Mar 23, 2012 9:28 AM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - After seven months of searching, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has settled on Bernard Taylor, superintendent of schools in Grand Rapids, Mich., to take over the second-largest school district in Louisiana.
All 11 members of the school board voted to choose Taylor, doing so just 15 minutes after it began the meeting.
Thursday's vote capped a contentious period that saw promising candidates withdraw their names from consideration as a sharply divided school board struggled to muster the necessary six votes to pick a replacement for John Dilworth.
The Advocate reports Taylor won out over a second finalist, Marie Pitre-Martin, a former assistant superintendent of middle schools in Baton Rouge.