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HARVEY, La. -- Dr. James Meza, who has led Jefferson Parish Public Schools since 2011, has announced he is stepping down at the end of September.

According to school officials, Meza was brought in as a 'transitional leader' and became known as the 'turnaround superintendent,' leading a transformation at the Jefferson Parish schools.

'Anyone who doubts that significant progress can take place in a traditional, locally-controlled school district needs to look no further than Jefferson Parish,' Meza said.

Jefferson Parish schools improved their performance rating from a 'D' to a 'B' during Meza's first two years as superintendent.

'I am proud of the results. The work that the Jefferson Parish school community has done should be considered a model that school systems and school boards throughout our state and country can use to advance student achievement, ' Meza said.

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