Rotary Club of Winnfield Now Accepting 2021 Scholarship Applications – Deadline is April 16

The Rotary Club of Winnfield (the club) is excited to announce that the club is accepting applications from high school seniors for its two scholarships.

The club is pleased to offer two $1500 scholarships to high school seniors who plan to pursue post-secondary studies at a university, community college or technical college.

The scholarships are the Lawrence I. White Rotary Scholarship, offered solely to WSHS seniors, and the Thomas H. Harrel Memorial Scholarship, available to seniors parish-wide.

WSHS seniors may use the WSHS-Scholarship Packet to apply for both scholarships. Seniors at Dodson, Calvin and Atlanta High School please use T.H.-Harrell-Scholarship Packet to apply.

The application deadline is April 16, 2021. Applications can be turned into school counselors or submitted via email to rotaryclubwinnla@gmail.com.

For more information, you may contact the Rotary Club of Winnfield President Jodi Taylor at 832-573-5085. 

Download applications and information here – 


REGISTER NOW FOR EMT TRAINING at CLTCC’s Huey P. Long Campus in Winnfield

REGISTER NOW FOR EMT TRAINING!

CLTCC’s Huey P. Long Campus in Winnfield is offering an Emergency Medical Technician Course starting April 19th!

Students will learn to respond to crisis and emergency situations and assist those who are suffering from accidents and other health emergencies.

Upon successful completion of the course, students are eligible to test for certification by the National Registry of EMTs and licensure by the State of Louisiana.

This course is designed to have a very flexible class schedule to accommodate those who may be currently working.

It also offers the opportunity to earn TWO credentials: 

1⃣ Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

2⃣ Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

The course schedule is designed to be flexible. Classes are typically Mondays and a Thursdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.  

To learn more or register, please contact us at 

(318) 628-4342 (phone)

hueyplong@cltcc.edu (email)

or stop by the campus anytime at

CLTCC Huey P. Long Campus
5960 Hwy 167 North 
Winnfield, LA, 71483


Power UP YOUR CAREER WITH LOUISIANA CAT – Delivery Driver Position Open in Winnfield

ARE YOU READY TO MAKE A POWERFUL IMPACT? 

THE OPPORTUNITY

We are looking for a Hydraulic Technician to join our growing operations at our Winnfield, Louisiana location.

YOU

This is an entry level driver position whose responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Delivering parts orders to customer facilities,
  • Off-loading, stocking, picking and staging of equipment and parts
  • Providing professional quality customer service to all internal and external customers.

MOST IMPORTANT QUALIFICATIONS

  • Capable of operating TAMS point-of-sale system and cataloging.
  • Able to use adding machine and process cash, check, and credit card transactions.
  • Visually capable of recognizing and distinguishing letters and numbers and remembering their sequencing.
  • Able to speak clearly and listen attentively.
  • Able to work on feet (stand and walk) for entire assigned work shift.
  • Capable of lifting and moving parts and boxes of up to 60 pounds.
  • Able to repeatedly bend or stoop to floor-level shelves and able to reach upper shelves (eight feet) with use of stool or ladder when necessary.
  • Able to turn brake drums and rotors, and repair/make up hydraulic hose assemblies (if appropriate).
  • Able to move engine blocks, core barrels, and other heavy equipment with moving aids designed to move such items, including hand trucks, barrel dollies, hydraulic lifts, etc.

JOB FACTS

  • Will require physical movement as listed in the job description

SAFETY IN ALL WE DO

  • We require strict compliance with PPE (personal protective equipment) safety regulations
  • We maintain compliance with all Federal, State and Local safety and company regulations
  • All employees must follow all Company Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) procedures
  • Louisiana Cat is a drug-free workplace

WHAT WE OFFER:

We are proud to offer our full time employees a benefits package that speaks for itself and sets us apart from our competition. Benefits options include:

  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life & Disability Policies
  • Wellness programs
  • Corporate Discounts
  • Generous 401K Plan
  • Paid Holidays & Vacation
  • Credit Union
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Training & Advancement Opportunities

WHY PEOPLE JOIN LOUISIANA CAT

  • We are known for service quality and unsurpassed customer relationships guided by our strong company values, culture and safety standards
  • We have energy, focus and passion delivering results because what we do impacts our customers each and every day
  • We work across Construction, Electrical Power, Forestry, Governmental, Heavy Equipment, Industrial, Landscaping, Marine Engines and Oil & Gas industries
  • We invest in training and development programs for our employees to build their toolkit and career paths here at Louisiana CAT
  • We offer competitive pay and benefits, paid holidays and vacation, employee incentive programs and 401(k) company match programs to meet family and work lifestyles

