Watts reveals vision

Written by Aaron Williams on . Posted in Local

West Baton Rouge Schools Superintendent Wes Watts said that he has high hopes for the future of the school system, saying that he believes WBR will be a top-10 school district within 15 years.

“In 2020, where are we going to be in West Baton Rouge Parish?” Watts asked the board Wednesday evening during the January 21 School Board Meeting. “I think we will be a top 10 school district. I see the people and the work that’s being done … as a system, if we’re all rowing the boat in the same direction, and we’re all in, then there’s some amazing things that are going to take place here.”

During the board meeting, Watts uncovered the WBR School District’s vision statement, mission vision and core values agreed upon by board members and administrators during a November 8, 2014, school board retreat.


Huge challenges await new LHSAA director

Written by John Dupont on . Posted in Local

BATON ROUGE – The incoming executive director of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association earned high marks after his first speech in the Capitol City.

Brusly High School principal Walt Lemoine believes Eddie Bonine could help the LHSAA through the challenging times that lie ahead for the troubled association.

“This was better than I anticipated,” he said. “I don’t care who it is, though – it’s going to be tough. But from I’ve seen, things look promising with the leadership and I hope he can get us all working together.”

Bonine drew an overwhelmingly favorable response from the capacity crowd of coaches and administrators who attended the area meeting last Thursday at the LHSAA headquarters.


Parish to build fire station extensions in Lobdell, Addis

Written by Emily Bell on . Posted in Local

About one month into its first full-year operating budget, the parish fire district has plans for two fire stations.

The Lobdell fire station has five fire trucks but only three bays, Parish Fire Chief Kenny Hunts said, so two fire trucks are always parked outside. The improvement to that fire station would be a three-bay extension, he said, and is considered an “emergency funding” project.

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