School Board members recognized for service in January

Vernon Parish Superintendent of Schools James Willams signs a Proclamation making January...
Vernon Parish Superintendent of Schools James Willams signs a Proclamation making January School Board Recognition Month in Vernon Parish. Standing behind Superintendent Williams are School Board Members Lisa Thompson, Doug Brandon, Randy Martin, Jackie Self, Vernon Travis Jr, Jim Seaman, John Blankenbaker, and Steve Woods.(Vernon Parish School Board)
Published: Jan. 13, 2021 at 12:09 PM CST
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LEESVILLE/VERNON PARISH, La. (VPSB) - The Vernon Parish School District along with other school districts will celebrate School Board Recognition Month in January. Over 640 locally elected school board members throughout Louisiana will be recognized by schools and communities for their service and dedication to public education.

This year’s theme, “SCHOOL BOARDS MATTER! Navigating to Success” reinforces the unique role school boards play in promoting and advocating for quality education and the ownership they take for governing their local public schools.

The past year required an unusual combination of skills and talents from board members. Unexpected circumstances resulted in changes in laws and regulations, and those statewide changes required adaptability, quick problem solving, teamwork, and leadership at the district level. Navigating through unfamiliar waters became a daily task, complicated by the differing opinions and desires of various constituents. These uncertain and sometimes treacherous circumstances created challenges for even the most seasoned among us. A steady hand on the rudder was absolutely required and that’s exactly what our district’s board provided.

“The foundation of school leadership is ensuring consistent and equal learning opportunities for all students in all circumstances of situations,” said James Williams. “We’re proud of our district, and School Board Recognition Month is the time to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our elected board members.”

In Vernon Parish, school board members must develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues impacting the entire community. They bear responsibility for an annual budget of $120 million, 7850 students, 1100 employees, and 18 school sites.

“It’s more important than ever before that communities support public education so that today’s students are prepared to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow, Superintendent, James Williams said.

The men and women serving on the Vernon Parish School Board are:

District One/Six

  • Doug Brandon
  • Robert Pynes, Jr.
  • Jim Seaman
  • Jackie Self
  • Steve Woods
  • Vernon L. Travis, Jr.

District Two: Angie Davis

District Three: David Detz

District Four: Randy Martin

District Five: Shad Stewart

District Seven: John Blakenbaker

District Eight: Lisa Thompson

Fort Polk: Col. Ryan Roseberry

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