BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The first deaf and black superintendent of a Missouri school will get to showcase his talents as the new leader of the Louisiana Special School District.
News outlets report 38-year-old Ernest E. Garrett III was named superintendent Friday and will oversee the Louisiana School for the Deaf, the School for the Visually Impaired and several educational programs for students housed in privatized or state facilities.
Garrett is a Missouri native with a background in social work. He is the former executive director and CEO of the Deaf Empowerment Awareness Foundation near St. Louis.
Garrett’s appointment is the start of the district’s three-year improvement plan. He starts in less than two weeks and his first order of business is hiring a principal for the School for the Deaf.