Leaders try to bury differences at groundbreaking for Lee High

Temporarily setting their differences aside, leaders of the East Baton Rouge Parish school system and advocates for failed legislation that would have shifted much of the superintendent’s and School Board’s power to principals gathered Thursday morning on the grounds of the demolished Lee High School to break ground for a new $54.5 million Lee High.

An emotional Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, former class president at Lee High, said the new Lee High will help develop skilled workers for companies like IBM through programs that concentrate on specialized fields such as digital media, biomedicine and science, technology, engineering and math.

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