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Louisiana Special School District to replace superintendent

By: - July 25, 2022 5:59 pm
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The Louisiana Special School District board of directors voted Monday to find a replacement for Superintendent Ernest Garrett III. The district includes the Louisiana School for the Deaf, School for the Visually Impaired and programs at 17 other sites. (Canva image)

The board that oversees the Louisiana Special School District (SSD) took action Monday to replace its superintendent. In a unanimous vote, the SSD Board of Directors “opted to go in a different direction with district leadership,” according to a statement.

The ouster of superintendent Ernest Garrett III comes amid an investigation of his performance that “revealed several potential compliance and performance issues,” the Special School District release said.

“The Board’s review was limited, and outside agencies may require further investigation,” according to the statement.

The Special School District has oversight of the Louisiana Schools for the Deaf and Visually Impaired in Baton Rouge. It also provides support for 17 special program sites that serve students with developmental delays as well as behavioral and mental health disabilities.

The SSD board also voted unanimously to have acting superintendent Katherine Granier and district legal counsel Chas Griffin report findings of the investigation to the Office
of State Inspector General, the Division of Administration, the Louisiana Legislative Auditor and the district attorney for East Baton Rouge Parish.

Garrett was placed on 90 days administrative leave in May once the board voted to launch an investigation, according to The Advocate. The superintendent had been on extended medical leave prior to the board’s vote on administrative leave. Officials have not provided specifics reasons why an investigation was warranted.

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