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Harsh Critic Turned Public Education Advocate to Speak at CenturyLink Center
Posted 12/20/18

Flier for Jamie Vollmer presentation at 8 a.m. Monday, January 7 at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier CityWhat do blueberries have to do with public education? Everything, as respected businessman and attorney Jamie Vollmer learned after being taken to task by a teacher after he vocally condemned public schools.

Once a harsh critic, Vollmer is now an award-winning champion of public education and author of the highly acclaimed book, Schools Cannot Do It Alone, and creator of the video series “The Great Conversation.” He will be speaking at 8:00 a.m. Monday, January 7 at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City and I would like to personally extend this invitation for you to attend.

Why, you ask? Because we need your support to create a community-wide climate that supports student achievement. It is no secret public education is under attack, including right here in Bossier Parish. The increased expectations and federal and state mandates heaped onto today's public school educator are mind boggling, especially when compared to just a decade or two ago. It is no wonder fewer are going into the teaching profession and others are making early exits.

Using his own transformation as a backdrop, Jamie Vollmer will speak directly to our civic and elected leaders, business owners and community stakeholders about the challenges facing our children and schools and make a powerful case to increase community support.

All I ask of community leaders and stakeholders is for 45 minutes of your time, although you are welcome to stay longer. Mr. Vollmer will conclude his community presentation at 8:45 a.m., then continue speaking with every employee at Bossier Schools during an in-service.

Admission is free, though you are asked to RSVP your attendance to Public Relations Liaison Sonja Bailes at by January 4, 2019.    

I look forward to you joining us for this critical conversation that will help determine the course public education takes in Bossier Parish and for you to hear Jamie Vollmer’s “blueberry story” that turned this harsh critic into a fierce advocate.  




~Scott Smith

Superintendent, Bossier Schools