Apply Here

WHO WE ARE

Louisiana CAT is the only authorized Caterpillar Dealer for the state of Louisiana. We provide Caterpillar Equipment, Service, Parts and Engines to customers across a wide range of industries. We are guided by our strong company culture, safety standards and activities in the communities in which we operate. We seek out employees who are inspired by our timeless values, thrive in growing company environment and want to become a part of a dynamic company backed by 85+ years of success. We have 23 locations across Louisiana and the Gulf South with Corporate HQ located in Reserve, LA and Power Systems HQ located in New Iberia, LA.

To BE The Best…We HIRE The Best. POWER UP and Click RED button “APPLY For This Position” on our Louisiana CAT Careers Page https://www.louisianacat.com/careers to be considered for open roles at Louisiana CAT and affiliate companies. #LouisianaCATCareers #NowHiring #HiringOurHeroes #HiringTheBest

Pre-Employment drug screens and proof of employment eligibility (E-Verify) are required for any position offered.

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V


Notice of Death April 11, 2021

WINN:
Larry Williams
November 19, 1938 – April 08, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Darren Jackson
April 1, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Mary Lee Sproles Ortego
May 29, 1949 – March 18, 2021
Arrangements TBA

NATCHITOCHES:
Johnnie Coleman
April 10, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Sean Revels
June 22, 1968 – April 7, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Amos Payton Jr.
April 4, 2021
Arrangements TBA


Early Voting Begins Saturday

Early Voting for the April 24th runoff election will begin tomorrow Saturday, April 10th, and will run until Saturday, April 17th (excluding Sunday) at the Winn Parish Courthouse.  Voting hours are from 8:30 am until 6:00 pm.  All current voters in Winn Parish are eligible and encouraged to cast their ballots.  If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar of Voters at 318-628-6133.

On the ballot in Winn Parish 

BESE – District 4
Michael Melerine Republican
“Cassie” Williams Democrat


Police Juror – District 7
Jesse Delane Cox Republican
“Frank” McLaren No Party


Rotary Club of Winnfield Now Accepting 2021 Scholarship Applications – Deadline is April 16

The Rotary Club of Winnfield (the club) is excited to announce that the club is accepting applications from high school seniors for its two scholarships.

The club is pleased to offer two $1500 scholarships to high school seniors who plan to pursue post-secondary studies at a university, community college or technical college.

The scholarships are the Lawrence I. White Rotary Scholarship, offered solely to WSHS seniors, and the Thomas H. Harrel Memorial Scholarship, available to seniors parish-wide.

WSHS seniors may use the WSHS-Scholarship Packet to apply for both scholarships. Seniors at Dodson, Calvin and Atlanta High School please use T.H.-Harrell-Scholarship Packet to apply.

The application deadline is April 16, 2021. Applications can be turned into school counselors or submitted via email to rotaryclubwinnla@gmail.com.

For more information, you may contact the Rotary Club of Winnfield President Jodi Taylor at 832-573-5085. 

Download applications and information here – 


2021 NSU Louisiana High School Essay Contest

The 13th annual NSU Louisiana High School Essay Contest is now open for submissions until June 1, 2021. The essay contest is open to all Louisiana students in grades 9-12 regardless of type of school institution, including students in all types of private educational environments, as well as home schooled students.

The 2021 Contest theme is “Louisiana Heroes.” Entrants are invited to explore the following questions in their essays: “Who is a Louisianan you greatly admire? How has this person’s example benefitted you?” Students may be acquainted or even related to the person they discuss, and the person may be living or deceased. Personal reflections and experiences are perfectly valid as part of the essay content. Essays may be in narrative form if the student so chooses.

Essays should be approximately 1,000 – 2,500+ words, should have titles, and should be typed
(double spaced, 12-point font, standard margins). Entries should include a cover sheet with the student’s name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address, school affiliation, and the title of their entry. Entries may be submitted via e-mail to Dr. Shane Rasmussen,
rasmussens@nsula.edu or mailed to the Louisiana Folklife Center, NSU Box 3663, Natchitoches, LA 71497. “2021 NSU Louisiana High School Essay Contest” should be the subject line of e­mails. The deadline for contest submissions is June 1, 2021. Prize-winning students will be notified by July 15, 2021.

