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The Greater New Orleans Foundation released New Orleans School Partnership Study: What Our Students Need and How We Can Help. In partnership with NOLA Public Schools and funding support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Baptist Community Ministries, the new report identifies some of our students’ most urgent needs and a roadmap for how schools and community partners can increase resources, coordination, partnership, and investments to improve student support and performance. View full report here >> 

Today (Nov. 8), the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) released the 2017-2018 School Performance Scores (SPS), school letter grades, and progress index scores. Scores revealed that nearly 80 percent of district schools received a progress index score of “A” or “B” for the 2017- 2018 school year.

“This year’s School Performance Scores, particularly the newer Progress Index Score, reflect the hard work of our teachers and students in Orleans Parish. Progress is being made and we need to continue building from that foundation,” said Orleans Parish School Board Superintendent of Schools Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. “This is a new day and a new district, and these scores will serve as the new baseline for our unified district.”

Of the schools in the district, not including those that were recently closed or are alternative schools, 61 percent received a score of “C” or better.

“These gains are modest, but important because they tell us that we are headed in the right direction. We know that we still have a long way to go, but this board is committed to doing what is necessary for the students and families of our city,” said OPSB President John A. Brown, Sr.

Dear McDonogh 35 School Community,

On behalf of NOLA Public Schools, our Orleans Parish School Board members, administration staff and the education community at large, I offer our collective condolences to the Reese family on the passing of our beloved Wayne Reese, who served as Head Coach of the McDonogh 35 Football Team.

Upon hearing of the loss of Coach Reese, Board President Ethan Ashley expressed his grief in this way: “The hardest job I have as Board President is to pay the proper tribute to people in our school system who have given their lives to the betterment of our children. Coach Wayne Reese epitomizes the dedication and commitment that educators in New Orleans have demonstrated through all our trials and tribulations. The Public School community joins with the hundreds of young men and women whose lives Coach Reese touched in saying – We Are Forever Grateful! Our condolences and prayers are with his family. Thank you Coach for a legacy of faith, inspiration and belief in young people.”

This new normal in which we are all currently living has further complicated the grieving process because no longer can we gather in one space and grieve collectively or swap stories that would help to cheer us up. In addition, this new normal does not lend itself for us to be able to properly comfort one another and provide the support that is often needed with the sudden loss of a loved one.

We count it a blessing that just this past January, we recognized Coach Reese for his 250th football coaching victory at Mc35. Board Members took a moment to recognize this amazing accomplishment and Coach Reese’s dedicated years of service. As part of that recognition, NOLA Public Schools sat down with Coach Reese to talk about his love of coaching and education. You can watch that video here.

In the interview, the passion and pride for the institution with which he had been a part of for 17 years, was evident as he sported his beloved McDonogh 35 hat and shirt with the Roneagle proudly sitting on his chest. He was deeply loved by his students who fought hard for every win to ensure that he reached his personal goal of achieving 250 victories.

With almost 50 years of service under his belt, Coach Reese has said that he never coached for the money. He did it because he enjoyed it and the good people who surrounded him. Coach Reese, we honor you and we thank you for your countless hours, days, weeks, months, and years of service to our students. You truly were a star that shined bright. May you rest in peace and may your family find comfort in the memories that will last a lifetime.


Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr.

NOLA-PS Superintendent of Schools

NEW ORLEANS – (April 9, 2020) Due to the resignation of District 5 School Board Member Ben Kleban, which will be effective on June 15 2020, the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) will receive Letters of Interest from qualified individuals seeking to fill the District 5 seat on an interim basis. To be a school board member the person must be at least 18 years old, a resident in Louisiana for the preceding two years and domiciled for the preceding year in the district to which he or she is being appointed. [La. R.S. 17:52(E)(1)].

Pursuant to OPSB Policy ABCDA and La. R.S. 18:602, OPSB has 20 days in which to fill the vacancy created by Mr. Kleban’s resignation, or the Governor will appoint a person to fill the vacancy. Therefore, at its May 14, 2020 Board Business Meeting, the OPSB intends to appoint a qualified person to fill the vacant District 5 School Board seat on an interim basis from June 15, 2020 until the December 31, 2020 to fill the unexpired term of Ben Kleban.

