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  • Chief Nursing Officer / Director of Nursing
  • Executive Assistant to CEO/CMO
  • Director of Billing & Collections
  •  Patient Services Representative  

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Garden Planted by  4-H

Mrs. Jacque Fontenot with the Red River Parish 4H office came to Riverdale Academy this week and helped with Riverdale’s garden project. The elementary and junior high students even got a chance to help! They enjoyed getting their hands dirty helping with this project!

Mrs. Amanda Cason and her students did an amazing job on this garden project!

Educational Diagnostician

The Red River Parish School Board is seeking to fill the position of Educational Diagnostician. Must have a valid certification as Educational Diagnostician, according to Louisiana Department of Education (Bulletin 746). The job goal of this job will be to accurately assess the educational needs of students and function as a member of a multidisciplinary team in accordance with guidelines set forth in Bulletin 1508 and regulations implementing LRS 17:1941 et.seq.

Performance Responsibilities:

  • To explain and interpret the educational assessment services and assessments finds to parents, teachers, principals and other members of the school system.
  • To assist teachers and other personnel in the design and implementation of educational and behavioral interventions for referred students.
  • To serve as assessment team leader.
  • To evaluate as a member of the system multi-disciplinary team.
  • To function as evaluation coordinator for designated referred students.
  • To function as Support Service Provider for designated non-exceptional students.
  • To serve as a liaison to designated School Building Level Committees.
  • To participate in special education eligibility determinations and IEP staffing.
  • To serve as a resource person at conferences and in-service meetings in matters within the expertise of the school Educational Diagnostician.
  • To cooperate and coordinate with the community and community agencies to deliver services to students.
  • To maintain accurate case records on all students regarding their referrals, evaluations and any other services provided by the assessment teacher in accordance with the requirements of parish, state, federal laws, regulations and/or policies.
  • To provide a written report of any educational assessment or other services provided to students.
  • To attend staff, professional and inter-agency meetings including those assigned.
  • To keep abreast of new developments in the areas of school assessment teachers and keep appropriate school personnel informed of the same.
  • To complete all required reports of the parish and State Department of Education within timelines.
  • Meet the Professional Development requirements of Bulletin 1525.

You may apply on our website or you may pick up an application at the School Board Office. 

If you have any questions, you may contact Nicole Eason at 318-271-3150.

Nicole M. Eason 

Red River Parish School Board

Human Resources Department 

Basketball Honors for Rebel Players and Coach

The MAIS All-District Basketball Teams have been selected.  Riverdale Academy has six players and a coach on the roster.

Coach Ty Hester was named Coach of the Year.  Hester coaches both the Rebels and Lady Rebels teams. 

Named to the Boys First Team were:

Parker Almond – District Co-MVP and Class A All-MAIS, Ty Jones – Class A All-MAIS, and

Caden Long.

Named to the Girls First Team were:

Rhonda Black – District MVP and Class A All-MAIS, Kenly Loftin, and Rylee Kate Woodard.

Riverdale Academy posted congratulations to players and Coach Hester.

Tech School Tour

Riverdale Academy reported that this week Miss Sidney was able to take Riverdale students who were interested in Northwest Louisiana Technical College on a campus tour. We love that we are able to offer opportunities like this to help our students decide their future plans!

ETC… For Friday, April 16th

Baseball Senior recognition day is Tuesday, April 20th at Riverdale Academy. Presentations will begin at 2:00 pm followed by a double header against Central School. Come out and support these Rebel baseball players.

From the Red River 4-H Clubs:
Good luck to all of our Red River Parish shooting sports members competing in the State competition this week!!!  
Nathan Tristan
Brayden Chicola-Pearah
Brett Danzy
Chandler Nettles
Kaden Cason
Preston Eaves
Jordan Friday
Aston Hester

Baseball Senior Night

By Hayley Loe

The Red River Bulldogs baseball team continues the tradition of seeing off their seniors into the next chapters of their lives. Jaylon Grigg and Johnnie Maxie were seen off by their close family members in the game. The Bulldogs played Ringgold High School for an amazing win of 15-0, the Bulldogs are now 17-2 in the season and working their way up in the stats. 

