Community Town Halls, Coffee Chats Part of 2018-19 Discovery Days Schedule

Jefferson Parish Public School System Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley will continue his conversations with educators and the community by hosting nine Discovery Days across the parish this school year.

Discovery Days are a way for Dr. Brumley to stay connected with the communities he serves as superintendent of the largest school system in Louisiana. Each Discovery Day begins with a community coffee chat from 8 to 9 a.m. and ends with a town hall meeting from 5 to 6 p.m.

“Something we heard time and time again from the community during our coffee chats and town halls in the spring was how much they valued this open line of communication with their superintendent,” said Dr. Brumley. “It was a no-brainer to make these Discovery Days a regular event. Not only do I value the opinions of our community, but we need everyone’s input to achieve our goal of improving outcomes for all students. This work is too big and too important to do alone.”

The coffee chats and town halls bookend days Dr. Brumley will spend at a different school getting to know students, educators, and families. Schools were drawn at random by each board member. Each Discovery Day begins with coffee, followed by a learning-walk around the school, a meeting with that school’s principal, lunch with students, a meeting with faculty after school, and a town hall meeting that night.

Community members are invited to the coffee chats and town halls to share their thoughts on five questions:

1. What are our strengths?
2. What are our challenges?
3. What should we start doing?
4. What should we stop doing?
5. What is possible?

Dr. Brumley originally hosted a Discovery Day in all nine JPPSS districts as part of his 100-day entry plan.

2018-19 Discovery Days Schedule

Monday, August 27, 2018

District 3: Allen Ellender School
4501 Ames Blvd.
Marrero, LA 70072
Coffee Location: Estelle Playground
5801 Leo Kerner Pkwy.
Marrero, LA 70072
Town Hall Location: Allen Ellender School

Thursday, September 27, 2018

District 6: Bridgedale Elementary
808 Zinna St.
Metairie, LA 70001
Coffee Location: Cleary Playground
3700 Civic St.
Metairie, LA 70001
Town Hall Location: Bridgedale Elementary

Monday, October 15, 2018

District 1: William Hart Elementary
2001 Hancock St.
Gretna, LA 70053
Coffee Location: Terrytown Playground
641 Heritage Avenue
Terrytown, LA 70056
Town Hall Location: William Hart Elementary

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

District 9: Roosevelt Middle
3315 Maine Ave.
Kenner, LA 70065
Coffee Location: Girard Playground
5300 Irving St.
Metairie, LA 70003
Town Hall Location: Roosevelt Middle

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

District 4: Riverdale High
240 Riverdale Dr.
Jefferson, LA 70121
Coffee Location: Pontiff Playground
1521 Palm St.
Metairie, LA 70001
Town Hall Location: Riverdale High

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

District 5: G.T. Woods Elementary
1037 31 St.
Kenner, LA 70065
Coffee Location: TBD
Town Hall Location: G.T. Woods Elementary

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

District 2: St. Ville Elementary
1121 Pailet Avenue
Harvey, LA 70058
Coffee Location: TBD
Town Hall Location: St. Ville Elementary

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

District 8: Bissonet Plaza Elementary
6818 Kawanee Drive
Metairie, LA 70003
Coffee Location: TBD
Town Hall Location: Bissonet Plaza Elementary

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

District 7: Hazel Park/Hilda Knoff Elementary
8809 Jefferson Hwy.
River Ridge, LA 70123
Coffee Location: TBD
Town Hall Location: Hazel Park/Hilda Knoff Elementary