EBR School Board days away from choosing new Superintendent

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge School Board is expected to announce a finalist for the superintendent position by Thursday, March 22. Interviews are scheduled to begin Tuesday, March 20 for the East Baton Rouge Superintendent candidates.

There are two candidates vying to become the next Superintendent of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. The interview for Maria Pitre-Martin is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20. The interview for Bernard Taylor is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21.

Marie Pitre-Martin was one of the six finalists from the first attempt to find a new superintendent earlier this year. She is the director of K-12 curriculum and instruction for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Bernard Taylor had previously applied for the position.  He is currently the superintendent of Public Schools in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Each candidate will spend the day meeting with community and business members, as well as officials with the State Department of Education. Candidates are expected to visit schools in the district prior to public interviews.

Pietre-Martin will visit Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School and The Dufrocq School on Tuesday. Taylor will visit Westdale Middle School, Tara High School and Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School on Wednesday.

Interviews for each candidate will start at 5 p.m. each day. The public is invited to attend these interviews. Each interview is expected to last two hours. The board will have one hour during the interview to ask questions. The second hour, the public is invited to ask questions of the candidates. The interviews will be held at the IRC building at 1022 South Foster Drive in Baton Rouge.

A special school board meeting has been scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at which time a finalist for the next superintendent should be announced.

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