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Photo of Bossier Mayor and Bossier High principal cutting ribbonBossier High School and the City of Bossier City scored a touchdown Tuesday, June 12 when the ribbon was snipped to celebrate the completion of a new artificial turf football field.

“Everyday is a great day to be a Bearkat, but especially today,” remarked Bossier High Principal David Thrash to a crowd in the stands sporting the school’s colors of green and white.

Head Coach Michael Concilio called it a “home win” for everyone involved -- the school system, city and community -- and thanked Mayor Lo Walker for including Bossier High in his vision for downtown revitalization efforts.

As part of a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement, Bossier Schools swapped two buildings it owned in the downtown area but was no longer using in exchange for the City of Bossier City funding the artificial turf field. As part of the agreement, Mayor Walker said he is looking forward to concerts and other public events being held year-round at the stadium.

“It is an extension of the revitalization efforts that are continuing to be made in downtown and yet another way Bossier City is enhancing our community’s overall quality of life,” added Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith.

After the ceremony, members of the Bearkat football team got their first feel on the turf during a 7-on-7 championship game. The switch to kick off Friday night lights will officially be flipped on for the 2018-19 school year when Bossier High hosts the Freshman Jamboree at 4:30 p.m. August 23.

Posted 6/13/18

Group photo of grant winnersThe Bossier Optimist Club has continued its commitment to educational excellence and successful student outcomes at Bossier Schools by awarding $28,000 in grant money to 15 teachers for classroom enhancements and programming.

In all, 65 Bossier Parish educators submitted grant proposals detailing various initiatives to improve classroom learning and increase student engagement. Monetary awards, ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 each, were doled out at a June 6 luncheon hosted in the teachers’ honor by the Optimists.

Recipients of this year’s Bossier Optimist Club grants are: Lea Anne Nelson, Curtis Elementary; Marissa Marrero, Sun City Elementary; Jessica Armstrong, Britney Bass and Angi Reger, Legacy Elementary; Lindsay Burns, Plantation Park Elementary; Joanna Racouillat, Meadowview Elementary; Shelly Malone, Benton Middle; Rebekah Gibbs, Elm Grove Middle; Kelly Birdsong and Charlene Cooper, Cope Middle; Beauchamp Powers, Haughton Middle; Hannah Hagerhjelm, Airline High; and Linda Finimore and Karyn Lipsey, Airline High.

Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith praised the Bossier Optimist Club for consistently living up to its motto ‘Friend of Youth’ and putting its money where its mouth is.

“The Bossier Optimist Club is a true friend and partner to Bossier Schools,” Smith said. “The Optimists understand the importance of investing in our teachers and students in an effort to help them achieve success and that, in turn, benefits our entire community in countless ways.” 

The Optimists began awarding grants to Bossier Parish teachers in 1988 and to date has funded more than $459,000 in classroom enhancements. Each week, club members work Bingo games to raise money specifically for this grant program.

Posted 6/6/18

Group photo of Haughton Marksmanship TeamSure as shooting, the Haughton High School Marksmanship Team had a bang-up competition year.

Only in their fifth year of formation, the team not only had its sights set on competing at the National Championship Air Rifle competition, but also made its mark at four National and one State Championship contest.

The team is comprised of Team Commander Aaron Jones, Deputy Commander Steven Barfield, Michael Roe, Haylee Ritter and Brandon Moll.

Here is a rundown of the HHS Marksmanship Team’s accomplishments in 2017-18, under the direction of Col. Tony Zucco:

