Vernon Parish, located in west central Louisiana, was created on April 11, 1871, by an Act of the Louisiana Legislature. The terrain is gently rolling hills, forested with long-leaf pines, and cut by creeks and bayous that flow from the woods into beautiful reservoirs and lakes.
Vernon Parish is home to the Vernon Parish School system. The Vernon Parish School Board was created by the Louisiana Revised Statute (LSA-R.S.) 17:51 to provide education for the children within Vernon Parish. The Board is authorized by (LSA-R.S.) 17:81 to establish policies and regulations for its own government consistent with the laws of the State of Louisiana and the regulations of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE).
The Vernon Parish School Board operates 20 schools with an enrollment of 9,679 students. Of these 20 schools, 5 are K-12 schools, 7 are elementary schools, 2 are middle/junior high schools, 4 are high schools, 1 is a Gates Options Program for grades 8-12, and 1 is an Optional School for grades 7 -12.
(Standing from left to right) W.R. "Randy" Martin (District 4 - Pickering), Doug Brandon (District 1 - Leesville/Ft. Polk), Jackie Self (District 1 - Leesville/Fort Polk) Shad Stewart (District 5 - Pitkin), Vernon Travis (District 6 - Leesville/Ft. Polk), John Blankenbaker (District 7 - Rosepine), Jim Seaman (District 1 - Leesville/Ft. Polk), Steve Woods (District 1 - Leesville/Fort Polk), Robert Pynes Jr. (District 1 - Leesville/Ft. Polk)
(Sitting from Left) Gerald Cooley (District 8 - Simpson/Hicks), Angie Davis (District 2 - Anacoco/Hornbeck), James Williams (Superintendent), David Detz (District 3 - Evans), Colonel Greg Athey (Fort Polk Garrison Commander)