The superintendent of East Baton Rouge School System spoke at the Press Club Monday afternoon.
Superintendent Warren Drake kept pushing to debut a new school in the 70805 area, which is one of the city's high crime areas.
"Education is the answer to crime. We have to educate our kids," said Drake. "The better educated our kids are, the less crime they're gonna commit. I'm a big believer in early childhood education.
"I think the state should have universal pre-K. EBR, in particular, should have universal Pre-K. The earlier we get to our kids, in our schools, the better off we're gonna be."
Drake wants to use the Istrouma High building that was closed a couple of years ago. It would require refurbishing, but Drake said it will be a high school with all the trimmings such as sports, arts, clubs, and extra curricular activities.