In August 2015, People of SE Baton Rouge Could Be Opening Their Schools for 1st Time
On this, the first day of the new school year, my mind races back six years to August 2007 — the first day of class for students attending the newly-formed Central community school system. What a momentous time it was! There was a feeling of exuberance, as though the Berlin Wall had just come crumbling down. Finally, the people of Central had their schools back!
In the past six years, so much has happened in Central that it boggles the mind. So much of the good that has happened occurred because of the creation of the Central Community School System, which is completely separate and independent from the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.
A community that was dying suddenly came to life, and everything changed. Now Central has the No. 4 ranked school system in the state. It is a place of optimism, growth, and a real sense of community. It is a place with a future, a great and wonderful future!
On this first day of the school year, my mind also races ahead two years to August 2015. It is the first day of the new school year. I see Southeast Baton Rouge having its own community school system. I see happy parents and students pulling up to Woodlawn High and all the other schools with a new sense of enthusiasm and purpose. I see families moving back to this parish from Livingston and Ascension. I see families returning to the public schools — not out of some warped sense of guilt but because they believe their neighborhood public school will provide a quality education in a safe environment. I see parents getting involved in their local schools. I see new businesses opening, new homes being built. I see Southeast Baton Rouge coming back from the edge of the abyss. I see Southeast Baton Rouge with a future, a great and wonderful future. August 2015 can be a time when history is made. But it will take a mountain of work between now and then to make it happen!