Baker School System discusses superintendent's retirement in May

Baker School System set to discuss potentially outgoing superintendent

BAKER, LA (WAFB) - The Baker School System held a special meeting on Tuesday to discuss the current superintendent's retirement.

Superintendent Ulysses Joseph's announcement was made on the heels of the arrest of one of his employees.

A maintenance supervisor is accused of stealing from the district using a school system credit card.

Moments after Emmitt Whitfield was arrested for the third time, the Baker School Board accepted the Superintendent's early retirement, which will go into effect May 28th. Joseph said the timing of his retirement has nothing to do with the ongoing theft investigations.

"I think that a lot of folks would say yes, but no. I simply want that guy caught and taken care of as far as justice is concerned. We turned everything over to the Baker Police," said Joseph.

In fact, Joseph applauded news of Whitfield's most recent arrest. As far as his reasons for leaving early, the Superintendent hinted at a lack of progress in the district.

"We just felt like sometimes things weren't going in the direction we wanted them to go in. I've said that a number of times. When you can't do anything about it, it's time to move on," said Joseph.

The School Board also took the first steps towards finding Joseph's replacement which include forming a search committee and establishing a timeline.

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