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Message from Dr. Brumley: May 2018

Jefferson Parish Schools Family,

I hope this letter finds you well. I am well into my second month as your superintendent and have focused on the execution of our 100-day entry plan called, Love to Learn; Learn to Lead. This induction strategy has been super helpful in learning about system strengths and opportunities for improvement as we move forward.

So far, I’ve had the opportunity to analyze student performance data as well as listen to hundreds of passionate stakeholders share their thoughts on our system. I am cataloguing all information and will use it to craft our next steps. Throughout my conversations, I’ve heard several consistent themes from students, employees, parents, and community members. If something is shared repeatedly and forms a pattern, it probably needs some attention. Let me say “Thanks” to everyone who attended one of our stakeholder events so far.

We are wrapping up our graduations in Jefferson Parish. That’s always a time of celebration and excitement for many families. I extend my warmest congratulations to our graduates and their support systems that ushered them towards their diploma. Unfortunately, too few of our students are graduating high school. In fact, the latest Louisiana Department of Education release shows we have a 71.8% graduation rate. That is unacceptable and I’m committed to working with everyone to help ensure all students graduate high school prepared for their next season of life. I’ll need your help.

As we step into summer, I hope everyone finds time for some relaxation and rejuvenation. I’m convinced we can all use it! Please encourage all students to spend time in books; our public libraries have developed an interesting summer program. Also, please take every opportunity to mentor children in the community.

I am optimistic we can have a stronger public school system despite our challenges. Let’s keep a positive outlook and consistently share the stories of wonderful things happening in our system with our employees and by our students.

Take care and be well,

Dr. Cade Brumley