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May 7, 2010 9:47 AM by Sharlee Jacobs

Dilworth: Staying on as EBR Schools Chief

BATON ROUGE, La. - East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent
JohnBATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent
John Dilworth has changed his mind about leaving his job.
Dilworth announced Thursday that he is rescinding the
resignation that he submitted April 16.
Dilworth credited his reversal to what he called an "amazing
show of support from the community."
In his 10 months on the job, the 57-year-old veteran educator
has won many strong supporters in Baton Rouge.
"I don't have the words to say to let you all know what your
support has meant except to say thank you, and that I have decided
to withdraw my letter of resignation and to stay on as
superintendent and continue to work hard to honor your faith and
confidence in me," he said at the School Board Office.
Dilworth's news conference was carried live on several
television stations and represented his first public statement
since this all began. Dilworth did not take questions from
reporters.
Dilworth did not put any conditions on his return, which means
he plans to finish out his three-year contract, which expires June
30, 2012.
Some school board members are still seeking an outside
investigation of the April 1 selection of Volkert Inc., based in
Mobile, Ala., to oversee $19 million in school repairs and
improvements. Dilworth recommended the board pick Volkert.
In a statement immediately after the news conference, Adam
Knapp, president and chief executive officer of the Baton Rouge
Area Chamber, said Dilworth's move "brings closure" and allows
the school system to return to its main mission, educating
children.
But Knapp too suggested the continued need for an outside
investigation into Volkert and for the board, by resolution, to
foreswear micromanagement of the superintendent.

has changed his mind about leaving his job.
Dilworth announced Thursday that he is rescinding the
resignation that he submitted April 16.
Dilworth credited his reversal to what he called an "amazing
show of support from the community."
In his 10 months on the job, the 57-year-old veteran educator
has won many strong supporters in Baton Rouge.
"I don't have the words to say to let you all know what your
support has meant except to say thank you, and that I have decided
to withdraw my letter of resignation and to stay on as
superintendent and continue to work hard to honor your faith and
confidence in me," he said at the School Board Office.
Dilworth's news conference was carried live on several
television stations and represented his first public statement
since this all began. Dilworth did not take questions from
reporters.
Dilworth did not put any conditions on his return, which means
he plans to finish out his three-year contract, which expires June
30, 2012.
Some school board members are still seeking an outside
investigation of the April 1 selection of Volkert Inc., based in
Mobile, Ala., to oversee $19 million in school repairs and
improvements. Dilworth recommended the board pick Volkert.
In a statement immediately after the news conference, Adam
Knapp, president and chief executive officer of the Baton Rouge
Area Chamber, said Dilworth's move "brings closure" and allows
the school system to return to its main mission, educating
children.
But Knapp too suggested the continued need for an outside
investigation into Volkert and for the board, by resolution, to
foreswear micromanagement of the superintendent.

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