Brief History of the City of Baker School System
Impetus for a Baker City School System came from Baker city leaders in the early 1990's who visualized a school system separate and apart from the East Baton Rouge Parish School System where Baker students would be educated in Baker schools. This early planning led to a constitutional amendment which was approved by the citizens of Louisiana, East Baton Rouge Parish, and Baker in the fall of 1991.
An elected School Board was seated in January 1999, and efforts began to bring about an operational School System within the Baker city limits. Much planning and effort went into realizing the goal as visualized by the citizens of Baker in 1995. After hundreds of hours of negotiations with the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, the United States Department of Justice, the local chapter of the NAACP, and the original plaintiffs in the East Baton Rouge Parish desegregatioin case, the City of Baker School System was set to become the sixty-seventh school system in the state of Louisiana.
The school system gained a major victory in July 1999, when a State District Court ruled that the Baker School Board could take control of the five schools located within the city limits along with the ten school buses from East Baton Rouge Parish. Then on February 19, 2002, the final legal hurdle was cleared when a United States District Judge entered an order approving an agreement allowing the City of Baker School Board to separate from the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board. This separation became effective on July 1, 2003, and the City of Baker School System became a reality for the 2003-2004 school year.
The City of Baker School District belongs to the Baker community, and the district invites the community's involvement, partnership and generous donation of time and resources. A robust school district and a prosperous community go hand in hand, and our schools are working hard to earn and keep the support of the Baker community. The City of Baker School District administration places high priority on community involvement and actively seeks input to more fully involve the community in its schools.
The City of Baker School System shall provide a quality education for all students by creating a learning community that will prepare them for their roles as life long learners and high-achieving citizens in a global society.