- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The upcoming races for the state’s top school board have helped temporarily shelve plans for a retreat by the 11-member panel.

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education earlier planned to have the gathering on Aug. 10, just ahead of its two-day regular meeting.

But Kevin Calbert, a spokesman for BESE, told The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1VMN4dA) Tuesday the board has decided to push back retreat plans until a new board takes office in January.

Up to seven of the eight elected members of BESE are expected on the Oct. 24 primary ballot, and any retreat next month might include members who are gone in January.

BESE President Chas Roemer said earlier he has not decided whether to seek re-election on the panel that sets policies for public school students statewide.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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