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School Board holds retreat

4 years ago January 22, 2011 Jan 22, 2011 Saturday, January 22 2011 Saturday, January 22, 2011 5:22:03 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rob Krieger

BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge School Board held a rare retreat Saturday to discuss their plan moving forward in the new year. The retreat featured team building exercises and an opportunity for new and old board members to get know each other's strengths and weaknesses. 

"We hope to look with fresh eyes at what we've been doing and take a look at the data and set a new course for what we do in this parish," said Barbara Freiberg, Board President and new member of the board.

Many members stressed the importance of community input to continue striving for a successful school district.

"I think we all need to sit down, all of us on the board and all of us in the community and make sure we know what the best plan is moving forward," said Craig Freeman, a new member from District 6.

The board recognized, while they may have different ideas, their goals are all the same.

"I think all of us are gonna put children first, we have different means of getting there but it's workshops like this that we can see where we are and find ways to come together on our perspective ideas," said Tarvald Smith, School Board Vice President.

Superintendent John Dilworth laid his vision out to the board early on, letting them know their end game should always put children first.

"Well it's all about children for me, my vision is that school will be a place where children don't feel like they have to go, but where they love to go and that kind of summarizes it," said Dilworth.

The next School Board meeting will be held February 17th.

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