Community members say, the next EBR School Superintendent should understand the students

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Tuesday night, East Baton Rouge School District opened the discussion to the public, asking what they want in a new superintendent.

“Someone who is willing to take on the hard questions.”

People said, there are several characteristics they would like to see, but finding someone who understands the children is a top priority.

“I feel in my heart, if they don’t come in knowing where we come from. They can’t help us to get where we need to go and again, I’m speaking specifically for our children.”

Wendy Daniels said, she agrees the new Superintendent should understand the culture but not dwell on it.

“It’s important to understand the culture but not to be bound by the culture of Baton Rouge. I mean, we see what we’ve done so far, has some flaws and if you feel like you’re restricted by the existing culture. You might not be willing to make the decision that are necessary to take us to the next level” said Daniels.

Throughout the evening, people voiced their concerns about the future of the district.

“The questions that were asked tonight were authentic and needed to be asked” said School Board Members, Dadrius Lanus.

While the search gets underway, people say they’ll have to wait and see if the public’s input really matters.

“Do you think that you guys accomplished what you came here for tonight? I’m not sure, time will tell.”

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