Appreciation for School Board Members

The theme of this year’s celebration “We Believe Al Students Can Achieve” reflects the top priority of local school board members as they advocate for public education with local, state, and federal leaders. Local school boards represent their community’s beliefs and values.

Red River Parish School District honor board members with a special presentation during the January 9th board meeting.  The men and women serving on the Red River Parish School Board are:

Melinda Hardy represents District 1.  She was recently elected and was sworn in at the Monday meeting.

Richard Cannon represents District 2.  He has served 20 years since he was elected in 2003.

Gary Giddens represents District 3.  He was elected in 2003 and has served 8 years.

Cleve Miller represents District 4.  Miller is the longest serving board member.  He has served 32 years since he was elected in 1991.

Kasandria White represents District 5.  She has served 21 years.  White is the board Vice President.

Valerie Cox represents District 6.  She was first elected in 2002 and has served 16 years.  Cox is President of the board.

And Susan Taylor represents District 7.  She has served 8 years since her election in 2015.

Superintendent Alison Strong told the board members, “As Superintendent, I would like to personally thank our board for the efforts they make each and every day to make our district a great place to attend and work.”


Strong added, “In Red River Parish, school board members must develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues impacting the entire community. They bear responsibility for an annual budget of over 23 million dollars, 1400 students, and over 250 employees.”

Speaking to the public Strong said, “Too often, we neglect to recognize the dedication and hard work of these men and women who represent us. I invite you to recognize and celebrate the work of your school board through a kind comment, a note, or other kind gesture. Let them know you appreciate what they do for the students in their school district.”

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