First on WSFA.COM - Board votes for Dilworth

File: John Dilworth meets with EBR school board members on his initial interview.
File: John Dilworth meets with EBR school board members on his initial interview.

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:

"I am honored to have been named the new superintendent at East Baton Rouge. This has been one of the toughest decisions of my professional career. I love Montgomery, and these two years have been a wonderful experience. The success of the district has been due to work by the board, talented members of the staff, our schools, parents, students and critical partnerships in the community. The important work will continue. The next few days will be spent working out the details of my transition to East Baton Rouge. I am grateful for the support and the love Montgomery has shown me and my family. I know the district is on its way to becoming a model for the state and something that everyone can be proud of."

WSFA 12 News will have more information as it becomes available.