BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – An East Baton Rouge School Board candidate has announced she will not be running for re-election after serving on the school board for more than a decade.

Connie Bernard, the East Baton Rouge School Board candidate for District 8, announced Friday she won’t be on this year’s ballot.

“After serving the students of East Baton Parish and residents of District 8 for the past 12 years as a member of the School Board, I have decided to not seek re-election.  This has been a very difficult decision and I apologize for the unfortunate timing in that my name will continue to be on the November ballot, however, I will not be an active candidate.   It has been a great honor and privilege to serve as your School Board Member during this time. I have worked hard to represent you and to lead improvements for our students and our community, and I will continue to work in your best interest until the end of the term.  I very much appreciate the opportunity you have given me to serve as your representative and will cherish the memories, the many relationships built, your prayers and goodwill extended.”

Connie Bernard, East Baton Rouge School Board District 8

District 8 includes students from Magnolia Woods Elementary, Mayfair Laboratory School, Wildwood Elementary, Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School, and South Baton Rouge Charter Academy.