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Fort Polk Progress is confident that the Vernon Parish School District can withstand the scrutiny called for by Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno in an Oct. 31 article published by the Army Times. In the article, Odierno said the Army would soon begin evaluating the performance of public schools near its installations in order to pressure officials to make improvements. "We have to identify those schools that are under-performing, whether it be elementary schools, middle schools or high schools," Odierno is quoted as saying in the article as he addresses a family forum at the Association of the U.S. Army's annual meeting. "I've actually asked for an evaluation of every school outside of every Army installation." Odierno made it very clear that the evaluations would be part of the criteria in future force structure decisions.