Message from the Superintendent: March 2014

suptmsg-webWe are fully into testing season, with the iLEAP and LEAP tests scheduled to begin in just a few weeks on April 7. As I mentioned in my last eNews message, we rely on parent and family support for our students during testing to ensure that all of our students are prepared and ready to succeed. For test-prep tips and resources to help your student perform at his or her best, please click here to read my February message or visit the state website.

I am also excited to share some good news and updates with the greater community. In February, we announced the JPPSS teachers of the year and principal of the year, who then progressed to the statewide competition. I’m pleased to announce that our very own Troy Hobson of Greenlawn Terrace Elementary has been named a semi-finalist for State Teacher of the Year and Denise Rehm of Butler Elementary has been named a semi-finalist for State Principal of the Year. We are incredibly proud that these two educators are representing Jefferson Parish at the state level and wish them luck as they move on in the process.

Our JPPSS athletic teams have had impressive performances this year, and at the last board meeting, two more teams were recognized for their successes: Helen Cox High School’s girls basketball team, or the “Fabulous 8,” have progressed to the LHSAA semi-finals, and Higgins High School’s boys basketball team has progressed to the quarterfinals.  Congratulations to both these teams, coaches, and staff!

Finally, I want to highlight two important actions recently taken by the school board.

First, the school board demonstrated their commitment to school facilities by voting to dedicate $7.3 million to upgrade high school facilities over the next two years. This is part of a larger package of approximately $10 million the district plans to use for critical facility upgrades. I’m thankful to the board for prioritizing these essential repairs and helping to ensure that we continue to provide a safe and secure facility for our students.

Second, the board adopted a resolution that takes a position on education-related bills before the 2014 legislature. The resolution addresses topics ranging from school and district funding to standards and assessments, to teachers and personnel. Please take a moment to read the board’s positions on these important topics.

Once again, I want to thank you for your continued support and hard work on behalf of our students. We could not do this work without you.