February 5, 2015 8:11 AM
BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of students, parents and teachers gathered last night to celebrate the best of the best in education: the East Baton Rouge Parish Students of the Year. Dozens of students from just about every school in the system were honored for their academic achievement, leadership and community... more »
February 4, 2015 7:57 AM
BATON ROUGE - The best and brightest from East Baton Rouge Schools will be honored today.
Dozens of students from Baton Rouge elementary, middle and high schools will be recognized for their academic achievements, before the three "Students of the Year" are named.
News 2's John Pastorek will... more »
January 28, 2015 6:57 AM
BATON ROUGE - Education is a top priority this week with Catholic Schools Week and School Choice Week. Today, Beyond Bricks EBR will also begin a community conversation about public schools.
The purpose of the program is to recharge the public school system and make it something to be... more »
January 23, 2015 5:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish Library system asked for the public's input in creating a Strategic Plan to improve library services.
The library system will hold Strategic Plan Public Input Meetings to gather suggestions on how to improve programs and services.
Officials plan to make changes... more »
January 20, 2015 5:59 PM
BATON ROUGE - Community leaders are begging for help hoping to "recharge" the East Baton Rouge school system after being plagued by hardship for several years.
Poverty, mental illness and segregation are realities outgoing East Baton Rouge Superintendent Bernard Taylor said need to be talked about. He explained that... more »
November 3, 2014 10:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - Winbourne Elementary students are learning to read music and play the piano in an effort to help them in other core classes.
The East Baton Rouge School District introduced the piano classes at the beginning of the school year.
"They were so excited about putting... more »
October 22, 2014 7:56 AM
BATON ROUGE - You can enjoy some good food and music for a great cause at Taste of Baton Rouge.
It's a fundraiser for the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging. The agency delivers 125,000 meals through their "Meals on Wheels" Program and over 85,000 hot meals daily to... more »
September 29, 2014 6:12 AM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Redevelopment Authority, a public agency responsible for reviving blighted areas in Baton Rouge, is running out of money. The organization, formed in 2007, is responsible for kicking off two high-profile projects in Ardendale - formerly called Smiley Heights - and the redevelopment... more »
September 24, 2014 6:26 AM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish school system is recruiting students who have dropped out or who are in danger of dropping out to take Internet-based coursework as an alternative route to a diploma. The push, which includes letters and phone calls to their homes as well as... more »
July 29, 2014 4:51 PM
BATON ROUGE - Figures from the East Baton Rouge Parish School System show the district will have to shell out an extra half-million to provide free lunches for many more students in the distrct.
It's part of a federal program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture called the Community... more »
July 29, 2014 8:33 AM
BATON ROUGE - If you still have not decided where to send your child to school when class resumes this fall, there are some new magnet programs in Baton Rouge schools that could help you make up your mind.
Polk Elementary School is offering a Mandarin Chinese Program for... more »
July 28, 2014 8:37 AM
BATON ROUGE - Together Baton Rouge will hold a public meeting Monday night to discuss the "grocery gap" in East Baton Rouge Parish.
The EBR Food Access Policy Commission was started by Together BR and the Mayor's Health City Initiative to address the lack of grocery stores in some... more »
June 16, 2014 6:31 AM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board plans to determine Superintendent Bernard Taylor's future with the district during its Thursday meeting. Taylor, who started in 2012, has almost completed two years of a three-year contract, which expires in June 2015. The board is considering whether to: extend... more »
May 29, 2014 6:46 PM
BATON ROUGE- A special meeting for East Baton Rouge Parish School Board is cancelled because members did not show up.
EBR School Board only had five members present for a special meeting to introduce plans for reapportionment of the districts. This is after a committee gave them the green... more »
May 28, 2014 6:47 AM
BATON ROUGE - A heated debate is expected at the capitol today, as lawmakers discuss changes to how the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board operates.
A bill on the table would take power away from the superintendent and give it to the principals. They would be given authority... more »
May 27, 2014 3:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement said Tuesday they recaptured a felon who escaped from EBR Parish Prison earlier in May.
Deputies said they apprehended Joseph Pomares, 42, at a McDonald's on I-12 after a short pursuit on Monday evening.
