Jefferson Parish Public School System, Louisiana

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Jefferson Parish Public Schools
Harvey, Louisiana
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. James Meza Jr.
Enrollment:45,688
Graduation rate:69.4%[1]
Number of schools:82
Budget: $404,792,504
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Mark Morgan (I)
Board members:9
Term length:4 years
Jefferson Parish Public School System is a school district in Louisiana. In the 2011-2012 school year, Jefferson Parish Public School System was the largest school district in Louisiana and served 45,688 students.[2]

About the district

Jefferson Parish Public Schools System is located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.
Jefferson Parish Public School System is located in southeastern Louisiana. Gretna is the seat of the parish government. Jefferson Parish was home to approximately 434,767 residents according to 2013 estimates by the United States Census Bureau.[3]

Demographics

Jefferson Parish overperformed compared to the rest of Louisiana in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 23.2 percent of Jefferson Parish residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 21.4 percent for Louisiana as a whole. The median household income for the parish was $48,522 compared to $44,673 statewide. The poverty rate in the parish was 15.3 percent compared to 18.7 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Jefferson Parish (%) Louisiana (%)
White 66.6 63.5
Black or African American 27.0 32.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.8
Asian 4.1 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.6 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 13.4 4.7

Presidential Voting Pattern, Jefferson Parish[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 70,384 102,536
2008 65,096 113,191
2004 72,136 117,882
2000 70,411 105,003

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5]

Superintendent

The superintendent of Jefferson Parish Public School System is Dr. James Meza Jr., who took the position in 2011. From 2011 to 2014, the school district's letter grade has improved from a D to a B and the number of individual schools being rated B or A increased from 13 to 32. Prior to working in the district, Meza was a professor and dean at the University of New Orleans for over 21 years. During that time, he launched the University of New Orleans Charter School Network and Louisiana's first Type 5 charter schools in the Louisiana Recovery District.[6]

Meza previously served as the executive director of the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and the interim Louisiana Superintendent of Education, where he started Louisiana’s educational quality and trust fund and restructured the Louisiana Department of Education as the state superintendent’s position switched from an elected position to one appointed by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.[6]

Meza has also worked as a high school teacher and principal. He served 32 years in the Louisiana Army National Guard and retired at the rank of Colonel.[6]

School board

Jefferson Parish Public School System is overseen by a school board comprised of nine partisan members who are elected to represent geographical districts for four-year terms. The partisan affiliation in the table below represents the affiliation which the officeholder held in his or her most recent election. In December 2012, the school board adopted a redistricting plan, which was developed by Redistricting LLC. The board choose to keep the city of Westwego unified under District 1. There had been discussion of moving one predominately African-American precinct in Westwego to District 5, but it was ultimately decided against.[7] The map on the right shows the district boundaries as drawn by the 2012 decision.

A map of the school board districts after the 2012 redistricting plan's approval.
Jefferson Parish School Board
Member District Partisan
Affiliation
Assumed
Office
Term
Ends
Mark Morgan 1 Independent Independent 2004 December 31, 2018
Ricky Johnson 2 Democratic Democratic Party January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018
Ray St. Pierre 3 Democratic Democratic Party January 1, 2003 December 31, 2018
Melinda Bourgeois 4 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018
Cedric Floyd 5 Democratic Democratic Party 2008 December 31, 2018
Larry Dale 6 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2011 December 31, 2018
Melinda Doucet 7 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018
Marion "Coach" Bonura 8 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018
Sandy Denapolis-Bosarge 9 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2011 December 31, 2018

School board elections

See also: Jefferson Parish Public Schools elections (2014)

The nine school board members are elected concurrently by district in partisan elections. This means that regular school board elections are held every four years with all nine members being up for re-election at that time. Additionally, all members are elected by a geographically defined district which they represent. Nine seats were up for general election on November 4, 2014, and two seats were determined in a runoff on December 6, 2014. The next regular school board election will be held November 2018.

School board candidates in Louisiana are elected by majority vote, which means the winner must receive more than 50 percent of the votes cast in the general election to win the seat. Runoff elections are held between the top two candidates for races where no candidate receives a majority. Candidates who are unopposed at the end of a candidate filing period are considered elected as of that date.[8]

Any member who at the end of his or her term has served more than two and one-half terms in the last three consecutive terms cannot be re-elected in the following term. However, they can be re-elected following the one term break. These term limits first took effect with terms beginning on or after January 2010 and do not apply retroactively.[8]

Public participation in board meetings

The Jefferson Parish School Board maintains the following policies on public testimony during board meetings on their website:

PUBLIC COMMENT

Anyone is welcome to speak at school board meetings. Public comment generally appears in four sections of a board meeting. The public may make comments prior to second readings, prior to the consent agenda, and prior to items pulled from consent agenda. Other general comments may be made at the end of the meeting, prior to the announcements.

Members of the public who wish to address the Board are required to fill out a comment card and submit it to the board secretary before the meeting begins. Comment cards can be found in the entryway of the board room.

