Parents reaction to EBR superintendent choice

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 8:57pm

Members of the East Baton Rouge School Board were smiling, happy they've finally agreed upon a candidate to head the second largest school district in the state.

"I believe we'll see tremendous progress in the months to come," said Board President Barbara Freiberg.

But for parents like Pearl Porter, the happy feeling, wasn't mutual.

"I don't know how anybody from out of state, can come in here and help us," Porter said. "That's my thing."

After settling on Bernard Taylor as new superintendent, the board puts behind them a long, and at times controversial process, searching for the next head of schools.

"It's time to move forward," said Board Vice President Tarvald Smith.

The Board's decision was unanimous. A show of unity rarely seen during the process. Noel Hammatt is an ex-board member, and said the unity is a good thing.

"Come together and actually work together for good of all children," Hammatt said.

There has been no start date for set for Taylor. He got the news while back home in Michigan.

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