Today's Vernon Parish School Board meeting marked the end of a career for Quinda Bennett, the long-time secretary for the board.

"I don't think any of use can express what Quinda means to us, as individuals, how much she means to our families and this board, general" Superintendent James Williams said of Bennett's retirement. "Talk about a dedicated employee who has given her whole life to serve others. She's going to be very deeply missed."

Bennett has worked with three three different superintendents during her time there.

The meeting began with the approval of last week's minutes and moved on to the Hicks High School land donation.

Previously, the 7.75 acres had been leased to the high school, but area where the baseball and softball fields sit was donated to the school by Meridian Land and Mineral Corporation.  

Hicks High School has used part of the land throughout the years, and that section, along with additional acreage was part of the donated land.

The board accepted employee retirements, listened to a report from curriculum committee and the athletic committee.

The curriculum committee announced the schools' performance scores will be released in the fall, and the athletic committee released when the jamborees will take place.

The high school football jamboree will take place August 21 at Leesville High School, with the junior high jamboree taking place the following day at Pickering.

The high school basketball jamboree will be on Dec. 14-16 at Hornbeck High School.

Decreasing property values throughout Vernon Parish caused the board to approve new adjusted millage rates.