EBR superintendent takes helm

Monday, June 18, 2012 - 10:15pm

Bernard Taylor's tenure as superintendent started officially Monday.

"Today is like I thought the first day would be,” Taylor said. “Hit the ground running."

But Taylor was thrown into the weeds weeks ago, having to lead the fight in front of state lawmakers, pleading against a proposed breakaway school district in East Baton Rouge. A fight they ultimately won.

One fight Taylor and the district didn't win was the takeover of six schools by the state's Recovery School District. And over 20 schools are being eyed for takeover by the RSD inside their proposed achievement of north Baton Rouge. Taylor said one goal is to stop the takeovers, and focus achievement, parish-wide.

“Offering quality alternatives and options to families in those areas and throughout the district,” Taylor said. “So that achievement zone is the entire district."

With EBR students being almost 90-percent minority, the eyes of the Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options will be focused on the new guy.

“It's important that we do things to improve quality of education in this community," said Eric Lewis, LaBAEO director. "There are some great programs in the district, but then some pockets where children are stuck in a situation that's not meeting their needs."

Taylor set many goals, but his main focus is student performance.

"Student achievement, student achievement, student achievement,” Taylor said. “It's relationships internal and external and making sure children feel school is a welcoming place."

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