New EBR superintendent excited for upcoming school year
BATON ROUGE - Thousands of teachers, faculty and staff gathered in East Baton Rouge Parish to kick off the new school year Wednesday.
A before school rally opened with a message from EBR Superintendent Warren Drake to the 6,000 school employees who packed into the Bethany World Prayer Center in Baker. He said the district is headed in a positive direction, and he was enthusiastic about the year ahead.
"His excitement kind of rubbed off on us," said teacher Marvin Dotson. "The changes that he made is really going to impact the school district a whole lot and I'm very excited about this upcoming school year."
Drake was the former superintendent of Zachary schools from 2002 to 2012, during which time they were consistently rated the top public school district in the state. He was unanimously selected by the EBR school board in April to take over for Bernard Taylor.
Drake told the thousands of workers who attended the rally that every job is important and that includes: bus drivers, cafeteria workers, teachers and administrators.
"Each one of us is called to do something, do it well," Drake said.
Drake said he will hold teachers to a high standard, and he'll hold himself to a higher standard than what the EBR School Board will expect.
Verise Holiday was inspired and moved by Drake's words.
"Everybody was astounded," Holiday said. "He brought it home, one team one vision."
Students return to class in East Baton Rouge Parish on Thursday.