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Dilworth wants board fighting to stop

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Posted: Apr 28, 2010 10:26 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: Apr 28, 2010 10:52 PM
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Topics: Dilworth, board, East Baton Rouge, schools, superintendent, resignation

Whether he leaves or not, East Baton Rouge Schools Superintendent John Dilworth says finger pointing and fighting among board members needs to stop.

The latest argument stems from board member Noel Hammatt and a letter he sent to the other members. Hammatt said Vice President Jay Augustine may be the one doing the micro-managing and "placing himself in a position of negotiating with the superintendent over alleged practices of the board."

Augustine says everyone has the right to an opinion, but he has worked with and for the board in his efforts to keep Dilworth in Baton Rouge. He says Hammatt's other comments are inappropriate.

As for Dilworth's thoughts on the bickering, he exclusively told News 2 on Wednesday that he knows the situation can be a distraction and that it needs to stop.

"Let's work together to try to make sure that the mission for what we are here, and that is to keep our schools operating," said Dilworth. "It doesn't become more of a disruption than it needs to be. And I think we're all in agreement that we're going to find a way to do that."

When asked what his real reasons for leaving are, Dilworth said, "I'm not going to answer to that at this point."

The board is set to meet next week where members are expected to address the micro-management accusations. Dilworth wouldn't talk about if he'll rescind his resignation at that meeting. He plans to have a lawyer address the board about members' roles and authority.

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