Magnet Schools of America Superintendent of the Year
Warren Drake, East Baton Rouge Parish School System, Louisiana
This annual award recognizes the important work of leadership within our school districts to keep magnet schools a priority in the portfolio of school choice options. This year’s winner – Superintendent Warren Drake – recognizes the importance of school choice and the role of magnet programs in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. He has supported the expansion of magnet schools and increased the number of seats where possible, to ensure parents are provided additional choice options.
Mr. Drake has been continuously praised for efforts to expand theme-based programs in his school district. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Woodlawn Middle and High School launched new magnet programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The district also secured a $15 million STEM-based grant from the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) under Mr. Drake’s leadership.
The East Baton Rouge Parish School System has 28 programs serving students from three-years old to high school seniors. The programs were instrumental in helping school district achieve unitary status in 2007, which ended one of the longest running desegregation cases in the United States.