From the Desk of the Superintendent
Red River Parish Schools… New Look… New Opportunities…New Directions for students and the community!
In our parish, we are creating a central hub of exciting opportunities and expanding directions for all students. Just look around. We have been in a dynamic building expansion for more than two years. By the end of the 2022 school year, we will have created new sporting facilities for the entire parish to be proud to call their own. We will have a state-of-the-art vocational facility that will house the same opportunities as any of the surrounding technical colleges. We will have a creative arts/music facility to expand our possibilities for students and the community. We will also have at least one outdoor classroom completed on the Jr. High/High School complex.
Not only have the facilities seen a tremendous change, but our calendar and our opportunities to address the needs of all of our students have been transformed. No longer will we have to wait for summer school or after school to offer opportunities to address lost/unfinished learning. Now we can offer immediate help to students during intersession times. These intersessions will also allow students to enjoy enriching activities such as drama, art, sports, music, vocational internships, and stem activities.
Our directions for students and the community are also evolving. Students in High School now have the opportunity to finish school with an expanded transcript of dual enrollment courses, vocational certifications, and job opportunities. Jr High students will begin opportunities for foreign language, art and music enrichment, and introduction to vocational opportunities. Our elementary students will have Accelerated Reader competitions, foreign language enrichment, art and music, and they will have the most up-to-date technology for individual use. In the midst of all of this change, we also created a one-of-a-kind academic alternative school that accelerates learning for students who have traditionally struggled in school. We are a shining star for the entire state to follow when creating alternative programs.
Pride in Red River Parish Schools starts here at home. We have created a look, direction, and opportunities for our entire parish to be proud. Come take a look. Join your child’s PTO. Volunteer in our schools. Attend a sporting event. Embrace the change. All of this is for our community and our most important resources; our children.
Life in Red River
Red River Parish was established in 1871 during the reconstruction period while Henry Clay Warmoth was governor. Our beautiful area is named after the Red River and is located between Natchitoches and Shreveport. The community originated as supplies were transported up the Red River from New Orleans toward Shreveport. The Red River became well known, and settlers began to locate along its banks in what is now known as Red River Parish.
The parish first organized a public school system around the turn of the 20th century with John Teer as the first Superintendent. He was succeeded by Alden H Horton, and then Mr. A. L. Sigler became the next Superintendent.
In the 1920’s, the common school system was still in its beginning stages. The Springville Academy, private schools of Coushatta, and other points afforded many opportunities for acquiring a good education, although almost every small community offered its own school. It has been documented that the schools were: Coushatta, Carroll, Salt Springs, East Point, Martin, Hall Summit, Carroll Creek, Woodrow, Harvey, Bayou Lachute, Corley, Halfway, Armistead, Union Hall, Westdale, Social Springs, Methvin, Rawls, Liberty, Gahagan, Keith Springs, Lake End, Holly Springs, Hickory Grove, Hanna, Harmon, Grand Bayou, East Point, Crossroads, Dry creek, and Crooked Bayou.
Most of the schools listed were elementary learning institutions, and pupils had to board in Coushatta to attend high school. As the infrastructure of the parish roads improved, the district combined those schools into community schools at Coushatta, Hall Summit, Hanna (1980), and Martin, no longer utilizing the remaining schools. Although Coushatta had the largest student population, the community schools at Hall Summit and Martin continued to thrive. Finally, toward the end of the 20th century, a bond proposal was instituted, restructuring all the remaining schools in the district into one elementary school, one junior high, and one high school. This consolidation was complete, and all students moved to the current sites in January of 2002.
Today, the district is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation that includes new construction at the junior high school, revitalization at the high school, and a new sports complex. You will find more information on the growth of Red River Parish School District under the “School Board” links on this website.