The initiative “Beyond Bricks EBR,” a community-driven discussion to recharge public schools, experienced great success during the spring school semester in gathering input from our community on its vision for our school district.

More than 500 participants and 1,000 volunteer hours resulted in the first step to reinvigorate ownership of our public schools.

The results of this effort can be found in our report at www.beyondbricksEBR.org/results.

In summary, our community clearly desires a way to have our students attend schools closer to home with excellent programs that provide every student with an appropriate educational opportunity.

Themes that emerged included issues such as testing and accountability systems, discipline, parental involvement, communication and honoring the voice of students themselves. We have been pleased with our new superintendent’s alignment with this vision and look forward to continuing to work with him and his team to implement our community’s vision and encourage continued engagement.

As a first step, we invite the public to join us for a forum to hear from the candidates in one of our most important elections that will impact policy that drives the experience of our students.

BESE candidate forums are set for the two districts that govern East Baton Rouge public school districts 6 and 8.

The District 8 forum will be Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Baton Rouge Magnet High. The District 6 Forum will be at Woodlawn High on Sept. 30 at 6 p.m.

Both forums will be filmed by Lee High School students and shared on our website after both forums are completed. Register at www.beyondbricksEBR.org/results.

Anna Fogle

Beyond Bricks EBR volunteer

Baton Rouge