.

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