School Board, Drake plan retreat to discuss progress in EBR system and plans for the future _lowres

Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIG -- East Baton Rouge Parish school superintendent Warren Drake

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, whose nine members took office in January, is holding its first retreat, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Louisiana Technology Park, 7117 Florida Blvd.

The retreat also will be the board’s first one with new Superintendent Warren Drake, who took over the state’s second-largest school system on June 1. Drake and his staff plan to lay out in detail the progress so far on the 100 Day Plan he issued when he started, as well as lay out plans for the future.

The board and Drake will meet in the technology park’s Tech Park U office.

Retreats are less formal public gatherings where public officials plan for the future for at least a day, typically meeting somewhere they don’t usually meet.

The previous 11-member School Board held only two retreats between 2011 and 2014, once soon after taking office and a second time in October 2013. That second retreat was the only one held with Drake’s predecessor, then-Superintendent Bernard Taylor, and it occurred 16 months after Taylor started the job.