Superintendent’s Message: September 2012

Dear Colleagues and Community Members:

On September 17, I presented to the board a summary of our accomplishments in the last school year, as well as our priorities and commitments in the 2012-13 school year.

I am extremely proud of our teachers, principals, staff, and students for all of their hard work and their accomplishments in 2011-12. We saw growth in student achievement in most of our grade levels and subjects – a testament to the talent of our teaching staff. We began implementation of a bold new vision of transformation for the district, successfully completing the beginning stages of the district’s reorganization towards a network model. With the cost savings from the reorganization, we funneled $9.9 million back into our classrooms.

In 2012-13, our priorities are to sustain the work of the previous year and lead our students to even higher levels of achievement. We are committed to strengthening our work with early elementary students so that they arrive on time and on level in fourth grade. We’re committed to redefining and reinventing our middle schools, where our students are struggling more than in any other grades, so that middle schools are better meeting the needs of our students. We’re committed to highlighting stronger career pathways and strengthening our college readiness/Advanced Placement programs for our high schools, so that more of our students are graduating on time and ready to succeed in college or the workplace.

None of this work will be possible without the work and support of our fantastic Jefferson Parish staff and community, and they’ve shown that they are up to the task. In just the few short weeks that the Jefferson Parish Schools have been in session, we’ve already been tested by Hurricane Isaac. Our staff and community members – especially those in Lafitte and the Grand Isle – have responded with incredible energy and commitment to getting the schools back in shape for our students. I want to recognize and thank them for all of their hard work.

With continued dedication from the faculty, staff, and community of Jefferson Parish, I’m certain that the district will accomplish all of our goals in 2012-13. Thank you for all that you do for our students. I look forward to our work together.

Dr. James Meza
Acting Superintendent