  • Aaron Jones, Steven Barfield and Michael Roe qualified last summer for 4-H Nationals in Nebraska, where their team finished in the top 50-percent of the finalists in the nation.
  • In February, the team earned runner-up in the Louisiana 3-position Air Rifle State Championships, missing 1st place by only six points out of over 2,000 points scored
  • All five team members then competed in the Air Force JROTC National Championship in Alabama for the first time and ranked 15th overall, finishing 4th in the nation.
  • Steven Barfield finished 3rd in the national finals as an individual.
  • Aaron Jones, Steven Barfield, Michael Roe and Haylee Ritter competed in the All-Military Service JROTC Championships in Ohio and finished 3rd in Air Force JROTC.
  • At the NRA JROTC  National Championship, they earned 1st place in the Air Force JROTC as a team and Steven Barfield earned 1st place overall.
  • Finally, the team competed in the American Legion Air Rifle Postal Championship Program and Haylee Ritter emerged as one of the top 15 sport air rifle marksman out of over 800 competitors in the nation. That earned her an invitation to the Legion National Championships at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs this summer.

Congratulations to the HHS Marksmanship Team. What a fantastic year that continues to be right on target.

Posted 5/29/18

Photo of Deputy Lonadier with Bossier Sheriff and Louisiana s GovernorBenton High's School Resource Officer found himself in Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards' company last week in Baton Rouge where he was named the "Deputy of the Year" by the Louisiana Sheriff's Association, an organization that represents nearly 14,000 deputy sheriffs statewide. 

Deputy Lonadier was selected for his selfless service and his passion for leading and mentoring the youth of Bossier Parish. Lonadier is a retired Deputy Chief from the Bossier City Fire Department and has been a SRO at Benton for two years and has nearly five years of service with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office.

“I really didn’t expect it, but it was quite an honor,” said Dep. Lonadier. “There are so many deputies who need to be recognized, but I’m real glad to represent the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and the people of Bossier Parish.”

Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington says it is easy to see why Lonadier was selected.

“Deputy Lonadier is caring and shows compassion as an SRO, and his commitment in working after hours on his own time with the students at ball games and fishing events makes him special,” said Sheriff Whittington. “You can’t train someone with that, you can’t pay them enough money…they just have to want to do it.”

As an SRO, Deputy Lonadier goes above and beyond his required duties by volunteering as a Boat Captain for the Benton High School Fishing Team, volunteering for batting practice for the softball team, and attending all extracurricular activities, even when he is not on duty. He is known for his proactive efforts in maintaining a positive rapport with students, parents, and community members.

“I think putting yourself in the students' shoes and remembering what it was like it in high school is important,” said Dep. Lonadier.  “You care about them, whether at school or away from school. You need to be genuinely honest with them, and they can sense when someone is simply going through the motions.”

Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith said it is Lonadier’s commitment to keeping the Benton High campus safe and building relationships with the students that make such a difference.

“Deputy Lonadier is the epitome of what one would envision the LSA Deputy Sheriff of the Year being,” Superintendent Smith said.  “As School Resource Officer at Benton High, Deputy Lonadier makes student safety his top priority while, at the same time, building those important relationships and earning their trust. That is critical to fostering a safe campus environment. His efforts go far beyond school hours, though.  Deputy Lonadier invests his personal time sponsoring the school’s fishing club, serving as a positive role model and mentor to teens. This is just one ideal of many he possesses and why we at Bossier Schools are thrilled Deputy Lonadier is being recognized at the state level.”

Deputy Lonadier also goes out of his way to help in times of crisis. Particularly, last year, he spent his own time assisting in locating a pair of runaway twin boys. His relationship with these boys continued after they were found, as he was asked to serve as their mentor in the Camp Minden Youth Challenge Program. This involved not only spending his spare hours mentoring, but also volunteer hours of training before participating in the program, all of which he did without hesitation. This is yet another example of Deputy Lonadier’s selfless service and passion for influencing the youth of Bossier Parish. 

Deputy Lonadier was recognized during a trip to Baton Rouge and a visit to the office of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.  He was also commended on the floors of the Louisiana State Senate and House of Representatives.

While the trip to Baton Rouge was special, Lonadier’s heart and passion to serve lies in Bossier Parish.

“You’re part of the team at Benton High School, and this is a great place,” he said.  “I’m lucky to be here.”

The Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association accepts nominations each year from the state’s 64 sheriffs, and the winners are selected by the Sheriffs’ Awards Committee. The Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association is honored to highlight the meritorious contributions of Louisiana’s professional deputy sheriffs.

The Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association is a bipartisan organization, composed of Louisiana’s 64 sheriffs and nearly 14,000 deputy sheriffs, established to represent Louisiana’s chief law enforcement officers across the state.  The Association’s purpose is to maintain the constitutional authority of the sheriff as chief law enforcement officer, ensure the delivery of first-rate services, and to sponsor legislation that promotes the administration of criminal justice.

“We know all of our deputies are worthy of recognition, but to have Lonadier receive this honor for the entire state of Louisiana speaks highly of our Bossier Sheriff’s Office,” exclaimed Sheriff Whittington.

Posted 5/21/18

Group photo of Kingston Elementary archery teamKingston Elementary hit the bullseye after traveling to Louisville, KY last weekend to participate in the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) 2018 U.S. Eastern National Tournament. They returned to Bossier Parish with the national title and trophy in-hand.

Several teams from Bossier Schools made the trek to Kentucky to take part in four tournaments; the Centershot Ministries’ National Tournament and National IBO/3D tournament and the NASP Eastern National Tournament and Eastern National IBO/3D Tournament.

Once again, Bossier archers were at the top!  Not only did Kingston come home a winner, but so did Benton Elementary and Haughton Middle. The Benton Tigers won first place in the Centershot Nationals in the elementary division and the Haughton Buccaneers captured top honors among middle schools. In addition, Haughton Middle 8th grader Aiden Jones claimed the Middle School Boy 3D National Championship, placing 1st out of 920 archers.  

Now, Kingston and several other Bossier teams are preparing for the World Championship tournament to be held June 7-9 back in Louisville. Congratulations to all of our teams for their outstanding performance!

Here is how each team fared.  Complete results can be found here



NASP Nationals – 200 out of 237 teams.

NASP 3D – 78 out of 105 teams.


NASP Nationals – 109th out of 171 teams.

Benton Elementary

Centershot Nationals - 1st place out of 23 teams. Fourth grader Anna Young, 2nd place and 4th grader Emerson Fite, 10th out of 253 elementary girls. Fifth grader Tyler Pope, 2nd out of 278 elementary boys.

NASP Nationals – 3rd out of 171 teams;  5th grader Tyler Pope placed 6th out of 2,014 elementary boys.

NASP 3D – 2nd out of 67 teams; 5th grader Tyler Pope came in 2nd and 4th grader Mason Hicks, 10th out of 598 elementary boys. Fourth grader Anna Young, 8th out of 496 elementary girls.

Benton Middle

Centershot Nationals - 2nd out of 34 teams.  Seventh grader Emma Rutledge ranked 7th out of 357 middle school girls.

Centershot 3D – 6th grader Cassidy Walters placed 6th out of 153 middle school girls.

NASP Nationals – 5th out of 255 teams;  6th grader Brailey Bishop placed 2nd out of 2,644 middle school girls and 7th out of 6,689 overall girls.

NASP 3D – 3rd out of 108 teams.

Benton High

Sole participant; Abbie Rutledge qualified for Worlds in 3D by placing 21st out of 768 high school girls.


NASP Nationals – 145 out of 255 teams.

Haughton Middle

Centershot Nationals - 1st out of 34 teams; a second team placed 8th; 6th grader Matthew Hollis placed 6th and 7th grader Bradley Johnson came in 10th out of 360 middle school boys.  Sixth grader Taylor Bourn, 10th out of 357 middle school girls.

NASP Nationals – 2nd out of 255 teams; 6th grader Taylor Bourn, 5th out of 2,644 middle school girls; 6th grader Matthew Hollis, 9th out of 2,917 middle school boys.

NASP 3D – 2nd out of 108 teams (their second team placed 32nd).  8th grader Aiden Jones – MIDDLE SCHOOL BOY NATIONAL CHAMPION (1st out of 920) and 3rd place overall boy out of 2,324.

