- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The incoming East Baton Rouge Parish superintendent is asking the School Board to approve a Central Office reorganization that would eliminate positions and save the school system payroll $1 million.

Warren Drake, who took over as acting superintendent June 1, announced his proposal Tuesday, The Advocate reported (https://bit.ly/1G3E61q).

“It’s still a work in progress,” Drake said. “We’re going to finalize it probably tomorrow.”

The reorganization would substantially change the setup Drake inherited from outgoing Superintendent Bernard Taylor by eliminating several positions Taylor created during his three-year tenure.

On Monday, Drake released a new organizational chart that would remove 34 positions and create nine. The changes would take effect June 30.

The biggest area of savings, almost $600,000, would come from dropping 18 spots for youth advocates, a Taylor-created position designed to head off potential discipline problems at certain schools.

As part of his reorganization, Drake is putting almost everything under a deputy superintendent.

In the process, he would eliminate the current position of deputy superintendent of innovation and reform, a job held now by Michael Haggen, as well as three other associate superintendent jobs, all created by Taylor.

Two of those three associate superintendents, Herman Brister Sr. and Carlos Sam, have recently taken jobs as school superintendents in Baker and in East Feliciana Parish, respectively.


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

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