On January 16, 2014 supporters of the East Baton Rouge School System held a press conference condemning the Department of Education’s audit and pointing a finger at St. George for manufacturing a ‘false political stunt.’ The following are three quotes from that press conference.
Representative Patricia Smith: “This is truly a coup. Someone has put false information out about the system and I believe it comes from St. George.”
BESE Member Carolyn Hill: “With the district that has made significant strides throughout this year and last year I will close as the BESE representative that the audit has been blown out of proportion. Our community deserves the truth and the fact is that there were no cheating allegations.”
We formally ask for Belinda Davis, Representative Patricia Smith, and BESE member Carolyn Hill to issue a public apology to the St. George campaign and supporters for blaming them for this system’s neglect and corruption. Furthermore, we ask for the resignation of Superintendent Bernard Taylor and Deputy Superintendent Michael Haggan. We also ask for any school board member who was aware of or who may have participated in this scandal in any way to resign.
We urge our supporters to attend the school board meeting on Thursday, March 20th at 5:00pm and demand answers. We also ask for our supporters to contact your state representative and senator, metro-council member, mayor, and school board member via email, person, or phone to express your disgust for this violation of public trust and demand answers. Remind them that they are elected by the people to ensure this type of scandal is incapable of occurring. Remind them that during their bid for reelection that history will remember how they responded to the single greatest scandal to ever occur in East Baton Rouge Parish or it’s school system.
Never has the Committee for the Incorporation of St. George been more resolute to finish our mission to create our own municipality and school district.