The prizes for the contest winners are: 1st place – $150; 2nd place – $100; and 3rd place – $50. In addition, essay contest winners will receive a $200/per semester NSU scholarship with a value up to $1600 if they attend NSU for four years. This award is in addition to other scholarship awards that the student may receive from Northwestern State University. Winners must have at least a 20 ACT composite or 950 on the SAT, as well as at least a 2.0 GP A to be eligible. Essay winners need to submit proof of the award. Winning essayists will be invited to read their paper at the 13th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference held at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches on Saturday September 25, 2021.

The top three winning entries will also be published in the Louisiana Folklife Journal. Submission of an entry to the Contest entails granting permission to publish the essay in the Louisiana Folklife Journal. Entries may be subject to minor revision prior to publication. Additional information is available on the website for the Louisiana Folklife Center at Northwestern State University: https://louisianafolklife.nsula.edu/.

Sponsored by the Louisiana Folklife Center, the NSU Writing Project, the College of Arts, Sciences, Graduate Studies and Research, the Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Cultural Studies, the Office of Financial Aid, and the Office of Recruiting at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Essay Contest Co-chairs:
Dr. Lisa Abney, Faculty Facilitator for Academic Research and Community College Outreach and Professor of English
Jason Church, Materials Conservator, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training Lisa Davis, National Writing Project Director and Instructor of English and Education


Oil-Covered Brown Pelican Transported to Georgia After 2010 Deepwater Horizon Disaster Finds Its Way Back to Louisiana

The distance is about 700 miles as the crow flies. But a brown pelican transported from Louisiana to Georgia in 2010 was bound and determined to cover that ground and return to the Bayou State.

And back home it is.

This brown pelican was covered in oil during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010, rescued and cleaned then flown to and released in Georgia. It was spotted in March on a rock jetty on Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay by a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) biologist.

The pelican was tagged “Red 33Z” when captured on June 14, 2010, at the Empire Jetties in Barataria Bay in the wake of the giant oil spill. It was taken to a triage facility and then to a rehabilitation facility in Louisiana. After that, it was taken via plane to a U.S. Coast Guard station in Brunswick, Georgia, and released on July 1, 2010.

“It’s truly impressive that it made its way back from Georgia,’’ said LDWF biologist Casey Wright, who spotted and photographed the pelican last month. The 33Z tag remains on the pelican’s right leg and can clearly be seen in the photograph taken by Wright. It isn’t known exactly when the bird came back to Louisiana.

“Brown pelicans, like most seabirds, are thought to be hard-wired, genetically, to return to their birth colony to breed, despite moving long distances during the non-breeding season,’’ LDWF Non-game Ornithologist Robert Dobbs said. “That may be an overly simplistic generalization, but re-sighting data of banded pelicans often support that pattern.’’

The pelican was one of 582 successfully rehabbed during the aftermath of the spill. More than 5,000 birds, dead and alive, were collected in Louisiana because of the disaster. This comprised approximately 65 percent of the bird recoveries throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Brown pelicans made up 22 percent of all recoveries. Data suggest that the spill resulted in between 51,000-84,000 birds killed, and the actual number was likely on the high end of that scale.

The pelican was released in Georgia because it was captured early on after the spill. Birds that were rehabbed at that point were released outside the impact area so they weren’t in danger of getting into the oil again. The birds were released in Georgia, Texas and Florida. Other pelicans released in other areas have been spotted back in Louisiana.

Eleven birds that were unable to be released were taken to zoos.

Queen Bess Island, which was heavily impacted by the oil spill, is a key colonial water bird nesting colony that accounts for 15-20 percent of young brown pelicans hatched in Louisiana in a given year. The island, managed by LDWF as a refuge now, had been reduced to about five acres of available nesting habitat before the restoration project in 2019-20. It now has about 36 acres.


Angler’s Perspective – Lighting My Bass Fishing Fuse

While I never attempted to fish at the highest level of professional bass fishing, that still has not damped my passion to compete at this lifelong sport. Bass fishing is a constant attempt to continually educate yourself in order to be successful. It’s a never-ending process of reading, studying and spending endless hours on the water committing yourself to getting better. If you want to compete at a high level, you’ll have to dedicate yourself and develop fishing skills. But where did this passion come from?  Where did it all start for me and why?

