BAKER, La. (BRPROUD) — The City of Baker School System Board named James T. Stroder the new district superintendent.

Stroder has served as the interim since July 1 and is set to step into his permanent position on Jan. 1, 2024.

According to a news release from the district, he brings more than 25 years of experience in education, including more than 16 years as a superintendent and previous work as a principal and assistant principal. He started working as the supervisor of K-12 curriculum and instruction for the Baker system in July 2021.

“I am very enthusiastic and passionate about my life’s calling which is education and it is an honor to serve the community of Baker as their Superintendent. I believe that every child is an individual, unique in the entire world. They have a soul, an eternal destiny, and a special purpose on this earth. It is our job as educators to put everything we are capable of into helping them find it.”

James T. Stroder

Board President Joyce Burges said, “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to CoBSS that has already proven to be beneficial for our teachers, staff, and students. Since taking over as interim superintendent we have seen some very positive and significant strides including our district’s performance scores.”

“I would like to personally congratulate Mr. Stroder on his appointment as the City of Baker School System Superintendent. I look forward to working with you. Together, we can move the City of Baker School System and the City of Baker forward.”

Mayor Darnell Waites