Fort Polk Progress Grants More than $102,000 to Local School Districts

February 23, 2021

Vernon Parish Superintendent of Schools James Williams (left) and Anne Smith (right), curriculum director, accept a check for $94,300 from Fort Polk Progress Chairman Rick Allen.

LEESVILLE, LA–During regularly scheduled meetings of their respective boards earlier this month, the Vernon Parish School District and the Beauregard Parish School District each received grants from Fort Polk Progress as part of the organization’s Education Initiative.

Fort Polk Progress Chairman Rick Allen presented a check for $94,300 to Vernon Parish Superintendent of Schools James Williams and a check for $8,200 to Beauregard Parish Superintendent of Schools Timothy Cooley.

Williams acknowledged his district’s long-standing partnership with Fort Polk Progress and indicated that the funds would be used in his district to enhance curriculum and technology directly in the classrooms.

Fort Polk Progress Chairman, Rick Allen (center) with Beauregard Parish Superintendent of Schools Timothy Cooley left and Instructional Supervisor Larry Hollie right. Allen presented grant funds to the district totalling $8,200 earlier this month.

Allen commended both school districts for their efforts in providing a quality education for military families that is competitive with other districts that serve military bases in the nation.

Funds for the grants come from Louisiana Economic Development.

Allen expressed gratitude to Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards; Senator Mike Reese (R-Leesville); Representative Chuck Owen (R-District 30) and Representative Rodney Schamerhorn (R-District 24) for their continued support in both the Education Initiative and other quality of life initiatives of Fort Polk Progress.

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