East Baton Rouge School Board’s budget battle

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Becoming the East Baton Rouge School Board’s Vice President is a dream come true for Baton Rouge native, Tramelle Howard.

“From day one in Ruleville Mississippi and Ruleville public schools, I knew that education was where I needed to be, so I came back to Baton Rouge, started teaching at a school here in Baton Rouge it was like this is what I’m supposed to do.” said Howard, Vice President of the East Baton Rouge School Board.

That dream comes with a daunting task, taking over the position at a time when the board is facing a deficit.

“A lot of the issues that are EBR financially related have been there for quite some time and there have been trends showing we would get to this point.”

Howard said, The board is finding ways to cut back on spending, saying starting at the top is key.

I think there are some contracts we can look at I think there is what some people would consider excess spending that should not be happening. We have a superintendent that’s paid a lot of money and so I think we must start thinking about what we must start doing with our district and how does our top-heavy administrative side work with that.

As the district closes out the current school year, Howard says the board is preparing for a challenge.

I can confirm that there will be layoffs as it relates to the riff. There have been schools who made the tough decisions to let go of specific staff inside of their schools and that particular thing has already happened at some of our schools.

Howard said, though EBR Parish Schools face a difficult decision, their main priorities are the students.

I’ll also be doing everything I can to ensure we are not spending money in excess and that we are bringing in more resources in the classroom.


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