Welcome to the East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS), home to nine U.S. Blue Ribbon Schools, a nationally renowned Magnet Program and some of the best high schools in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. We are currently the second largest public school system in the state, serving more than 42,850 students.
Through the hard work and dedication of our 6,250 employees, of which 3,757 are teachers, our district continues to show a strong and steady increase in its average District Performance Score (DPS). According to the latest state test results, state data showed an overall growth for EBRPSS of 4.2 points, which indicates an improvement from the 2010 DPS of 82 points to 86.2 points this year. In the past four years, the district’s performance has increased by 13.9 points. Eighty-seven percent of the district’s schools showed growth. We are moving the right direction.
There are about 6,252 full-time employees. Of those, more than 3,509 are teachers. Of those teachers, 53 percent hold advanced degrees. More than 98.5 percent of the EBRPSS teachers are either state certified or highly qualified according to the No Child Left Behinddefinition.
» Board Meetings
The public is welcome to attend regular Board meetings which are held the third Thursday of each month at 5:00pm in the Board Room of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System's Central Office, 1050 S. Foster Drive. Meetings are televised live on Cox Cable channel 21 and replayed at various times during the following week.
» Teacher Salaries (9 Months)
The average teacher salary, with benefits, is approximately $62,000. View the complete salary schedule for EBRPSS employees.
» General Fund
Visit Business Affairs for salaries and expenditures. Click here
» Baton Rouge Community Support In 1998 the voters of EBR Parish approved the five-year collection of a one-cent sales tax dedicated to improving public education. The tax generated nearly $300 million which the school system used to fund a facilities improvement plan including the construction of four new schools, classroom additions at another 22, and improvements and repairs to every school campus. The tax also funded the purchase and implementation of computer technology at every school, alternative learning spaces and discipline centers at the elementary, middle and high school levels for system-wide discipline programs, and pay supplements for teachers and all system employees.
In 2003, the voters renewed the collection of the sales tax for another five years. With the nearly $300 million collected from the renewal, the district was able to build eight new schools, renovate four more and make repairs to an additional 40. Funding was maintained for the discipline programs and employee pay supplements.
In 2007, the voters renewed two property millages for another 10 years. This will generate more than $26 million, which the district will use toward maintaining and improving salaries for all public school employees and operating the School System.
In 2008, the voters of EBR parish once again approved the one-cent sales tax. However, the collection was extended from the original five-year collection period to ten-year. The passage of this renewal is expected to generate close to $488 million.