It all began on an East Texas Ranch located just north of Mt. Pleasant, Texas. Graf Brothers Ranch (owned by my dad Loyd Graf Jr. and his brother William “Bill” Graf) was a little under 400 acres just on the edge of Sulphur bottom. We had three fully stocked ponds, not including my Grandad’s (Loyd Graf Sr.) place that joined our east fence with two stock ponds as well just waiting for a young angler to get hooked on what would become a lifelong passion for me. At the age of 8 years old in 1969, I made my first cast on one of these stock ponds with a Zebco rod & reel and little did I know, that it would be the first of thousands of casts. Endless hours of walking the banks cast after cast, looking to catch one of those little green trout called largemouth bass.

I had a cousin who also loved to fish, who would show up at the ranch from time to time and we would fish together all day. He was also the guy who introduced me to Bassmaster Magazine and my first open face reel; the Ambassador 5000C. It was the prettiest piece of fishing equipment I had ever seen. It was bright red with silver knobs and handles and just looked so impressive. I remember getting one for my 9th birthday and could not get it out of the box quick enough. None of my friends had a fishing reel with such high-tech innovations. In my mind, I was now king of the water and none of my friends could even come close to the set up I now possessed. But it was also a challenge to learn to throw without getting a major backlash or rat’s nest. But once you mastered that reel, oh what a joy it was to fish with. Smooth and you could cast it a mile!

Every kid who ever picked up a rod and reel has raided their dad’s old tackle box. I remember the first time I opened my dad’s and was so intrigued by the many lures he had accumulated over time. Old crankbaits and topwater lures along with a small selection of H&H spinnerbaits. This tackle box also had two or three packages of Crème soft plastic worms (3 in a pack) you know the ones with the hooks already threaded in the worm. This tackle box is where I got my first look at a flat sided crankbait known as a Sonic which later became the predecessor to the Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap. I sure wish I had some of those old baits from that dust covered tackle box including the ones I lost or hung up on an underwater stump. Many of those old lures would now be collector’s items and worth a few dollars.

By age ten (1971) like my cousin, I was a subscriber to the greatest bass fishing magazine that is still in existence today…Bassmaster Magazine! I was like a kid in a candy store every month when that arrived at my house. Even more excited to get that magazine than I was the Sears & Roebuck Christmas catalog. It was a resource beyond belief to a ten-year-old boy with great information, sketches and drawings in detail about the latest techniques and the hottest baits. Interviews with the best anglers on the planet like Bill Dance, Roland Martin, Ricky Green, and Booby Murray who won the first Bassmaster Classic in 1971. Truly a wealth of information that I thumbed through night after night before going to sleep and dreaming of a huge largemouth that I would soon be catching. While other kids were reading the “Highlights” magazine and other boring books like “Where the Red Fern Grows” and “Huckleberry Finn,” I was studying how to pitch and flip a jig in heavy cover! Now that was something worth reading!

While I still remember walking those East Texas stock ponds and making cast after cast, I did not know that this would be where I would cut my teeth and light the fuse for what would become a lifelong passion. The freedom I had as a kid is something kids today cannot relate to. Days on end I left the house just after sunrise and came home at sunset hopefully with a stringer full of bass that would make my dad proud. The only thing that trumped bass fishing was my passion for baseball.

After a short minor league baseball career with the Montreal Expos, I needed something to fill that competitive void I had in my life. Fast forward to 1990 when a friend of mine asked me to fish a team bass tournament on north Louisiana’s Lake Bistineau and once again the fuse was lit! From that day forward I have fished competitively on all levels. Fished several team trails, Pro/Am events like the FLW BFL Tour, the FLW Ever start/Costa Series, B.A.S.S Opens and the ABA Open Series and the new (2021)ABA Top 150 Solo Tour. It’s just like any other hobby, once it gets in your blood, it’s hard to walk away from. But for me it’s still fun and something I truly enjoy. I’ve met and made some great friends for life while fishing and that by far is better than winning any tour event…well maybe! Till next time, don’t forget to set the hook!  

Steve Graf
Owner/Co-host
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show
And Tackle Talk Live


Power UP YOUR CAREER WITH LOUISIANA CAT – Hydraulic Hose Assembly Technician Position Open in Winnfield

ARE YOU READY TO MAKE A POWERFUL IMPACT? 

