Bossier Parish School Board will host a virtual forum at 4:30 p.m. today for candidates running for the
vacant District 4 seat on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and invites the public to
watch and learn more about their stance on public education.
All five candidates have confirmed their participation: Shelly McFarland, Michael Melerine, John
Milkovich, Cody Whitaker and Dr. Cassandra “Cassie” Williams. District 4 covers 10 parishes in
northwestern Louisiana: Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Desoto, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine, Vernon,
Webster and Winn.
Each candidate will be asked the same questions submitted by employees of Bossier Schools and
representatives on the Bossier Parish School Board. The forum will be streamed to the Bossier
Parish School Board YouTube page and can be watched live or recorded at
The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is an elected executive agency of the
Louisiana state government, responsible for managing the state’s public K-12 education system.
Early voting is currently underway and will continue through March 13. The special election will be
held March 20.