EBRPSS Officials Address LHSAA Belaire High School Findings

Oct. 17 2016

 Baton Rouge – Superintendent Warren Drake is in receipt of the ruling by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) regarding the investigation conducted at Belaire High School. The ruling finds Belaire High School in violation of bylaws related to scholastic requirements, faculty coaches, and registration and submission of students. As a result of these violations, the school is facing fines of $2000 as well as the forfeitures of the Jamboree and week 1 through 6 games.

“This is unfortunate news for the student athletes and the entire Belaire High School community, but it is critical that all of our programs are compliant with LHSAA Rules and Regulations as well as district policy,” Drake said. “We are working closely with LHSAA to ensure that the team is able to move forward and make the most of the remaining season.”

The EBRPSS internal investigation resumed on Monday, October 17 after being suspended last Friday for Homecoming activities. The district does not have a firm timeline for the conclusion of its internal investigation, which originated with the issues brought forward by LHSAA, but has been expanded in scope based on subsequent information received. Four employees remain on paid administrative leave.

“It is important that this is a thorough investigation as the allegations involve student academic records. The team needs time to properly conduct interviews and gather relevant documentation,” Drake said.

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