Llorens named private school’s founding president
James L. Llorens has been confirmed by the Board of Directors for Cristo Rey Baton Rouge to serve as founding president. The board held its launch meeting March 3, 2015, and is currently completing its feasibility study. Although no facility has been located for the Catholic, college prep school, it is scheduled to open in Fall 2016. The high school will be private but only enroll low-income students. Llorens formerly served as chancellor of Southern University and A&M College and a former aide to East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden. In the Cristo Rey model, students participate in a corporate work-study program. Local businesses sponsor a full time job that is shared by a team of four students who each work one full day per week at the business. The job salary is paid to the school to offset tuition costs for students. The jobs provide students with hands on experience to prepare them for future careers. The Cristo Rey network is made up of 28 schools serving 9,000 students in 26 cities. The network has a 96% graduation rate, a 100% college acceptance rate, and a 90% college enrollment rate.