Breakaway district vows to continue fight
POSTED: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 9:52pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 11:47am
BATON ROUGE (NBC33) — After losing the initial battle to create a new breakaway school district, those behind the effort are vowing the second time around to have a more robust campaign.
"What we want is a world class public school system," said Lionel Rainey III, spokesperson for the group Local Schools for Local Children.
The plan to take ten schools in southeastern parts of East Baton Rouge Parish didn't sit well with EBR school board members, who were excited once the bill was defeated and now look forward to working together to create a stronger, better performing district.
"We want to hear from the community," said EBR School Board President Barbara Freiberg. "There are dedicated parents on both sides of the issue."
Freiberg points to incoming superintendent Bernard Taylor for proof that changes for the better are coming. She said he has a proven track record of innovative ideas and school improvement.
"We have a tremendous opportunity with a new superintendent, who has out of the box thinking," Freiberg said.
But for those most convinced, breaking away is the best answer. They're preparing for another try at next year's session.
"What this has done is energized our base," Rainey said. "More engaged and already underway to bring a more robust plan next session."