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Baton Rouge political action committee calls for resignation of school board member, Connie Bernard

East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member Connie Bernard is again facing an onslaught of scrutiny, including renewed calls for her resignation.
East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member Connie Bernard is again facing an onslaught of scrutiny, including renewed calls for her resignation.(East Baton Rouge Parish School System)
Published: Jun. 29, 2020 at 2:24 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The FuturePAC Board of Directors is calling for the resignation of East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member, Connie Bernard.

The call for her resignation comes after a photo of her shopping online during a school board meeting while the renaming of Lee High School was being discussed surfaced online.

The FuturePAC board released the following statement Monday, June 29:

“On behalf of the FuturePAC Board, we are calling for East Baton Rouge School Board member Connie Bernard to resign and expressing our support for the people of District 8 seeking to recall Ms. Bernard should she refuse to do so. FuturePAC gives businesses a voice to support candidates who foster greater economic outcomes for the Capital Region. We want Baton Rouge to be a place that demonstrates its optimism and care for one another, including to those watching across the country, and that does not condone damaging language and behavior from an elected official charged with responsibility for our children.

Ms. Bernard’s recent insensitive comments and actions surrounding the process to rename Lee High School are not isolated incidences of poor judgment . Ms. Bernard’s repeated actions have demonstrated not only insensitivity and disrespect for the public and the students of the district, but also a pattern of poor judgment that does not befit her position on the board. There are many other strong leaders in District 8, and it’s time for another to represent the people of this school district.

EBR Schools is poised for a strong and hopeful transformation under an impressive new Superintendent. The opportunity that this new leadership presents for improving education outcomes in Baton Rouge is colossal; it should be the absolute focus of the School Board members and the District’s stakeholders.

It’s time to move on and replace Ms. Bernard with a new School Board member politically aligned with District 8 who will move Baton Rouge’s public schools forward in a positive direction.”

-Board Chair Randy Cangelosi

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