POSTED: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 3:31pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 4:00pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The East Baton Rouge School District has had problems reaching academic excellence, but now its future seems bright. Parents are thrilled about the direction the district is headed now that new changes and reforms have been announced.
The district is reforming. Lee High will transform into a magnet school, and each campus is using technology to help bridge learning programs in the classroom.
With these new opportunities, parents say their children's future looks better than ever.
"It sounds like were heading in the right direction," Lisa Teer, a Baton Rouge parent, said.
Teer is a mother of two children who are already in magnet school programs in the East Baton Rouge School District, but she says these new innovations affect her just as much as anyone else.
"It affects crime. It affects taxes and what our kids are going to be doing in 10 or 20 years. It just affects us all," she said.
As doors open for students, eyes and ears are opening for parents of the 40,000 children in East Baton Rouge, as four new magnet programs become available next year.
“I’m an advocate for a good educational system for our kids regardless of their background,” said another parent, Mary Juneau.
And along with the new magnets, classrooms are using technology to blend online and traditional learning. The district is coming up with specialized programs to help struggling students reach their potential.
And a major part of these new reforms are the parents themselves.
“Actually taking the ideas and used them to sculpt these new school ideas,” noted Juneau.” I feel honored as a parent and valued."
Next year's changes include the Belfair Montessori program, which will expand to 6th grade. Lee High school will be an open enrollment as a dedicated magnet school. Delmont will become a dedicated Pre-K and Kindergarten center. And Mayfair will be reconfigured and all students will have the option of applying to other magnet programs. It will start as K through 2nd and expand in the future.