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EBR Superintendent Dilworth resigns

April 19, 2010

WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The man hired to save Baton Rouge's public school system is stepping down with less than a year on the job.

East Baton Rouge Parish Schools Superintendent John Dilworth resigned Friday saying he made the decision "after months of assessing" his fit as superintendent.

East Baton Rouge Parish School Board President Jerry Arbour says he received a short two-line letter from Dilworth that said:

"After months of assessing my fit as Superintendent, I have decided to resign effective June 30, 2010.   I am thankful to the school board for giving me the opportunity and wish the district success in the future."

"I think John is very competent and he could handle all of the issues, " Arbour said.   "We are very saddened by his resignation."

Arbour says Dilworth's wife continues to be in poor health.  He said during a phone conversation with Dilworth on Friday, Dilworth indicated that also factored into his decision.

Arbour says a search for Dilworth's replacement would begin immediately.

Dilworth, who was hired as superintendent last year, announced his decision during a meeting with Central Office Staff staff Friday, said school system spokesman Chris Trahan.

Dilworth will hold a news conference next Tuesday to discuss the matter further, the spokesman said.

Dilworth became superintendent on July 1, 2009, replacing Superintendent Charlotte Placide who retired.   Placide was on a cruise Friday and unavailable for comment.

Before heading to Baton Rouge, Dilworth served as Superintendent of Schools in Montgomery, Alabama for two years.   He is a former Vice President of University Affairs at Northwestern State.

Adam Knapp, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber's President and CEO, commented today on John Dilworth's resignation saying, "In the short time that he has been here, we have found Superintendent Dilworth to be very willing to listen to our concerns about public education in East Baton Rouge Parish and our passionate belief in reform.  The suddenness of the superintendent's resignation does cause us to ask if school board micromanagement has played a role in his decision.  If that is the case, the business community hopes that there is an opportunity to eliminate such interference in the future."


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