The man began his sentence at EBR prison on... more »
April 29, 2014 9:38 PM
PLAQUEMINE - The Livonia baseball program awaits a ruling by an East Baton Rouge judge on whether or not the Wildcats will make the playoff bracket.
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association ruled one of Livonia's freshman baseball players ineligible last Thursday, retroactively taking away the football team's deepest... more »
April 23, 2014 6:14 PM
BATON ROUGE - It may cost more for pet registration in East Baton Rouge Parish.
The Metro Council introduced a fee increase for the Companion Animal Alliance shelter. An amendment asks for money to help get control of strays. Each year pet-owners would pay $3 more for spayed or... more »
April 22, 2014 6:42 PM
BATON ROUGE - The clock is ticking on the move to create the city of St. George, with three months left for supporters to get 18,000 signatures.
The committee to incorporate the city has until July 23 to turn in their petitions to put it up for a vote.... more »
April 16, 2014 10:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Career Academy Public Charter High School in Baton Rouge is closing because there is no building to accommodate the students.
The building is rented out by East Baton Rouge Parish Schools and it is asking for the building back for a new magnet middle school... more »
March 10, 2014 10:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge School Board met Monday night to talk about a nearly $30 million plan to get every kid in preschool in Baton Rouge.
Educators say it will cost them, but early childhood education is priceless and needed.
East Baton Rouge Pre-School Director... more »
February 28, 2014 2:09 PM
BATON ROUGE- Mack "Bodi" White, a republican senator from Central, is reportedly pre-filing a bill to create four independent school districts in East Baton Rouge Parish.
The districts would be under an "umbrella" of schools in East Baton Rouge.
One of them would be the Southeast district that... more »
January 23, 2014 9:31 AM
BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Distict Attorney Hillar Moore stopped by 2une In Thursday with the latest on the Vorris Mouton case.
A hearing is expected to possibly increase bond for the man accused of two of the recent home invasions in Baton Rouge. His bond is set at... more »
October 10, 2013 5:49 PM
BATON ROUGE - City-parish workers called Thursday for Mayor-President Kip Holden to increase their wages in next year's budget.
Herman Addison has worked for the city-parish for the past 13 years. He planned on working for the city for 20 years and then retire. Addison says he hasn't received... more »
August 15, 2013 9:01 AM
BATON ROUGE - School board members will weigh in Thursday on a plan that recommends the firing of the lowest-performing teachers, and principals who fail to meet their three-year goals.
The proposed 21-page strategic plan aims to improve the school district, with hopes of placing it among the state's... more »
July 31, 2013 2:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - Public works officials closed a bridge in the northern part of East Baton Rouge Parish for emergency repairs this afternoon.
DPW said the McCullough Road Bridge just west of Joor Road will be closed until further notice as they repair it.
They said drivers can... more »
April 3, 2013 1:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge School System announced big changes for four schools in the district today.
Lee High, Belfair, Delmont and Mayfair schools will all see significant updates according to the school system's plans.
The school system will turn Lee High into a dedicated magnet... more »
April 2, 2013 10:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - A group of East Baton Rouge Parish parents is asking the Recovery School District to return the Prescott Middle School building to the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.
They are circulating an on-line petition that outlines their request, and said when RSD took over seven... more »
April 1, 2013 10:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - Construction on a bridge, connecting White Oak Landing to Harrell's Ferry Road, officially began March 18, 2013, when the bridge was demolished.
East Baton Rouge planned to close the bridge in 2013, and build a new one, but the bridge was closed in May 2011, after... more »
February 27, 2013 3:42 PM
BATON ROUGE - The organization in charge of East Baton Rouge Parish's animal shelter announced a new adoption initiative today.
Companion Animal Alliance said they're holding "Hounds on the Rebound" during March Madness, in cooperation with the organization Friends of the Animals. During March dogs weighing more than 40... more »
February 14, 2013 10:32 AM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish school system scheduled four community forums next week to talk to parents about school safety and get feedback on how to make schools safer. The forums are scheduled for Monday through Wednesday at four schools. Baton Rouge Magnet High is hosting Monday,... more »
January 4, 2013 6:28 PM
BATON ROUGE- Choirs, former LSU Basketball coach Dale Brown and others helped kick off Mayor Kip Holden's third term today.
Holden vowed to work with the new Metro Council members to keep things like economic growth strong, while preserving older parts of the city.
Some agree with putting... more »
November 27, 2012 9:49 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders are set to talk about buying out a neighborhood near a sewerage plant in the northern part of town.
On Wednesday's Metro Council agenda is a discussion about the $6,000,000 plan to solve on-going issues with people who live in University Heights.
For years,... more »
November 26, 2012 3:45 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Volunteers in Public Schools organizations, better known as "VIPS," is kicking off another round of mentorship for students in middle school.
The "Voyage II" program will pair up mentors with middle schoolers to provide a lasting relationship through the rest of their educational career.
"What... more »
November 12, 2012 5:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School District is discussing a plan to expand school attendance zones and create more options for students.
Under the plan, the district would create four regional zones of schools. Superintendent Dr. Bernard Taylor will lead a meeting tonight to discuss the... more »
November 12, 2012 10:05 AM
BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish School District will hold community meetings this week to discuss a new proposal to create four regional attendance zones.
The proposal is designed to give parents a choice of schools within a specified area, instead of the school that is designated to... more »
October 22, 2012 10:46 PM
Baton Rouge - East Baton Rouge Parish Schools scored a C over all in school performance. That's up from D last year, but still far from where the district wants to be. 20 schools still scored F. While some of those schools are charter schools and some are alternative schools,... more »
October 2, 2012 5:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police arrested four Department of Public Works employees in East Baton Rouge Parish in suspicion of stealing gas from city-parish fueling stations.
According to the EBR Mayor-President's Office, police arrested Ensley Joseph, Rodney Maxwell, Joyce Gatlin, and Lawrence Smith this morning.
Interim Public Works Director... more »
September 26, 2012 5:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish Schools are investigating an incident which left a 5-year-old boy locked on a bus by himself.
Demondre Morgan took the bus home from school Thursday, but when his mom went to meet him at the bus stop he never showed up.
... more »
September 24, 2012 6:14 PM
BATON ROUGE - Residents directly impacted by Hurricane Isaac are now able to apply for food stamps, but they have limited time to do so.
The Department of Children and Family Services have opened six locations in East Baton Rouge Parish to create more space for people to apply... more »
September 13, 2012 8:47 AM
BATON ROUGE - A series of improvement projects are scheduled to take place at six schools across East Baton Rouge Parish.
School board members approved the plans Wednesday night during a "committee of the whole" meeting.
The schools scheduled for construction work are Belfair, Bernard Terrace, Greenbrier and... more »
June 14, 2012 7:20 AM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has unanimously approved initial reorganization plans of its incoming superintendent, including the hiring of two new top administrators. Bernard Taylor, who was selected in March and whose first official day isn't until Monday, persuaded the board on June 7 to... more »
May 31, 2012 10:43 AM
LAFAYETTE - Search crews fanned out again today near Lafayette after an East Baton Rouge Parish dive team didn't find any new evidence in the search for missing college student Mickey Shunick.
Investigators called in the dive team after examining sonar images taken during a sweep of water where... more »
May 30, 2012 10:57 PM
BATON ROUGE- A breakaway school district will get another chance Thursday.
A vote failed on the proposed Southeast Baton Rouge District at the State Capitol Wednesday, but News 2 has learned it's been added to Thursday's agenda.
Two laws had to pass to get the new district off... more »
May 23, 2012 9:53 PM
BATON ROUGE- Students in Louisiana did better on standardized tests this year.
Sixty-eight percent, roughly 10,000 more students than last year, perform at grade level. Improvement was seen across most grade levels, except sixth graders, over-all, who fell in most subjects.
In our area, districts are recognized for... more »
April 26, 2012 2:30 PM
Baton Rouge - The Recovery School District (RSD), along with several key Baton Rouge business and industry partners, educational leaders and community and non-profit organizations, has announced the launch of the Baton Rouge Achievement Zone.
