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Superintendent of the Year

Wes Watts


WES WATTS NAMED 2022 SUPERINTENDENT OF THE YEAR


Wes is in his 30th year overall in education and 8th as the Superintendent of Schools in West Baton Rouge Parish. His previous 22 years of experience include being a high school Science Teacher, Head Basketball Coach, Dean of Students, Athletics Director, Assistant Principal and Principal.

Wes is a passionate educator who believes in teachers, and is dedicated to preparing all students with the knowledge, skills, and character to pursue their dreams after graduation. He believes developing the whole student is critical for students to reach their maximum potential. Wes joined the West Baton Rouge Parish School District as Superintendent in 2014. The district has made great gains in academic growth, enrollment, facility improvement, and in the professional development of teachers and staff. The key to that growth has been creating a positive culture through a transformational leadership approach where everyone feels valued and are given the support needed to succeed. Creating that culture was initiated by empowering district leaders and school principals with the autonomy to own their work and by providing all employees with support for their professional and personal development.

Recognizing the priceless value of teachers, Wes invested in them with a $5,000 pay raise, a New Teacher Induction Program, a Teacher Advisory Group, and  in-house Leadership programs to develop teachers as future leaders. He also instituted an in-house program to help paraprofessionals become certified teachers. Wes also recognized that we do a poor job of recruiting our students to the education profession. While we encourage students to pursue all other professions, we too often fail to encourage students to pursue education as a profession. Wes piloted the first Educators Rising program in Louisiana and in the first year five seniors from WBR received academic scholarships from colleges of education. 

In 2016 seven of the ten schools in WBR improved their school performance by a letter grade. Two bond issues were also passed in 2016, one to give teachers a $5,000 pay raise and one for $90 million dollars to improve facilities. Since Wes became superintendent WBR has experienced major growth in Advanced Placement and Graduation Rates. More students of all races and economic status are taking and having success in AP courses leading to national recognition on the College Board National AP Honor Roll in 2017 and 2018. In 2018 WBR reached the 80% graduation rate for the first time in history at 82.6%. The graduation rate in 2019 continued to improve, 87.1%, and also in 2020 at 88.8%. Wes has served as a LASS officer since 2018 including serving as President in 2020-2021.

Wes has been married to his wife Jodie for 30 years, they have a son and a daughter, and are the proud grandparents of a granddaughter and two grandsons. 

Contact Information

Louisiana Association of School Superintendents
2713 Indian Mound Blvd.
Monroe, Louisiana 71201
Phone: 225-229-6021

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