News Release
December 27, 2019
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Carly Cumpton
A Round Up of 2019 Achievements
As the year comes to an end, we at Fort Polk Progress wanted to send out an email that is a bit different from our usual press releases. Instead, we want to take some time to thank our community for constantly striving for improvement and to recognize a small handful of the accomplishments made during 2019.

To do this, we’ve compiled a few press releases that highlight a small percentage of the work done in our communities over the past year. As we went through this process, it was difficult to decide what to include – simply because of the plethora of successes in Beauregard and Vernon Parish and on Fort Polk.

We hope that you take some time to read through them, reflect on all that our community has achieved, and continue to share the good work being done to improve the lives of both those who are stationed at Fort Polk and the people who have chosen to make our community their home.
The grant was given to the school system to aid in further improvements to school performance and educating parents on school curriculum in Vernon Parish School District, which has a large population of military-connected students.

A grant to be used to fund a classroom set of 30 Chromebooks and one interactive whiteboard for use at Beauregard Parish schools was presented to the Beauregard Parish School Board by Fort Polk Progress Chairman, Mike Reese.

The chairman and the Deputy Garrison Commander showcased the Education Initiative and its many positive outcomes during the Association of Defense Communities’ Installation Innovation Forum.
Funded by NMSI grants in their district, VPSB and BPSB pooled their resources together to host an Advanced Placement exam study session for all their students.

VPSB received AdvancED accreditation report concluding that “The district’s capacity to continue on this path of excellence is clear and strong.”

The 2018 graduating class in Beauregard Parish had a 93.5% graduation rate, placing them as one of 24 districts in Louisiana to have a graduation rate above 90 percent.
91 Vernon Parish students extended their learning into the summer break with a STEM-centered camp held at Pickering High School.
The sixth annual Cafeteria Conversation was deemed a huge success with almost 800 attendees.

South Beauregard Elementary Principal, S. Chad Schulz, named a finalist in the Louisiana Principal of the Year program.

The Louisiana Department of Education named VPSD as the 5 th overall school district in the state and the 4 th highest rated public-school system.
Fort Polk Progress is a regional organization focused on coordinating the efforts of the local communities, the State of Louisiana and the Louisiana Congressional delegation on supporting the Army, the mission at Fort Polk, and the quality of life for soldiers and families stationed in Louisiana.

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