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Baker selects EBR administrator as lone candidate for superintendent

1 year 5 months 1 week ago May 13, 2015 May 13, 2015 Wednesday, May 13 2015 May 13, 2015 11:39 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

BAKER - Herman Brister, Sr., emerged as the lone candidate selected by the school board to be the next superintendent of schools Wednesday night.

Dr. Brister is the current Associate Superintendent for Instructional Support Services at the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. The decision to select him as the finalist was unanimous, a board member in Baker told WBRZ after the vote.

Brister will be interviewed by the board in a public meeting on May 26th.

Brister will likely replace out-going superintendent Ulysses Joseph, who announced his retirement at the end of March.

Joseph, and the school system, were in the news that same month after an employee was arrested for theft. Emmitt Whitfield faces theft charges and is accused of charging $127,000 worth of purchases to the school system credit card over two years. Whitfield was arrested in March and also in December.

While the Joseph's retirement and Whitfield's arrest are unrelated, police told WBRZ News 2, they are frustrated the superintendent wasn't more responsible in tracking the purchasing.

Correction: An earlier version of this story had the wrong picture for Dr. Brister.

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