Persons addressing the board are asked to be courteous and respectful. Individuals are asked to approach the board and state their name and address for the record. Public comments are limited to three (3) minutes per person.[9]

—Jefferson Parish Public School System website, (2014), [10]

Budget

The table below displays the budget for the Jefferson Parish Public School System:[11]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $329,045,680 81.3% $26,708,309 6.6% $45,652,515 11.3% $2,000,000 0.5% $1,386,000 0.3% $404,792,504
Averages: $329,045,680 81% $26,708,309 7% $45,652,515 11% $2,000,000 0% $1,386,000 0% $404,792,504

Teacher salaries

Jefferson Parish Public School System employs 2,969 teachers.[12] Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. Certified teachers can received pay increases with a master's degree, 30 credit hours beyond a master's degree and an education specialist degree.

The following table details the salary schedule for Jefferson Parish certified school teachers in the 2014-2015 school year:[13]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Base salary 40,949 56,549
M.A. 41,549 57,149
M.A. + 30 42,149 57,749
Specialist 42,749 58,349

Schools in Jefferson Parish Public School System

Enrollment

Jefferson Parish Public School System served 45,688 students in the 2011-2012 school year. The district does not publicly archive enrollment data.[2]

District schools

Jefferson Parish Public School System operates 82 schools listed below in alphabetical order:

Jefferson Parish Public School System
School Name
A-I J-Z
Adams, John Q. Middle Janet, Congetta Trippe Elementary
Airline Park Academy for Advanced Studies Jefferson Chamber Foundation Academy
Alexander, A. C. Elementary Jefferson Elementary
Audubon, John James Elementary Jefferson, Thomas High
Birney, Alice Elementary Johnson, Shirley T.-Gretna Park Elementary
Bissonet Plaza Elementary Keller, Harold Elementary
Bonnabel, Alfred Magnet Academy High School Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy
Boudreaux, Geraldine Elementary Kerner, Leo Elementary
Bridgedale Elementary King, Grace High
Butler, Joshua Elementary Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts
Celerity Woodmere Charter School Livaudais Middle
Chateau Estates School Live Oak Elementary
Cherbonnier-Rillieux Elementary Marrero Academy for Advanced Studies
Clancy-Maggiore Elementary School for the Arts Marrero, L.H. Middle
Collins, Lionel Montessori School Martyn, John H. Alternative School
Cox, George A. Elementary Matas, Rudolph Elementary
Cox, Helen High McDonogh No. 26 Elementary
Cuillier, Joseph A. Sr. Career Center Meisler, J.D. Middle
Dolhonde, Ella Elementary Metairie Academy for Advanced Studies
East Jefferson High Pitre, Vic A. Elementary
Ehret, John High Pittman, Ella C. Elementary
Ellender, Allen School Riverdale High
Ellis, J.C. Elementary Riverdale Middle
Estelle Elementary Riviere, Marie Elementary
Fisher Middle-High Roosevelt, Theodore Middle
Ford, Henry Middle Ruppel, L.W. Academy for Advanced Studies
Grand Isle School Schneckenburger, Walter Elementary
Green Park Elementary Solis, Paul J. Elementary
Greenlawn Terrace Elementary St. Ville – Douglass Connections
Gretna Middle Strehle, Catherine Elementary
Gretna No. 2 Academy for Advanced Studies Taylor, Patrick F. Science & Technology Academy
Harahan Elementary Terrytown Elementary
Harris, Mildred S. Elementary Thibodeaux, Myrtle C. Elementary
Harris, T. H. Middle Truman, Harry S. Middle
Hart, William Elementary Wall, Miller Elementary
Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies Washington Montessori School
Hazel Park/Hilda Knoff Elementary West Jefferson High
Hearst, Phoebe Elementary Westbank Community School
Higgins, L.W. High Woodland West Elementary
International School of Louisiana Woods, Granville T. Elementary
Worley, Stella Middle
Young Audiences Charter School

Academic performance

Louisiana administers three main sets of tests to measure the academic performance of K-12 students: DIBELS Next, iLEAP and End-of-Course tests. Additionally, districts are given a letter ranking of A-F based on performance across all grades of students.

DIBELS Next

DIBELS Next is the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills test which is administered to K-3 students statewide. The test places students into one of three categories. Those who meet the benchmark levels are placed in the "core" category, indicating they only need core reading curriculum going forward. The other two categories indicate students who need "strategic" or "intensive" intervention in reading education. The following chart outlines the percentage of students in the district in each of the categories:[14]

DIBELS Next results[15]
Testing date Kindergarten 1st grade 2nd grade 3rd grade
Core (%) Strategic (%) Intensive (%) Core (%) Strategic (%) Intensive (%) Core (%) Strategic (%) Intensive (%) Core (%) Strategic (%) Intensive (%)
Spring 2013 71 14 15 59 14 28 61 16 23 53 17 30
Fall 2012 54 16 30 53 14 33 64 12 24 58 12 29
Spring 2012 56 20 24 50 14 36 49 20 30 49 16 35
Fall 2011 50 18 33 46 14 39 55 13 32 54 12 34

iLEAP and LEAP

LEAP and iLEAP percentile ranks[15]
Year Mastery and above (%) Basic and above (%)
2014 District 23 67
Statewide 24 69
2013 District 21 66
Statewide 23 66
2012 District N/A 64
Statewide N/A 68
2011 District N/A 61
Statewide N/A 66
2010 District N/A 60
Statewide N/A 65

Louisiana 3rd through 8th grade students statewide are tested annually in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. These tests are called iLEAP and LEAP.

