Beyond Bricks EBR, a grassroots effort to “recharge” public education in East Baton Rouge Parish, plans to hold a series of five public gatherings for residents to settle on top priorities and solutions the community can put into action.

The group organized 16 listening sessions across the parish between January and May that attracted roughly 550 participants.

On May 14, Beyond Bricks EBR released an eight-page report summing up ways participants think public education could be improved. These included calls for less standardized testing, a smarter approach to student misbehavior, ending high turnover of school administrators, and making schools once again the centers of their communities.

The next phase of Beyond Bricks EBR includes five “Community Results Assemblies” that will focus on solutions. Those interested in taking part can register at

The meetings have been scheduled at the following locations:

— Wednesday, 6 p.m., at the Carver Library, 720 Terrace St., Baton Rouge.

— Saturday, 4 p.m., at the Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge.

— June 4, 6:30 p.m. at the Bluebonnet Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge.

— June 7, 2:30 p.m. at the Jones Creek Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road, Baton Rouge.

— June 10, 6 p.m. at the Delmont Gardens Library, 3351 Lorraine St., Baton Rouge.