Jefferson Parish Public Schools

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Jefferson Parish Public Schools is a school district based in Harvey in unincorporated Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States.[1][2] The district operates all district public schools in Jefferson Parish. As of 2014 it had 47,000 students, making it the largest public school system in the state.[3]

History[edit]

In 1981 it had about 61,000 students and 75 schools. By 2012 it had 81 schools but about 46,000. That year there was a proposal to close seven schools.[4] Of the nine the Jefferson Parish School Board members, eight voted in favor of the closures and one voted against.[5] The projected number of students to be moved was about 2,000.[6]

Demographics[edit]

In the 2014–2015 school year the district had 48,126 students, 1,467 students (3%) higher than the enrollment of the previous school year. There were a total of 5,634 English Language Learners (ELL) students as part of the overall student enrollment for 2014–2015, and that had increased by about 1,200 (28%). Most of the additional students for 2014-2015 were Hispanic, and of them, most were Honduran. According to ELL director Karina Castillo the East Bank had more of the new students than the West Bank.[7]

Academic performance[edit]

James K. Glassman of The Atlantic wrote in 1978 that the school system was of the same quality as that of New Orleans even though Jefferson Parish was wealthier than New Orleans; Glassman described Jefferson Parish as "one of the most poorly run rich counties in the United States."[8]

In October 2009, the release of annual school performance scores by the Louisiana Department of Education revealed that Jefferson Parish's public school system posted its largest-ever increase in performance score, to 78.4, though the performance score remained significantly below the state average of 91.[9] In 2011, according to state accountability rules, the district made a "D" grade. This increased to a "C" in 2012, and then a "B" on 2013, giving it the 36th highest score of the school districts in the state.[10] This score applies to the 2012–2013 school year.[11] Its Louisiana performance score was 85.9 of 150. In 2014 it continued having a "B" ranking, with its performance being 87.2 of 150.[12]

By 2012 the district established a policy stating that if a principal does not reach academic goals in three years, the principal will be removed. In 2012 15 principals lost their jobs over this policy.[13]

Operations[edit]

As of 2014 teachers who have large numbers of bilingual students and are fluent in either Spanish, Arabic, and Vietnamese may receive a $3,000 annual stipend and/or a $2,000 signing bonus.[14]

Previously the district had an administrative building in Marrero for people living in the West Bank of the parish. It was proposed for closure and consolidation into the Harvey headquarters in 2012.[15]

The teachers previously had a collective bargaining agreement but it expired in 2012.[16] The school board did not wish to renew it. The Teacher Voice Advisory Council was created in 2013.[17]

Schools[edit]

K-12 schools[edit]

6-12 schools[edit]

Secondary schools[edit]

7-12 schools
6-12 schools

(unzoned)

High schools[edit]

East Bank
West Bank
Alternative high schools, West Bank

Middle schools[edit]

East Bank
West Bank

K-8 schools[edit]

K-8 schools:

  • Kenner Discovery Health Science Academy/KDHSA - Kenner - By 2014 the school made attempts to recruit prospective students who were categorized as "at risk" (higher chance of failure) and black students. That year 58% of its students were deemed "at-risk". In 2014 the Jefferson Parish School Board approved allowing the school to expand. Its enrollment for 2015 was allowed to increase by 90 and that year it was allowed to include the 8th grade; the 7th grade was previously the highest.[18]

Elementary schools[edit]

East Bank

Zoned

Unzoned

West Bank

Zoned

Unzoned

Kindergartens[edit]

Former schools[edit]

2012 closures

They were:[5]

