Superintendent Bernard Taylor
Bernard Taylor, the incoming superintendent of East Baton Rouge Parish public schools, is wrapping up his second week of whirlwind meetings, visits and contract negotiations in what will be his new home. Taylor calls Baton Rouge "a very friendly and welcoming community" and expects to be on the job full-time by the middle of June. Among the highlights of his visit this week was a day trip to Conyers, Ga., which has a successful workforce training program involving both public high schools and the local community college system in a partnership arrangement. He was among a delegation from Baton Rouge that spent Thursday touring the Conyers facility, which the group hopes to use as a model for a similar campus here at the planned Smiley Heights mixed-use development behind the Bon Carré Business Center on Florida Boulevard. Taylor says he was impressed with the different programs the group saw, including welding labs, digital media and design labs, and dental technician labs. Taylor acknowledges it will take several years to establish a similar, fully operational institution here. In the meantime, he wants to hit the ground running and put in place some initiatives of his own that he believes could happen as soon as the 2012-13 academic year. One such idea is what Taylor calls "centers of innovation," special programs that would be created within existing schools and give students an opportunity to focus on areas of interest. Read the full story here.
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