EBR Parish school leaders meet for retreat

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The future of East Baton Rouge Parish schools was up for discussion Saturday during a retreat among school system leaders.

"Not everybody's going to agree," Supt. Warren Drake said. "The ground rule is respect. You don't always have to agree with each other, but I think you always have to respect each other. And if we can do that, everybody gets their ideas out. When the final plan is made, we all support it and move forward."

The meeting was the second among several for system leaders to get feedback on ideas for improving the school district.

Among the topics were reconfiguring several schools and even closing or merging a few.

For example, system leaders discussed the future of Istrouma High School, which is slated to open in spring of 2018 and incorporate students from Brookstown Middle Magnet.

Leaders also mulled closing White Hills Elementary next year and leaving Howell Park Elementary students at the Claiborne Elementary site.

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