Baton Rouge, LA (WSFA) - WSFA 12 News sister station WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge, Louisiana confirmed late Thursday evening that the East Baton Rouge School Board voted to name Montgomery School Superintendent John Dilworth as their new leader.
It was widely believed Dilworth was a favorite of the board, but the first two votes ended with six votes for Dilworth and six for his opponent, Dr. Bonita Coleman-Potter of the Jackson, Mississippi School District. A third vote broke the tie in Dilworth's favor.
Dilworth told WSFA 12 News Wednesday that he would likely accept the position if it was offered to him adding he'd been in the race too long to turn down an offer.
Montgomery Public School spokesman Tom Salter released a statement from Dilworth after the vote was announced. It read: