EBR schools getting three new superintendent candidates
The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will get the names of three new hopefuls for the superintendent job later this week, according to board President Barbara Freiberg. Speaking this morning on The Jim Engster Show on WRKF-FM, Freiberg said the board's consultant, Gary Solomon, is vetting the three additional candidates and will forward their names to the board by Friday. Freiberg also said the board learned yesterday that all those who interviewed for the position last month are eligible to keep their names in the hat for the parish's top education job. A contentious search process ended inconclusively last month after Samuel King—superintendent of Rockdale County (Ga.) Public Schools—withdrew his name from consideration shortly after being chosen as the lone finalist by a sharply divided board. Monday's decision clears the way for Herman Brister to continue his quest for the job, if he is so inclined. The system's chief academic officer was considered the insider favorite for the position last time around but did not get the votes from the board. "We all agree Dr. Brister is an excellent educator," Freiberg said, "but the issue is, do we believe someone can make real change who is so closely tied to the system and the central office?" Carlos Sam was chosen Feb. 16 as interim superintendent while the board searches for a permanent replacement for John Dilworth, who left the job on March 1. —Stephanie Riegel
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