THE OPPORTUNITY

We are looking for a Hydraulic Technician to join our growing operations at our Winnfield, Louisiana location.

YOU

The person in this role will be responsible for maintaining and overhauling hydraulics and related components.

YOUR CONTRIBUTION

  • You will repair, assemble and install components for hydraulic systems.
  • You will maintain and overhaul hydraulics and related components.
  • You will read and interpret equipment manuals, mechanical and electrical schematics, and other specifications to determine the repair method on failed components.
  • You will replace or repair defective components, using hand tools, gauges, and testing equipment.
  • You will assemble and install electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic equipment using hand or power tools.
  • You will rebuild install and align pump assemblies utilizing safe rigging methods using hand or power tools.
  • You will execute preventative maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • You will properly install repaired hydraulic components in the field if required.
  • You will perform electrical, electronic, mechanical, hydraulic system inspections.

YOUR VALUE

  • You will promote positive customer service according to Caterpillar and Louisiana CAT expectations
  • You will have the tools and building blocks to MAKE A CAREER here at Louisiana CAT. In walk through our Louisiana CAT doors…are the finest Caterpillar Heavy Equipment Service Technicians in the South.

MOST IMPORTANT QUALIFICATIONS

  • REQUIRED: High School Diploma or (GED) equivalent
  • REQUIRED: Minimum of 3 years of experience in Hydraulic Assembly
  • REQUIRED: Strong mechanical Aptitude
  • REQUIRED: Basic understanding of hand tools
  • REQUIRED: Strong attention to detail and problem solving skills
  • REQUIRED: Ability to work in a team environment
  • Must own required tool inventory. Louisiana Cat offers exclusive Tooling Program (specific discussed during interviews)
  • Strong customer service skills, mechanical aptitude, professional demeanor and always “safety-first” mentality every hour of every day

JOB FACTS

  • WORK SHIFT: 12 hour days / some weekend; variety of shifts (specifics will be discussed during interviews)
  • Will require physical movement as listed in the job description

SAFETY IN ALL WE DO

  • We require strict compliance with PPE (personal protective equipment) safety regulations
  • We maintain compliance with all Federal, State and Local safety and company regulations
  • All employees must follow all Company Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) procedures
  • Louisiana Cat is a drug-free workplace

WHY PEOPLE JOIN LOUISIANA CAT

  • We are known for service quality and unsurpassed customer relationships guided by our strong company values, culture and safety standards
  • We have energy, focus and passion delivering results because what we do impacts our customers each and every day
  • We work across Construction, Electrical Power, Forestry, Governmental, Heavy Equipment, Industrial, Landscaping, Marine Engines and Oil & Gas industries
  • We invest in training and development programs for our employees to build their toolkit and career paths here at Louisiana CAT
  • We offer competitive pay and benefits, paid holidays and vacation, employee incentive programs and 401(k) company match programs to meet family and work lifestyles

Apply Here

WHO WE ARE

Louisiana CAT is the only authorized Caterpillar Dealer for the state of Louisiana. We provide Caterpillar Equipment, Service, Parts and Engines to customers across a wide range of industries. We are guided by our strong company culture, safety standards and activities in the communities in which we operate. We seek out employees who are inspired by our timeless values, thrive in growing company environment and want to become a part of a dynamic company backed by 85+ years of success. We have 23 locations across Louisiana and the Gulf South with Corporate HQ located in Reserve, LA and Power Systems HQ located in New Iberia, LA.

To BE The Best…We HIRE The Best. POWER UP and Click RED button “APPLY For This Position” on our Louisiana CAT Careers Page https://www.louisianacat.com/careers to be considered for open roles at Louisiana CAT and affiliate companies. #LouisianaCATCareers #NowHiring #HiringOurHeroes #HiringTheBest


NPSB Job Vacancy: Department of Exceptional Student Services Secretary

SITE LOCATION(S): Central Office              

QUALIFICATIONS: High School Diploma or Equivalent, Associate or bachelor’s degree preferred, excellent communication skills, and proficiency in computer skills.

SALARY: According to the parish salary schedule.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: 12 months

WHERE TO APPLY: Linda G. Page, Personnel Director

Natchitoches Parish School Board

PO. Box 16
Natchitoches, LA 71458-0016
(318) 352-2358

DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 4:00 p.m.

