School officials say Webster Parish is leading the state in implementing its Jump Start Initiative, a program designed to give high school students vocational skill sets to go to work.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dan Rawls says he was at a recent meeting with the state department on the Jump Start Initiative, and Webster Parish was singled out as leading the way.

“In that initiative, they used us as the poster child I guess you might say,” he said. “They said, ‘You have districts that have embraced Jump Start and then you have those who just took off running.’ And they said

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