The Vernon Parish School Board held their weekly meeting on Thursday. At the meeting, they were updated on the status of several programs and policy changes that needs the board's approval and they gave special recognition to the Vernon Parish Schools Principal of the Year awardees.

Curtis Clay, Vernon Parish Head Start Director reported that there are currently 252 children enrolled in the head start program.

There are 36 children on the income eligible waiting list and an additional 43 children who are on the over the income waiting list.

Furthermore, most of the enrolled students have updated their health records for the current school year and ten students receiving special education services.

Clay reported that so far during the current school year they have served 13,780 breakfasts and 13,260 lunches to the students and volunteers have given 3,235.7 hours of their time saving the program nearly $45,446.85.

Clay also notified the board members that the Head Start Program Policy Council met on Tuesday to updated 13 new policies that now need to be approved by the board.

It will be on the agenda for the next meeting.

Kem Johnson with Vernon Parish 4-H gave the school board members an update on how the club has been doing over 2018.

Johnson reminded the board that Vernon Parish has had the largest enrollment in the 4-H program in the state of Louisiana for the past 15 years.

It also has the largest enrollment of high school students in the state and the teen group currently has 80 members.

The Vernon Parish 4-H club has awarded more than $7,000 in scholarships to members from several scholarship funds.

Johnson also informed the board that two 4-H members won national trips over the summer to represent Louisiana at National 4-H Club Congress.

And two additional members who attended the Southern Region Leadership Conference and represented Louisiana.

The board was told how the 4-H club is very active in various community service projects.

The Policy Committee informed the school board of the policy updates that need to be approved by the school board at the next meeting.

Changes were made to the purchasing policy and the personnel policy and they were added to the agenda of the next meeting.

The Finance Committee reported that the 2018-2019 budget will need to be amended to reflect several changes that were not anticipated when setting the budget.

Vernon Parish Schools had a $300,000 increase in revenue for the year that was not expected. Enrollment in the district is down 127 students which are approximately a $750,000 decrease in the minimum funding program (MFP) funding. The district also had an increase in $500,000 in Impact Aid funding.

COL Jarrett Thomas II, the Fort Polk representative gave the board an update on the activities and events going on around Fort Polk for the rest of December.

Hubert "Hub" Jordan gave a report to the board regarding the athletics reclassification through the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA).

Leesville has been moved to Class 4A District 3. Pickering and Rosepine have been moved to Class 2A District 5. Anacoco, Pitkin and Singer have been moved to Class B District 5. Finally, Hornbeck, Hicks, Simpson and Evans has been moved to Class C District 3.

The next school board meeting will be Tuesday, December 11 at 10 AM.