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  • What is the Education Initiative?

    The foundation for the Education Initiative began in 2007 with the Louisiana Communities and Military Partnership Summit and “Visions for Vernon” Strategic Plan, which resulted in funding the Leesville High School renovations and the establishment of Fort Polk Progress.

     The Education Initiative was formed with three goals:

    1. To improve school performance – move Vernon Parish Schools from Good to Great

    2. To educate parents about Common Core State Standards and how they can support
        their children

    3. To benchmark Vernon Parish Schools against the national average and against schools supporting major Army installations.

    Fort Polk Progress leads the Initiative, which is a partnership effort made up of stakeholders representing the military, the school district and higher education. The Initiative is further supported by education experts at the local, state, and national levels.

    A recent Education Symposium informed the General Public about the Education Initiative. More than 700 people attended the event. 

  • View the Overview of the Education Initiative, as it was presented in the 2014 Education Symposium. 


    After 25 years of total service, Lieutenant Colonel Ed Williams retired from the US Army in 2011. His career concluded at Fort Polk as the Chief of Staff of JRTC and Ft. Polk and the Installation Command Inspector General.  He is currently employed by Cubic Applications as an instructor at the Joint Readiness Training Center’s Leader Training Program. He is currently the Chairman for the Military Affairs Committee for the Greater Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce a life member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and has received numerous awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and five Meritorious Service Medals.