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'Time now for new voices' - NOPS superintendent to step down in 2022

Dr. Lewis, 46, has served as the system's superintendent since March, 2015 and has been with the public school system for 12 years.
Credit: SHAWN FINK
Orleans Parish School Board superintendent of schools Dr. Henderson Lewis Jr. speaks during a press conference in New Orleans, La., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.Advocate photo by SHAWN FINK

NEW ORLEANS — Dr. Henderson Lewis, the superintendent of New Orleans public schools, a largely charter-led district, announced Tuesday that he would step down next year when his contract expires.

Dr. Lewis, 46, has served as the system's superintendent since March, 2015 and has been with the public school system for 12 years.

“I am proud of NOLA Public Schools. I am proud of our staff, our teachers, our school leaders and most of all, our students and families,” Dr. Lewis said. “And with all journeys, there comes times for new direction and new leadership. I believe now is the time now for new voices, new dreams, and new visionaries to carry NOLA Public Schools into the future.”

Dr. Lewis has faced a series of challenges with the public school system in New Orleans, but none more so than the past 15 months when the system moved to an all-virtual learning style during the pandemic and later with most schools moving to a hybrid system with students attending classes both in person and online.

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