BATON ROUGE, LA (BRPROUD) – As we kick off a new school year, the new superintendent is working to make this year of firsts a smooth transition for everyone.
As students head back to class, many are not sure what to expect.
“Uncertainty is often part of education. Education changes every single year,” said East Baton Rouge Parish Schools Superintendent Leslie Brown.
That couldn’t be more true for the 2020-2021 school year.
“You can’t shift an organization and leave the community behind. You’ve got to do it together,” Brown said.
Not only are educators figuring out how to teach during a global pandemic, they are also adjusting to new leadership. Leslie Brown was elected Superintendent of East Baton Rouge schools in June. During her campaign she knew this year would be a challenge, but she persevered, focusing on three core values.
“One is the continuity of education. We can not stop educating children. The second one is absolutely the health and safety, those two are actually interchangeable, so the healthy and safety of students and the health and safety of staff will always absolutely drive how I approach anything that hits this school district,” Brown said.
EBR schools are also starting the semester completely online, another first for the district.
“We’re really headed in the right direction using, unfortunately, a difficult situation and trying to understand how we can continue to teach children anywhere, anytime, any place. Really finding ways to make sure students have what they need to be able to access that education,” Brown said.
Brown said with over 40 years of experience in education, she is ready to take on anything 2020 throws out.
“It’s great merging using strategies from all different walks of education. So there’s a huge amount of background knowledge in what’s going on here in East Baton Rouge that I’m able to bring.”
Brown said no matter what happens she will be there to support teachers and students each step of the way.
“As long as we keep our attention on the end user, which are the teachers and the students, we will figure this out. There will be bumps along the road, but I know that we have a great team really working hard to figure out those pieces. My team is ready to take a look at those things, and find solutions to them and push them back out to the schools in a very timely manner.”