Kingston Elementary

Centershot Nationals - 2nd place out of 23 teams. Fifth grader Thomas Allen placed 6th out of 278 elementary boys; 5th grader Mikayela Sanchez, 10th out of 253 elementary girls.

NASP Nationals – NATIONAL CHAMPIONS – 1st out of 171 teams. Fourth grader Spencer Campbell, 8th and 5th grader Jackson Vickers, 10th out of 2,014 elementary boys. Gilliana Gonzalez, 8th out of 1,652 elementary girls.

NASP 3D – 4th out of 67 teams.


NASP Nationals – 232nd out of 237 teams.


NASP Nationals – 37th out of 171 teams.

NASP 3D – 30th out of 67 teams.


NASP Nationals – 49th out of 171 teams.

Posted 5/16/18

Group photo of Benton High Baseball teamWho are the 4A State Baseball Champions? The Benton High Tigers, that’s who!

The Benton Tigers slugged it out Saturday, May 12 against the Deridder Dragons in the Class 4A State Championship game in Sulphur. The final score: BENTON - 13 and DERIDDER - 2.

Click here for extensive coverage of the game by Russell Hedges with the Bossier Press Tribune.

Geaux Tigers! Congratulations!

Posted 5/14/18

Bossier Schools logoMoving to Bossier Schools? We cannot wait to meet you! Here is what you need to know to make it official.

New student pre-registration will be going on at all school sites from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 25-August 7.

Kindergarten students who did NOT pre-register in April can also do so at their school sites July 25-August 7. Kindergarten registrants must be five years of age on or before September 30, 2018. Screening will take place on one of these dates, August 8-13, and each kindergarten student will attend one full day of school.

All new students, including kindergarten students, must have a certified birth certificate, an up-to-date Louisiana health card and proof of residence. New students in grades 1-2 must bring previous school records.

The first day of school for students in grades 1-12 is Wednesday, August 8. Kindergarten students' first day is Tuesday, August 14.

Welcome to Bossier Schools!

Posted 5/11/18

Photo of Benton High student Cayla OliverWhen the school year ends, Benton High School junior Cayla Oliver will be packing her bags in anticipation of representing Louisiana as a delegate at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders.

The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists chose Oliver to be the state’s sole representative at the symposium being held in late June at UMass Lowell in Lowell, Massachusetts. All delegates are either nominated by their teachers or the Academy based on their academic track record and demonstrated desire to enter the medical profession.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students throughout the United States who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists. After the Congress, the Academy will provide Oliver with a path, plan and mentorship to help attain her goal.  

Congratulations to Cayla Oliver for being chosen for this prestigious honor!

Posted 5/8/18

Photo of TAP Jazz Band musicians on stage at the Apollo TheaterIt was the experience of a lifetime for students in the Talented Arts Program’s Jazz Band. Imagine stepping out on stage at the world-famous Apollo Theater in New York to loud cheers and applause.

That is the memory etched in their minds that these talented Bossier Parish musicians will forever carry with them. Directed by Bossier Schools’ Talented Music Instructor Larry Pierson, Benton High Band Director Evan McCormick and Bossier High Band Director Chris Hand, it was a journey that unfolded in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan April 8. It was also one months in the making as they rehearsed in preparation of bringing Louisiana flavor to the Big Apple.

The TAP Jazz Band played its heart out and received rave reviews. Playing the historic Apollo Theater is an opportunity that does not come about often and is a huge honor. We are so proud of how these young musicians represented Bossier Parish.

Posted 4/9/18

Photo of Kinan Kasabali and Spencer FavorAirline High has received exciting news. Two students have been accepted for recognition in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Spencer Favor (pictured right) and Kinan Kasabili (pictured left) are both juniors. They will go on to next round of competition and will learn in September if they are chosen as National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists.

This is a huge step and honor for Favor and Kasabali. Congratulations to them and best of luck advancing in the next round of the NMSP.

Posted 4/9/18