APPLICATIONS: Application packet should consist of a letter of application, resume’, official transcript, and two letters of reference.


JOIN OUR HELPING HANDS

OMC Seeking qualified candidates 

for the following key management positions:

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

For more information, call 318-357-2071, see posting on Facebook page:

“The NEW Outpatient Medical Center”

You may also submit resume and a cover letter to

info@outpatientmedical.org

EOE


Notice of Death April 8, 2021

WINN:
Gene Timothy Bolin
June 12, 1941 – April 01, 2021
Service: Saturday, April 10 at 11 am at the Kinner & Stevens Funeral Home in Jena

Jody Renae Grant
March 03, 1962 – March 10, 2021
Service: Friday, March 12 at 10:30 am at the Summerville Cemetery

Darren Jackson
April 1, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Mary Lee Sproles Ortego
May 29, 1949 – March 18, 2021
Arrangements TBA

NATCHITOCHES:
Sean Revels
June 22, 1968 – April 7, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Earana Varra Metoyer
December 13, 1928 – April 02, 2021
Service: Friday April 9 at 11 am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Natchitoches

Elizabeth Dean Vercher Trichel
March 04, 1940 – April 01, 2021
Service: Friday, April 9 at 10 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Henry Jernigan
April 5, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Mitchell Clark
April 2, 2021
Service: Saturday, April 10 at 11 am in the Rock Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Ajax

Daniel Haig Kitishian
May 10, 1949 – April 03, 2021
Service: Saturday, April 10 at 1 pm at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Amos Payton Jr.
April 4, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Troy Jackson, Jr.
August 19, 1954 – March 30, 2021
Service: Saturday, April 10 at 11 am at Central Baptist Church in Robeline

Van Thomas Barker, Jr.
January 03, 1945 – December 26, 2020
Service: Friday, April 9 from 5-6:30 pm in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

SABINE:
Roy Mitchell
February 17, 1945 – April 7, 2021
Service: Saturday, April 10 at 2 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel

Edna Leone
February 17, 1927 – April 6, 2021
Service: Saturday, April 10 at 11 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church

Rayford Monroe McComic Sr.
January 28, 1940 – April 2, 2021
Service: Friday, April 9 at 2 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel


WPSB Superintendent Steve Bartlett Announces Retirement

During the “Superintendent Comments” at the Winn Parish School Board (WPSB) Meeting last night, WPSB Superintendent Steve Bartlett announced his retirement at the end of the 2021 school year.

Bartlett read aloud a prepared letter to the Winn Parish School Board.

April 6, 2021

To: Winn Parish School Board

This document is to inform that I will be retiring from the Winn Parish School System effective June 30, 2021. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity and pleasure to serve Winn Parish as district superintendent since July 2000. My tenure as an educator culminates with 47 years of continuous service. I’ve been blessed as a classroom teacher, ag teacher, assistant principal, principal, instructional supervisor, and 21 years as superintendent. I thank this Board for the privilege of working together harmoniously for the children of Winn Parish. I have shared often with my superintendent colleagues throughout Louisiana the positive relationships I have had with “my Board” and our having worked together to improve education services for children. Also, it has been my good fortune to work with a tremendously capable group of educators including teachers, principals, and supervisors, and a support staff second to none. I want to acknowledge the Winn Parish central office staff who have worked tirelessly and with great expe1iise and talent in my support. The central office staff hold tough jobs that require creative talents to find solutions that cannot be found in any textbook or manual. I respect each of these individuals and have enjoyed working with them on a daily basis.

I am optimistic about my retirement and the eventual next phase of my life, but I am saddened about the departing from colleagues and friends that I have worked with so closely. I retire at this time knowing that I have given my best to Winn Parish schools, it’s families, children, and staff. My tenure as an educator will forever be a significant part of who I am.

Again, thank you for the opportunity to serve and the support that you have provided to me and my family. I wish only the best for Winn Parish Schools and look forward to learning of the new heights that you will accomplish in the future.

Sincerely,
Steve Bartlett

“I have worked with six boards during my twenty years as Superintendent, some excellent school board members. We haven’t always agreed but you’re not always supposed to in order to get where you’re supposed to be. It’s been an honor, it really has.” said Bartlett.

Following Bartlett’s announcement, the WPSB moved to start advertising immediately for Bartlett’s replacement.

Steve Bartlett, WPSB Superintendent reads retirement announcement