Vernon School Board Employee of the Month

(L-R) Principal Jeffery Odom, District 4 Board Member Randy Martin, Employee of the Month Mark LeBato, Superintendent James Williams, and Rod Taylor of Taylor and Sons Insurance

In its meeting on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, the Vernon Parish School Board recognized Mark LeBato, a 22-year veteran teacher and coach, as the September 2023 Employee of the Month.  LeBato is currently in his first year as Athletic Director for Pickering High School.   

The Employee of the Month program is sponsored by Taylor and Sons Insurance, a School Board vendor.  Candidates are submitted by their principals.  Winners are selected by the company and recognized by the Board at a monthly meeting. 

In other matters, Board members called for a special election for the Ward 7 (Rosepine) school district and made applications to the State Bond Commission.  Money generated will go toward construction of a new cafeteria and classrooms at Rosepine Elementary. 

Board members voted to approve the Industrial Tax Exemption status for Koppers Utility.  The exemption is for five years and has been approved by the other governing bodies in the parish.

Vernon Parish School Superintendent James Williams reminded the Board that schools are out Friday, October 6, for School Day at the West Louisiana Forestry Festival.

The next scheduled meeting of the Vernon School Board will be Thursday, October 5 at 10 a.m.