BAKER — The heat should be back on at Baker High School by Wednesday afternoon, Baker schools Superintendent Herman Brister said.
Students and teachers at the school have been in the cold since Monday, Brister said in an interview after the School Board meeting Tuesday night.
“They are running like buffaloes. They have handled (the lack of heat) extremely well,” Brister said.
Parents were notified and students have been encouraged to wear warm clothing.
During the meeting, Brister announced the hiring of Eric Randall as Baker High athletic director and head football coach.
The board also recognized the newly formed girls’ and boys’ middle school cross country teams. The boys’ team placed third in the state cross country championship.
Starting the teams was a challenge, head coach Edmond Donald said.
“The kids had never heard of cross country,” he said. Most were football and volleyball players.
They have since participated in seven competitions.
Also on Tuesday, the School Board approved a resolution opposing possible approval of New Schools for Baton Rouge as a private authorizer of charter schools.
Board member Doris Alexander was absent.
The education-focused nonprofit applied to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in December to become the first private charter school authorizer in the state. BESE has deferred the issue to an unspecified future date.
The Louisiana School Boards Association sent the resolution to 14 school districts that could potentially be affected. East Baton Rouge, Central, East Feliciana, Livingston, Iberville and Tangipahoa are among the school boards that also have approved the resolution.
Brister told the board he believes having private authorizers would be detrimental to school districts by circumventing local school boards.