BRAZ is an innovative reform model to address the needs of children currently attending... more »
April 13, 2012 4:25 PM
BATON ROUGE- Budgets, break-away attempts and an embattled school board are all on Bernard Taylor's to-do list.
The new leader for East Baton Rouge Parish Schools is already elbow-deep in the challenges. It's what Taylor says drew him here.
He says he's taken on every issue facing Baton... more »
April 6, 2012 10:22 AM
BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish students could be subjected to random, school-wide searches for guns if some school administrators have their way.
At a meeting Thursday, EBR School officials discussed regular sweeps where all students would be searched for guns and other weapons at randomly selected schools.... more »
March 22, 2012 5:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - School board members voted unanimously tonight to nominate Dr. Bernard Taylor as the next superintendent of East Baton Rouge Parish Schools.
The board will now negotiate a contract with Taylor to officially hire him.
Dr. Taylor, who is on leave as superintendent of schools in... more »
March 22, 2012 10:29 AM
BATON ROUGE - A special East Baton Rouge School Board meeting will be held this evening with the expectation for a superintendent finalist to be announced.
The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m.
News 2 will be live from the meeting at 5 & 6 with updates. more »
March 20, 2012 5:39 PM
BATON ROUGE- One of two candidates on a finalist list for East Baton Rouge Parish Schools superintendent spent Tuesday getting to know the district she's vying to lead.
Maria Pitre-Martin, current Director of K-12 Curriculum and Instruction for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, met with community, education... more »
March 16, 2012 2:30 PM
A candidate for the East Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent has withdrawn his name from consideration for the position.
Board members had selected three candidates to interview for the position of Superintendent of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.
Maria Pitre-Martin, Director of K-12... more »
February 29, 2012 2:59 PM
BATON ROUGE- A 12-year old sixth grader was attacked Monday by 15-year old student in the hall at an East Baton Rouge Parish middle school, according to Baton Rouge Police.
It happened after the older student threatened to punch the girl, then later attacked her in the hall between... more »
February 9, 2012 11:08 AM
BATON ROUGE- State Sen. Bodi White, R-Central, proposed legislation that could lead to the creation of a new school district in East Baton Rouge Parish.
It could lead to the neighborhoods south of Interstate 12 and east of Interstate 10 to withdrawing from the East Baton Rouge Parish school... more »
January 25, 2012 9:52 PM
BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has taken another step toward hiring a new superintendent.
Wednesday night, leaders whittled down the list of candidates to one. Samuel King, a superintendent from Georgia, was the only one invited back to continue the process. He's expected to visit... more »
January 11, 2012 6:13 AM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has selected its group of six semifinalists, one of whom will replace outgoing superintendent John Dilworth when he exits the position in June.
The candidates are Herman Brister, Kelt Cooper, Tisha Edwards, Samuel King, Maria Pitre-Martin and Elliot Smalley.... more »
January 4, 2012 3:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish has more than $1 million to allocate to residents who need help paying their utility bills. The city-parish received the money from a federal grant through the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency. Officials say the parish will allocate $108,126 for people who already have... more »
January 2, 2012 6:04 PM
BATON ROUGE - A pit bull that got out of its cage killed another dog at the East Baton Rouge Parish animal shelter today, and volunteers there are worried more animals are in danger.
Susan Aronson was at the shelter when a worker discovered the dead dog. She says... more »
December 28, 2011 8:09 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Two East Baton Rouge Parish schools will grow bigger by the time children return from winter break. Southeast Middle and Villa del Rey Elementary schools are getting more classrooms, eight and six respectively, and both projects are almost complete.
Those additions are set to... more »
December 20, 2011 7:33 AM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish school system is eliminating its first-come first-serve registration for prekindergarten and replacing it with a lottery system.
From Jan. 23 to Jan. 27, parents with 3-year-old and 4-year-old children will be able to apply for one of almost 2,000 slots in... more »
December 15, 2011 2:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - The director for the East Baton Rouge Parish Library system abruptly resigned from his position earlier this afternoon, according to library board members.
