BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The new superintendent of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System gave a district-wide address on Wednesday, welcoming the system's teachers, faculty and staff to a new academic school year.
"Every person is important," Supt. Warren Drake said. "Every person's job will be valued and we want to make sure everyone understands that. Every person, whether you're the teacher, bus driver, cafeteria worker or custodian, it doesn't matter," he said.
All 6,000 EBRSS employees were bused from their respective schools to the Bethany World Prayer Center in Baker for the opening convocation. Drake, who will begin his first academic year as superintendent, said it's important for all school employees to hear, first-hand, his vision for the school year.
"We're all on one team. We all have one mission and that is to educate our children. I think kids need an experience in school that is good for them, whether it's the teacher, the cafeteria person working with them, the custodian, the person cutting the grass, it does not matter," Drake added.
Drake also said the outlook for this academic year looks positive.
"We have some of the finest programs and some of the finest schools in the nation here in East Baton Rouge Parish. I think when people take a look at that, when people really dig into it and look at it, they're going to realize that we're going to be the choice for them," he explained.
Students in East Baton Rouge Parish public schools return to class Thursday.