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The Webster Parish School Board operates from offices at 1442 Sheppard Street in Minden, Louisiana.

Webster Parish School Board is a school district headquartered in Minden in northwestern Louisiana, United States. The district operates public schools in Webster Parish.

The district is governed by an elected and compensated school board. Daniel R. Rawls begins duties as superintendent on January 7, 2014.[1] In 2017, Johnny Rowland, Jr., was unanimously chosen by the school board as the superintendent to succeed Rawls.[2]



Primary schoolsEdit



  • Brown Upper Elementary School (Springhill)

PK and 6

  • Philips Middle School (Minden)


  • J. E. Harper Elementary School (Minden) opened in 1971 as a "new concept" school with one large open space without separate classroom and doors. Joe Windham, the former elementary school supervisor, became the first Harper principal.[3]
  • Jones Elementary School (Minden)
  • E.S. Richardson Elementary School (Minden), grades 4 and 5
  • William G. Stewart Elementary School (Minden), closed and razed in 2011
  • Union Elementary School (Doyline), closed 2011

Secondary schoolsEdit


  • North Webster Jr. High School (Sarepta)


  • Webster Junior High School (Minden)





  • Hope Youth Ranch (Evergreen Community), closed
  • Webster Parish Achievement Center (Minden)

Notable employeesEdit

The three most recent state representatives from Webster Parish, Everett Doerge (1992-1998), Jean Doerge (1998-2012), and Gene Reynolds (since 2012), were all formerly employed by the Webster Parish School Board.

At least two other previous state representatives, J. J. Carter and Parey Branton, were former members of the Webster Parish School Board; Branton, a board president.

Dorothy Garrett Smith, a WPSB member from 1971 to 1987, was from 1989 until her death in 1990 the first woman president of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.[4]

Former superintendent E. S. Richardson was from 1936 to 1941 the president of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston.

Former board president William G. Stewart was the namesake of the former William G. Stewart Elementary School, which operated in Minden from 1949 to 2011.[5]


  1. ^ "Jeri Bloxom, Superintendent signs two-year contract". Minden Press-Herald. Retrieved December 28, 2013.
  2. ^ "Johnny Rowland named Webster schools superintendent". Minden Press-Herald. June 19, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "New J. E. Harper School to Present New Concept," Minden Press-Herald, June 9, 1971, p. 1.
  4. ^ "Heart Attack Claims Dorothy Smith", Minden Press-Herald, August 9, 1990, p. 1
  5. ^ ""William Green Stewart" in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana". Chicago and Nashville, Tennessee: The Southern Publishing Company. 1890. Retrieved March 14, 2015.

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