On both tests, students can earn the following scores:

  • Advanced: A student demonstrates superior performance in the subject.
  • Mastery: A student demonstrates competency of challenging subject matter and is well prepared for the next level of schooling.
  • Basic: A student demonstrates only fundamental knowledge and skills in the subject.
  • Approaching Basic: A student only partially demonstrates the fundamental knowledge and skills of the subject.
  • Unsatisfactory: A student does not demonstrate the fundamental knowledge and skills.[9]

Louisiana Department of Education website, (2014), [16]

The table on the right compares the percentage of district students scoring either mastery and higher or basic and higher on the iLEAP and LEAP with the statewide averages. The percentage of mastery and higher is not available prior to 2013 results.

End-of-course tests

High school students in Louisiana take end-of-course tests in algebra I, geometry, English II and III, biology and U.S. history. The students receive one of the following four scores on each test:

  • Excellent: A student demonstrates superior performance of the course content.
  • Good: A student demonstrates mastery of course content and is well prepared for the next level of coursework in the subject.
  • Fair: A student demonstrates only the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for the next level of coursework in the subject.
  • Needs Improvement: A student does not demonstrate the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for the next level of coursework in the subject.[9]

Louisiana Department of Education website, (2014), [17]

In the 2013-2014 school year, 60 percent of students taking end-of-course tests across all subjects in the district earned a grade of good or excellent. This was up 5 percent from 55 percent in 2012-2013.[15]

District letter grade

Louisiana uses a letter grade system of A through F to describe school performance scores. The table on the right outlines the district's letter score by year. The scores are based on the following measurements:

A-F Letter Grade Results[18]
Year Performance
score
Letter
grade
2014 87.2 B
2013 85.9 B
  • Elementary schools (K-6): 100 percent of the school grade is based on student achievement on annual assessments in English language arts, math, science, and social studies. Schools may also earn points for significant improvement with students who are academically behind.
  • Middle schools (7-8): 95 percent of the school grade is based on student achievement on annual assessments with the final 5 percent based on credits earned through the end of students’ 9th grade year. Schools may also earn points for significant improvement with students who are academically behind.
  • High schools (9-12): Half of the school grade is based on student achievement (25 percent on the ACT and 25 percent on End-of-Course assessments). Half of the school grade is based on graduation (25 percent on the graduation index, which rewards achievements like Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exam credit, and 25 percent on the cohort graduation rate, the percentage of students graduating in four years). Schools may also earn points for significant improvement with students who are academically behind.[9]

Louisiana Department of Education website, (2014), [19]

Issues

Board term limits

On July 1, 2009, Governor Bobby Jindal signed House Bill 504 into law as Act 291. This act created term limits for members of the Jefferson Parish school board by amending state statutory language. The amended language stated,

Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, a member of the Jefferson Parish School Board, who at the end of his term of office on the board will have served as a member of the board for more than two and one-half terms in three consecutive terms, such service being during terms that began on or after January 1, 2010, shall not be elected to the board for the succeeding term.[9]

Louisiana State Legislature website, (2009), [20]

Contact information

Jefferson Parish Public School System logo.PNG
Jefferson Parish Public School System
501 Manhattan Blvd.
Harvey, LA 70058
Phone: (504) 349-7600

See also

External links

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References

  1. Louisiana Department of Education, "District and State Graduation Rates (2005-2006 to 2012-2013)," accessed November 24, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed June 17, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, Quick Facts," accessed August 14, 2014
  4. Louisiana Secretary of State, "Official Results," accessed August 14, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Jefferson Parish Public School System, "Leadership : Superintendent," accessed November 25, 2014
  7. The Times-Picayune, "Jefferson Parish School Board approves redistricting plan, new turnaround network," January 10, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 Louisiana Secretary of State, "QUALIFICATIONS OF CANDIDATES," accessed September 2, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Jefferson Parish Public School System, "Jefferson Parish School Board Meeting Guide," accessed November 25, 2014
  11. Jefferson Parish Public School System, "Budget & Accounting," accessed December 3, 2013
  12. Jefferson Parish Public School System, "Facts & Figures," accessed November 25, 2014
  13. Jefferson Parish Public School System, "2014-14 Salary Tables," accessed November 4, 2014
  14. Louisiana Department of Education, "DIBELS Next," accessed November 24, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Louisiana Department of Education, "Test Results," accessed November 24, 2014
  16. Louisiana Department of Education, "Annual Assessments," accessed November 24, 2014
  17. Louisiana Department of Education, "End-of-Course Tests," accessed November 24, 2014
  18. Louisiana Department of Education, "Performance Scores," accessed November 24, 2014
  19. Louisiana Department of Education, "School Letter Grades," accessed November 24, 2014
  20. Louisiana State Legislature, "Act No. 291," 2009