The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board is holding an all-day retreat Saturday and plans to examine everything from the state of its budget to whether it should plow ahead with an August reopening of Istrouma High School.
The retreat, which starts at 9 a.m. and finishes at 3 p.m., is the second the board has held since Superintendent Warren Drake took control of the school system in June.
The board held only one retreat during the three years Drake’s predecessor, Bernard Taylor, was in control.
Like the last retreat, held in late August, Saturday’s retreat will take place in the offices of Tech Park U in the Louisiana Technology Park, 7117 Florida Blvd.
Saturday’s agenda is a full one.
The school system’s budget will gather some discussion. The school system is bracing for a seventh consecutive year of budget cuts, but it’s been unclear how severe they might be.
The board also will hear about Drake’s plans to retool site-based budgeting, initiated in 2003, and to review employee salaries.
Drake on Monday, during a tour of Istrouma High School, said he plans to share concerns with the board about whether it makes sense to reopen Istrouma High in time for the 2016-17 school year.
The school returned to local control on Jan. 13, and just seven months are left to reopen it, assuming the August reopening date is retained.
The board also plans to review how schools are doing academically, look at ideas for improving high schools and get an update on a planned career academy that will be part of the new Ardendale residential development in the Melrose East neighborhood.