  • Ralph J. Bunche Accelerated Academy for High School Preparation - (Unincorporated, Metairie) - The closure plan called for the students to be moved to Bonnabel High.[15]
  • Homedale Elementary School - (Unincorporated, Harvey) - The closure plan called for students to be moved to McDonogh No. 26 Elementary.[20]
  • Joseph S. Maggiore, Sr. Elementary School - (Unincorporated, Metairie) - Area parents advocated for keeping Maggiore open. The closure plan called for students to be moved to Clancy, Green Park, and Woods.[20]
  • Kate Middleton Elementary School - Gretna - The closure plan called for some students to be moved to Hart Elementary and others to be moved to Terrytown Elementary. In the 2011–2012 school year, Middleton had 370 students. Some parents criticized the closure plans as the school district stated that 350 was the minimum enrollment for an optimally-run elementary school, but the district still chose to close Middleton. The school's performance under Louisiana accountability laws declined after 2008, with the 2010–2011 score being a "D-".[21]
  • Norbert Rillieux Elementary School - (Unincorporated, Waggaman) - The closure plan called for the students to be moved to Cherbonnier Elementary.[15] In 2011 the school had 208 students.[21]
  • Bonella A. St. Ville Accelerated Academy - (Unincorporated, Harvey) - Initially Elm Grove Elementary School, it served as a neighborhood elementary campus, and in the pre-1970s racially segregated period it was for black children. It was renamed after formal principal Bonella A. St. Ville. It was later converted into an alternative middle school for students who were academically behind their peers. It had 144 students in 2012.[22] The closure plan called for the program to be moved to Ehret High.[15] There were area residents arguing that it instead should go back to being a neighborhood elementary school.[23]
  • Waggaman School - The closure plan called for the program to be moved to West Bank Community School.[15]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Home page Archived 2013-03-26 at the Wayback Machine. Jefferson Parish Public Schools. Retrieved on December 23, 2009. "501 Manhattan Blvd | Harvey, Louisiana 70058"
  2. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): Harvey CDP, LA" (Archive). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 18, 2014.
  3. ^ Tan, Sarah. "What’s the upside to tough, new Common Core tests for schools? Throwing out those decade-old computers." The Times-Picayune. May 16, 2014. Retrieved on May 19, 2014.
  4. ^ Bronston, Barri. "Jefferson Parish school closure plan finally coming to a vote". The Times Picayune. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  5. ^ a b Waller, Mark (2012-05-17). "Jefferson Parish School Board closes 7 schools". The Times Picayune. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  6. ^ Waller, Mark (2012-02-25). "School closure and consolidation plans up for debate next week would affect about 2,000 Jefferson Parish students". The Times Picayune. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  7. ^ Calder, Chad. "Honduran students swell Jefferson Parish public school enrollment" (Archive). The New Orleans Advocate. December 19, 2014. Retrieved on September 6, 2015.
  8. ^ Glassman, James K. "New Orleans: I Have Seen the Future, and It's Houston." The Atlantic. July 1978. Retrieved on November 12, 2016.
  9. ^ The Times-Picayune Editorial Board. "Jefferson Parish schools make progress, but still have long way to go: an editorial." The Times-Picayune, October 15, 2009. Updated October 16, 2009.
  10. ^ "Jefferson parish public schools go up whole letter grade in new ranking." WVUE Fox 8. November 1, 2013. Retrieved on April 7, 2014.
  11. ^ Tan, Sarah. "Jefferson Parish public schools show improvement, receive B grade." The Times-Picayune. October 24, 2013. Retrieved on May 19, 2014.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h Williams, Jessica (2014-10-21). "In Jefferson, first A-rated open-enrollment schools emerge". The Times Picayune. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  13. ^ Waller, Mark. "15 Jefferson Parish public school principals ousted under academic performance policy." The Times-Picayune. June 5, 2012. Updated June 6, 2012. Retrieved on May 19, 2014.
  14. ^ Adelson, Jeff. "Jefferson schools to offer bonuses to bilingual teachers" (Archive). The New Orleans Advocate. September 4, 2014. Retrieved on September 6, 2015.
  15. ^ a b c d e Waller, Mark (2012-01-18). "Jefferson Parish school officials announce five schools for possible closure". The Times Picayune. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  16. ^ Williams, Jessica (2014-08-05). "3 key passages from the Jefferson Parish public schools' controversial union contract proposal". The Times Picayune. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  17. ^ Williams, Jessica (2014-07-29). "Do Jefferson Parish school system officials really listen to teachers?". The Times Picayune. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  18. ^ Williams, Jessica (2014-12-19). "Kenner charter school makes 'sincere effort' to recruit black and low-income students, wins expansion". The Times Picayune. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  19. ^ Waller, Mark (2012-01-31). "Overcrowding remedy in Jefferson Parish public schools could force hundreds of student transfers". The Times Picayune. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  20. ^ a b Bronston, Barri (2012-05-01). "Parents, teachers urge Jefferson Parish School Board to keep elementary school open". The Times Picayune. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  21. ^ a b Waller, Mark (2012-01-25). "Kate Middleton Elementary School parents decry proposal to close it". The Times Picayune. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  22. ^ Waller, Mark (2012-02-08). "Harvey residents worry about loss of St. Ville Academy". The Times Picayune. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  23. ^ Bronston, Barri (2012-02-27). "Dozens oppose Jefferson Parish school closure plan at hearing". The Times Picayune. Retrieved 2020-05-28.

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