BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The new leader of the East Baton Rouge School System is not taking a failing grade on the state report card lying down.
Superintendent Warren Drake said part of the solution is improving the foundation of each school.
Construction crews are moving dirt on a brand new, state of the art Lee High School. Next fall, students and teachers will get a fresh start. The campus is also opening its doors to local business and industry.
"It's going to be a research-based school with biomedical, digital arts, internships from LSU. We have a tremendous partnership with LSU," Drake said.
The EBR School System, in recent years, also poured a lot of work into Baton Rouge Magnet High School. The Blue Ribbon School got an upgrade and has been recognized many times for its academic achievements. Dr. Drake said, while not all schools in EBR have gone through major renovations, all 87 campuses were polished before the first bell rang this school year.
"I think there is a difference in the way our facilities look now. We partnered with Aramark and had some other outside organizations to come in and help us," Drake said.
He said the goal is to provide a better learning environment, find out what is needed inside the classrooms, and provide teachers with the tools they need to help students improve standardized test scores. Drake said a recent academic audit will be used as a guide to excellence.
"That's an immediate focus, but when we look at kids who are basic we need to get them to the next level to make them more efficient," Drake said.
Drake added now that students know what to expect on Partnership Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing, they will be better prepared.
Lee High is expected to be completed by February 2016. The school is accepting applications through December 5, 2015.