All interested persons must submit a Letter of Interest by Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 12:00 noon. Letters of Interest should be addressed to Board President Ethan Ashley, and mailed to the OPSB Board Office, 2401 Westbend Parkway, Suite 5055, New Orleans, Louisiana 70114 or emailed to the OPSB Board Counsel at

In addition to the Letter of Interest, all persons must also submit a resume' and an Affidavit of Qualifications, which is attached [consistent with La. R.S. 17:52(E)(1)]. A copy of a current Louisiana Driver's License (or other official Louisiana identification) must be attached. The following additional documents must be attached to the Affidavit of Qualifications to demonstrate the required residency and domicile: (1) copy of lease demonstrating residency and domicile in the District or a copy of the homestead exemption claimed by the applicant; (2) copy of a utility bill bearing the applicant’s name on the account; and (3) a copy of the applicant’s voter registration card or other document indicating where the applicant is registered to vote.

OPSB also requests that applicants submit with their Letter of Interest a short Vision Statement responding to the following three questions: 1) What is your vision for public education in Orleans Parish? 2) What in your experience best qualifies you for this interim appointment? 3) What do you believe a "quality" school district looks like? 4) What are your top three priorities that you would like to address if you are selected?

For more information, please direct any questions to the OPSB Board Counsel at

ABOUT NOLA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: NOLA Public Schools is the public school district for Orleans Parish, which includes the district’s elected school board, known as the Orleans Parish School Board and the district’s administration led by NOLA Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis Jr. NOLA Public Schools currently oversees 78 public schools. For more information, visit For updates, follow NOLA Public Schools on Facebook @NOLAPublicSchools, Instagram @nolaps  and Twitter @NOLAPSchools.

WHAT: The Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) will be hosting two meetings remotely on Tuesday, March 24. The Orleans School Facilities Foundation (OSFF) Meeting and the OPSB Board Business Meeting will be accessible to the public via teleconference/video conference. The meetings are being held remotely in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to preserve the health and safety of all members of the public. The OPSB will utilize the online platform Zoom to live-stream meetings, which will be open for the public to view and participate in online or via phone. The board will consider a series of action items. Both agendas will be posted publicly no later than 24 hours in advance of the meetings here. Public comments will be accepted during the live stream of the meeting.

To participate online:

The live stream will be available here beginning at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. To comment online, please use the “raise hand” feature at the bottom of the web page. The meeting moderator will announce the speaker and unmute audio at the appropriate time. The speaker should state their name and address for the record, public comments are limited to two minutes, per policy. Step-by-step instructions to access the Zoom live-stream can be found here.

To participate via phone:
To access the OSFF meeting, at 1pm, via telephone conference dial 929-205-6099 or 301-715-8592, and enter 372-464-517 when prompted to enter the meeting ID.

To access the OPSB meeting, at 3pm, via telephone conference dial 929-205-6099 or 301-715-8592, and enter 683-877-499 when prompted to enter the meeting ID. The speaker should state their name and address for the record, public comments are limited to two minutes, per policy.

For questions regarding the virtual board meeting, please email:

Tuesday, March 24

 Orleans School Facilities Foundation Meeting - 1 p.m.
 OPSB Board Monthly March Meeting – 3 p.m.

The live stream will be available here.

To access the OSFF meeting, at 1pm, via telephone conference dial 929-205-6099 or 301-715-8592, and enter 372-464-517 when prompted to enter the meeting ID.

To access the OPSB meeting, at 3pm, via telephone conference dial 929-205-6099 or 301-715-8592, and enter 683-877-499 when prompted to enter the meeting ID. The speaker should state their name and address for the record, public comments are limited to two minutes, per policy.

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2401 Westbend Parkway
New Orleans, Louisiana 70114

Phone: 504-304-3520

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