METAIRIE, La. – Friday, the Jefferson Community Foundation and the Jefferson Business Council will release the results of a new study that is expected to show how effective the school system is in the parish.
What the report will do, is assign a grade to Jefferson Parish schools, faculty, and curriculum, as well as look at what changes need to take effect in order to improve the system plus, how soon those changes should be put into place.
The Jefferson Parish School System is among the largest in the state of Louisiana, with more than 40,000 students.
In the last 5 years, the school system faced a huge deficit and was forced to close a number of schools, a move that was put into place because of funding cuts on all levels.
Currently however, the schools system looks to be headed in the right direction.
“I reviewed the preliminary report, and it shows that on academic achievement, Jefferson Parish has improved on all levels. It’s improved its state rank, it’s improving faster than most districts, it’s by far the most improved large school system in Louisiana. We were a “D” school two years ago, we’re now a “B” school, and that’s a tremendous shift in just a short period of time, in the past two years,” said Jefferson Parish School Superintendent James Meza.
The school system is also in the process of upgrading security at all of its schools, and each campus is expected to have anywhere from 20-75 cameras installed by the end of this year.
The security camera installation is part of a $7.5 million upgrade.
The meeting will be held midmorning Friday and WWLTV will be in attendance and will bring more details as the meeting gets underway.