The board received an email around 2 p.m. from director David Farrar which stated he was resigning. In a copy of the email... more »
December 7, 2011 6:20 PM
BATON ROUGE- The acting Louisiana Superintendent says she is stepping down next month.
Ollie Tyler made the announcement during a Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting. Tyler took over when Paul Pastorek quit earlier this year.
Tyler says she will continue her forty year career in... more »
November 22, 2011 6:03 PM
BATON ROUGE-- Emergency Medical Services Administrator Pam Porter met with Mayor Kip Holden Tuesday afternoon to request 20 more workers to staff the 911 call center and to staff ambulances.
But city finance workers said no to the original request Monday night, citing long-term funding as a concern.
... more »
November 18, 2011 11:48 AM
BATON ROUGE - The second "Gas for Guns" exchange in East Baton Rouge Parish is scheduled to begin Saturday morning. People can anonymously drop off weapons at two churches in the city-parish between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and receive a gas card worth between $50 and $300 depending on... more »
November 8, 2011 4:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - Former Baton Rouge Fire Chief Thomas Woods died at Baton Rouge General Hospital this morning after a lengthy illness, according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department. He was 76.
Chief Woods was the first African-American to serve as chief of both the Baton Rouge and Baker... more »
October 28, 2011 10:12 PM
BATON ROUGE- A student who witnessed a fight between her East Baton Rouge Parish bus driver and another student Friday says she's concerned about her safety.
18-year-old Shanetra Daniels was booked on battery charges Friday morning.
Authorities say she beat her bus driver around 6:30 a.m. on the... more »
October 24, 2011 2:29 PM
Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden has set official hours in East Baton Rouge Parish this year on Monday, Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
The Mayor and Police Chief Dewayne White are urging all motorists to be especially mindful of pedestrians during these hours, and to stay off... more »
September 14, 2011 10:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- There's a plan in the works to buyout people who live near a sewer treatment plant in north Baton Rouge.
It involves almost 50 homes in University Place, near Southern University, but there's no price tag yet.
People in the neighborhood say the treatment plant stinks... more »
September 14, 2011 6:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members chose tonight to delay a vote on allowing a new cable provider in East Baton Rouge Parish.
EATEL wants to expand their fiber-optic network into the capitol area. They're currently the leading cable, phone and internet service provider in Ascension Parish.
EATEL... more »
September 13, 2011 10:09 PM
BATON ROUGE- Fire chiefs across East Baton Rouge Parish met Tuesday to talk about consolidating services.
They say you'll get better protection and could save money if the deal works out.
The concept has been considered in the past and studied as recently as four years ago, but... more »
September 7, 2011 3:14 PM
Baton Rouge City-Parish officials are closing the Wax Road bridge over Draughan Creek in Central today due to safety problems found by inspectors from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.
Both State and City-Parish Public Works officials agreed to close the bridge after the inspectors found a hollowed,... more »
July 25, 2011 2:02 PM
BATON ROUGE - People waited for more than an hour in some cases today to pay off misdemeanor tickets and avoid jail time for misdemeanors in Baton Rouge.
Authorities in East Baton Rouge Parish have arrested 105 people since they began a misdemeanor warrant roundup this past Friday. Officials... more »
July 23, 2011 1:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Sheriff's detectives are looking for a missing Belgian woman who was living in Baton Rouge with a work visa.
Detectives say 51-year-old Sylviane Finck Lozada was last heard from by her family in Belgium on July 11. She typically spoke with her family on... more »
July 5, 2011 5:54 PM
BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says he will move forward with plans to spend a portion of state money from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness or GOHSEP.
He says Mayor Kip Holden has not signed off on the plan, but he... more »
June 20, 2011 10:30 PM
BATON ROUGE- Larger class sizes, school closures, canceled year-round schooling and no more teacher stipends are all the result of more than $30 million in cuts to the East Baton Rouge Parish School System budget for next school year.
The school board gave a unanimous thumbs-up to the spending... more »
June 9, 2011 5:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies in East Baton Rouge arrested a man today after they said they found cocaine and other drugs in his home.
Deputies arrested Sterlin Watkins, 38, after the search of his residence on Elvin Drive.
Casey Hicks with EBRSO said detectives investigating Watkins found... more »