BRAC Releases East Baton Rouge Parish Schools Superintendent Search Priorities

Business community urges EBR School Board members to hire visionary new leader

Baton Rouge, LA (June 7, 2024) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber today released its priorities for the next East Baton Rouge Parish School System Superintendent as the East Baton Rouge School District embarks on the search for a new Superintendent. 

“The next superintendent of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System should be a beacon of innovation and commitment, driving our schools toward unprecedented educational success,” said Ann Trappey, BRAC interim president and CEO. “As a partner of the school district and an organization with a vested interest in the success of our students, BRAC implores the members of the EBR School Board to hire a visionary new leader.” 

BRAC’s Priorities for the Next EBRPSS Superintendent: 

  • Give Autonomy in Leadership: The superintendent should be free to make key personnel and financial decisions without micromanagement. This autonomy will facilitate quick, responsive actions to meet the needs of our schools and foster a culture of accountability and excellence among staff. 
  • Expand Early Childhood Education: Prioritize the expansion of universal Pre-K-3 programs to ensure every child in our district receives a strong foundation in their critical early years. Early childhood education is essential for cognitive, emotional, and social development, setting the stage for lifelong learning and success. 
  • Prioritize Industry Certifications and Dual Enrollment: Expand opportunities for students to earn valuable industry certifications and increase their participation in dual enrollment programs. These initiatives give students advanced skills, and a significant head start in higher education and career fields. 
  • Increase Workforce Development Pathways: Enhance curricular pathways that lead to high-wage, high-demand careers. By aligning our curriculum with the needs of the regional market, we can prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow, ensuring they have the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in a competitive economy. 
  • Bolster Work-Based Learning: Increase the availability of paid, work-based learning opportunities. By doing so, students can gain real-world experience, develop technical skills, and understand workplace dynamics, all while contributing economically to their own lives and the community. 
  • Continue Partnerships with Business and Industry: Expand and maintain commitment to significant alliances, such as the Talent Action Collaborative. These collaborations help align our educational strategies with the practical needs of the workforce and ensure that our programs support economic and personal growth. 
  • Re-think Facility Management: Actively manage school facilities to ensure they are utilized efficiently. Unused and underutilized properties should be repurposed to benefit the community as centers of community services or neighborhood development projects. 
  • Expand School Choice and Quality Options: Enhance the availability and quality of school choices available to families within the district. Providing diverse educational options ensures students can find and thrive in an environment that best suits their learning styles and aspirations. 
  • Apply Rigorous Accountability: Establish and uphold a strict accountability regime that ensures all schools and leaders achieve and maintain high standards. Regular assessments and transparent reporting should be standard; continuously driving decisions to improve educational outcomes. 
  • Deepen Stakeholder Engagement: Commit to prioritizing stakeholder input and responding attentively to the needs and concerns of all community members. This involves regular dialogue with parents, students, teachers, and business and community leaders to ensure the district’s policies and practices reflect the diverse voices and experiences of those it serves. 

About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber   

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) is a regional economic development organization with a bias for action. BRAC seeks to push Baton Rouge beyond the status quo, unleash its potential, and support a vibrant business community that believes the finish line does not exist. BRAC seeks to accelerate economic opportunity in the Baton Rouge Area, for everyone, through BRING IT! Baton Rouge, its five-year, regional strategic plan. Learn more about BRAC at brac.org

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