Pierce Kellogg 2-2with 2 doubles, 2 RBI

Trenton Grigg 2-2 with 1 double, 1 triple, 3 RBI 

Keegan King 3-3 with 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 RBI

Jaylon Grigg won the game 1-0 with 6 strikeouts.

The Bulldogs season is still on a roll with many more games to come, drop by and see the Bulldogs in action before it’s too late. 

Red River travels to Many Thursday for a 6:00 pm game.  Then they will be home hosting Ebarb at 6:30 pm Friday.

The Boxes Are In The Mail

This week members of VFW Post 7287 mailed care 24 boxes to members of the Coushatta National Guard unit serving in combat.  Those boxes had been packed by the Beta Club at Riverdale Academy.

The VFW thanked workers at the post office for their help with custom forms and getting the packages labeled and sent off. 

When VFW members arrived at Riverdale last Friday they found a large stack of packages ready to be mailed.  Each package contained an assortment of snacks and treats, socks and wash cloths, and other items that soldiers in a far-off land might not have access to. 

Beta Club sponsor Amanda Cason said her students selected items they thought would be needed by the soldiers.  In addition, each box contained devotional material and cards or letters written and colored by students at the school.  They did it as part of Beta week earlier this year.

End of Watch – April 7, 2021

A four-legged member of the Red River Sheriff’s Office is being remembered.  She is Cephira, the K9 partner of Randy Thomas, Sr.  Her watch ended on Wednesday, April 7th.

Thomas said, “She was my K9 partner for 11 years.  And she is at  the end of her of service. She has brought closer to many families throughout her career.  It  has been an honor to have served with her and proud to be her partner.”

Randy’s wife Pam Thomas, “She has been my shadow for 12 years. My co-pilot, my helper I’m the yard, baking cakes, whatever I did – she did. I will miss the  pitter  patter of her feet, her nudges, her playful attitude. 

“Cephira has a great name.  She has been on over 30 body searches in 12 years. She has given many families closure. Thank you Spencer Griffith for having the heart to purchase Cephira.  She was the best search dog and her service will be sorely missed.”

Spencer Griffith suffered a tragedy years ago.  And that lead to comforting other families.  Here is Griffith’s “A Dog Story:

Today has been a day of reflection for me. A chapter that affected many lives, which began 13 years ago came to a close today. This story began with the drowning death of our daughter Hannah Griffith, who was 15 at the time. Despite all efforts of recovery, which lasted for more than three weeks and involved as many as 15 different State Agencies and Sheriff’s Offices, Hannah was never recovered.

In the months after the accident, my entire family decided to try and do something to help others with the probability to get that “closure” that we were not able to have. With the help of many, many friends and family, we held a Memorial Team Roping to raise funds to go toward the purchase of a Cadaver dog for the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office….who had been so resilient in leading the search effort for Hannah.

Our good friend Deputy Randy Thomas, Sr. had agreed to be the handler, and after a long search for the perfect dog, Cephira was purchased and entered all of our lives! Right from the start, it was apparent that she was special.

It’s never a call that you want to get….but for the last 11 years Deputy Thomas and Cephira have served together and went wherever they were sent….and assisted in the recovery of many…to provide that closure to families who had lost loved ones. I don’t know the exact number, but I believe over 30 recovery efforts in that time, and Cephira was so reliable that I know of times when she and Randy were requested specifically. I truly believe that Cephira knew that she was a special dog, with special power, and put here to provide a special service. And even though we weren’t on all those recovery missions, and just played the small part of helping with her purchase….each time she was able to give that closure to another family….it helped our family heal a little bit more. Today Cephira’s service has come to an end. Father Time is undefeated, and now she has no more pain. She’s young and swift again…..and probably playing fetch with Hannah! We will be praying for ya’ll Mr. Randy & Mrs. Pam. We love ya’ll.

Griffith reminded The Journal that Cephira had been featured some years ago in a publication of the top search and rescue dogs.