The East Baton Rouge Parish school system on Wednesday night plans to update north Baton Rouge residents who live near Istrouma High on plans to reopen the historic school, which has been closed since May 2014.
Superintendent Warren Drake and top staff will update those in attendance about the condition of the 65-year-old building, lay out a proposed schedule for reopening the school and ask for ideas from residents about what kind of instructional programs should be offered once it’s reopened.
Drake, who took over as superintendent in June, immediately began pressing to regain control of Istrouma, which was under the control of the state, with the idea of reopening it in time for the start of the 2016-17 school year.
But the state did not agree until mid-January to return the school to the district. A few days later, Drake toured the campus with School Board members and said he thought it was too late do a satisfactory job of getting the building ready for students by the fall.
The community meeting is set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria of Winbourne Elementary School, 4503 Winbourne Ave., which is just a few blocks from Istrouma High.