BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board
voted Dr. Sito Narcisse as the next Superintendent of East Baton Rouge Parish Schools.

The board members who voted for Narcisse were Evelyn Ware-Jackson, Michael Gaudet, Jill Dyason, Mark Bellue, and Dadrius Lanus.

Narcisse is currently the Chief of Secondary schools in Washington D.C. His appointment came as a surprise to some, because many expected interim superintendent adam smith to get the role full time.

Smith is a 24-year veteran of the school system who has risen through the ranks in EBR.

Some questioned narcisse’s experience, as he only has three years of teaching experience. Louisiana law requires you to have five to be superintendent.

“That is not that big of a deal though, because the alternative to that is to hire a chief academic officer who can have those qualifications and can have the certification to be a superintendent,” Mike Gaudet, EBR school board president, said.

Other board members, including Dadrius Lanus, say they voted for Narcisse because the parish needs a change.

“We need leadership that’s going to drive us down the right path,” Lanus said.

Narcisse released a statement saying:

“I am both humbled and elated to have received the support of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board and to have the opportunity to serve the students and families of this school district. I am honored to be trusted with this life-changing work and to collaborate with an amazing team committed to being the leadership our students deserve,” said Narcisse.

Narcisse is expected to start as soon as possible.