BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Chelsea Schilling and her family members made some final touches Sunday on Schilling's newly renovated sixth grade English classroom at Brookstown Middle Magnet School. The addition of Brookstown Magnet is part of some major additions and changes for the East Baton Rouge School System this year.
“We are very excited, everybody is excited about the start of a new school year,” said Keith Bromery, Director of Communications for the school system.
Bromery says along with the opening of Brookstown Magnet the system is expanding its foreign language immersion program at schools like Polk Elementary.
“It really provides something that attracts kids and keeps them interested and keeps them engaged along with the regular studies,” added Bromery.
State Representative Ted James and a number of businesses teamed up to provide some new haircuts and hand out school supplies and uniforms to families in need. James says it's an effort that goes a long way to help students be prepared for the new year.
“In order for our school system to continue to grow we need number one strong people inside schools but we need strong community support. this shows how out community supports our school system and that's why everyone is here to make sure kids have the tools they need to be successful,” said James.
Bromery says growth and improvement has been the calling card for the district the last several years.
“We have seen incremental student academic performance improvement over the past seven years. we have seen the number of 'F' schools drop. We have seen the number of A,B,C, D schools increase. That's the kind of thing you want to see over time,” said Bromery.
Local drivers will also need to be ready for the start of the new school year with law enforcement agencies promising to be out on Monday in East Baton Rouge Parish strictly enforcing school speed zone laws.