Superintendent interviews wrap up

Monday, January 23, 2012 - 11:06pm

The East Baton Rouge School Board settled in for another long night, as the last three finalists for the superintendent position took their turns being interviewed Monday, facing questions from not only board members, but also an interested public.

Two finalists have been employed by East Baton Rouge schools.

Maria Pitre-Martin is a Louisiana native from Eunice. She's currently the director of K-12 curriculum in Raleigh, N.C., and said the job would fulfill both personal and professional goals.

"This job opportunity is about that," said Pitre-Martin. "Being able to come back home and knowing that I 'm at a career place to bring skills necessary to do the work."

Tisha Edwards currently serves as the chief of staff for baltimore public schools.

"My job would be to make sure 86 schools in this parish get to high performing quickly," Edwards said.

Herman Brister had the home field advantage, with many showing up to support the man who is currently chief academic officer for East Baton Rouge schools.

"We have 19 schools on the academic watchlist," Brister said. "It's prudent that we take aggressive action and be creative and innovative of how to serve the schools on the list."

The school board went into executive session after the interviews finished Monday to discuss the candidates. A decision should be announced by Wednesday.

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