EBR Schools plans to improve the district and is receiving feedback from the community

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools is looking to improve the district with its new strategic plan.

The plan was first drafted in February and now the district’s stakeholders are weighing in before a final draft is completed.

The plan was presented during a community meeting at Scotlandville Magnet High School Tuesday evening.

Superintendent Sito Narcisse said the plan will serve as a guide to help the district meet its goals.

“This is kind of our road map on how we are going to get to get our system to not only service the families we want to service, but also make people feel like this is our approach on how we want to develop and do work to help kids and families to feel better and choose us around how they can get their kids to get to their hopes and dreams,” said Narcisse.

The current plan includes dedicated strategy teams that will meet monthly to review progress and make course corrections where needed on the district initiative work plans.

“When it comes to educating our children, parents, as well as the educators, should be on one accord. Collaboration is needed that way it’s not a one size fits all approach,” said a parent.

Courtesy: East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools

The plan also includes a 75% increase in passage rates on Advanced Placement exams, doubling the number of second graders who read on grade-level and an increase in job applications for open positions and four cornerstones to monitor how they progress.

“The same way kids get a grade to see how they perform in class. It’s the same kind of concept, except we’re doing that as a community,” said Narcisse.

Tuesday’s community meeting allowed everyone to come in, hear about the plan and provide feedback.

“Strategic planning is more than just words on a paper. There has to be action to actually be a part of the strategy to see the outcomes that you placed on this plan,” said East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools Board Member Tramelle Howard.

People were able to break into small groups, intimately engage and get more information.

Parents said it feels good to be heard.

“You’re hearing what other people have to say and everyone is bringing something to the table and then we can build from there,” said a parent.

COMMITMENTS IN ACTION
• Improve participation and responses to customer service satisfaction surveys.
• Increase the amount of active PTA/PTO groups and parental engagement at school events.
• Streamline district services and operations to improve district interactions and experiences.
• Modernize district software and resources to provide consistent, effective and multilingual communications.
• Provide guidance, resources and support to schools to assist with recruitment and retention efforts.

INITIATIVES
• Making every point of contact a welcoming experience.
• Increasing family engagement to support classroom success.
• Developing and implementing a student recruitment plan.

See the full Strategic Plan: Click Here

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