Second finalist for EBR superintendent


POSTED: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 9:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 9:04pm

The formal interview capped off the day for East Baton Rouge superintendent candidate, Bernard Taylor. Facing members of the school board, Taylor said his experience as superintendent of schools in Kansas City, and Grand Rapids, Michigan has prepared him for the top spot in East Baton Rouge.

"I am not here looking for a job. I'm looking for an opportunity to serve," Taylor said. "And I would not be in front of you, if I didn't believe I had the skills and ability."

The public showed up in small numbers -- possibly deterred by bad weather -- but the entire School Board questioned Taylor on a range of issues related to being superintendent.

"What do you see as the three most challenging things facing the superintendent in EBR?" asked board member Jerry Arbour.

Taylor said that student achievement, fiscal stability, and community partnerships are top priorities facing the district.

"Most important is to be engaged. Highly engaged with the broader community," Taylor said. "Whether residents have children in schools or not, because everyone has to be invested in a school district."

It was an eventful day for Taylor. He met with Board of Education leaders, community memebers, and was given a guided tour of some schools, including Westdale Middle.

The School Board could make a final decision at their meeting Thursday.

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