419 Hixon Street
Mangham, LA 71259
Welcome to the Richland Parish School Board
Lousiana Superintendent's Association
Stacy Morris and Kristie Penick
were each recipients
May 31 - Richland Parish Employee Job Fair
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Richland Arts Center
193 Higway 3048
Rayville, LA 71269
Feb. 16 - Staff Development Day/ No School for Students
A special school board meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 6:00p.m. at the Richland Arts Center. The Richland Arts Center is located next to Rayville High School at 193 Highway 3048 in Rayville, LA. The purpose of this meeting is to publicly discuss a proposal from the United States Department of Justice that involves changes in attendance zones and grades served for some schools. More information about the specifics of the proposal will be provided next week through parent flyers and posted on our website. Your participation in the meeting on January 14th is welcome. Thank you for your continued support of the Richland Parish Public School System.
Sheldon Jones, Superintendent
Outdoors might be sporting the usual winter grays and browns, but inside the greenhouses at Rayville High School, is a lush, brilliant green. Earlier this year, Richland Parish Food Network Services was given a grant through Seed Change, an initiative of the National Farm to School Network to expand the use of locally grown produce in schools through changes in procurement, education or the addition of school gardens. The Seed Change Program in Louisiana is funded by a donation by the Walmart Foundation.
Beverly Gresham, field manager for Richland Parish Food Network Services, said the office received a $26,000 hub grant and the schools each received $5,000 seed grants. The schools used the grants to update four greenhouses on the Rayville High School campus and one on the Delhi High School campus (with assistance from the Delhi Hospital).
Rory Gresham, the greenhouse manager, runs three greenhouses at Rayville High. The first is for germination. Seeds stay there for the first three weeks before being moved to either the tomato greenhouse or the lettuce greenhouse. Right now, Rory Gresham does all the work. He said the program was started too late in the year to adjust students' curriculum, but they hope to have student involvement in the program starting in the 2016-17 school year.
Rory Gresham, greenhouse manager for Richland Parish School Food Services, shows the root system on lettuce being grown in a hydroponic greenhouse. (Photo: Bonnie Bolden/The News-Star)
Thirty-two students from East Carroll, Richland, West Carroll, and Delta Charter Schools participated in the first Northeast Louisiana Delta Regional Jump Start Camp on June 9, 10, and 11, 2015. Pictured above are students visiting the Virtual Welding Mobile Lab on the Louisiana Delta Community College Campus at Tallulah, Louisiana.
Sitting (L-R): Marie Lewis, Alece Copeland, Connie Dove, Sheldon Jones Standing (L-R): Billy Calvert, Kevin Eppinette, Eugene Young, Jr., Joe Chapman, Moses Wilkins, Keith Pruitt