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Orleans Parish School Board Votes for Full Millage Roll Forward
This week, our locally elected school board members took a vital step toward improving our schools as they voted to fully roll forward school millages that will result in the addition of urgently needed funding for our city’s children. The new revenue generated will total $325 dollars on average per student per year. It is worth noting that 98-percent of the total funds that come to the Orleans Parish School Board go directly to our public schools. I would like to commend school board members on their leadership and commitment to what is best for our community. This essential decision by the school board means our schools will not be harmed by cuts to state funding while ensuring that our public schools receive critical dollars to better serve students and support teachers.

Every day our devoted educators work tirelessly to make sure all our students receive a high-quality education that fosters their individual capabilities, while ensuring that they thrive and are prepared for civic, social, and economic success across our community of schools. In line with this vision, I want to applaud those representatives from local charter school organizations and education organizations who showed up to this week’s public hearing advocating for a full roll forward of the school millages. As those school leaders, educators, parents, and homeowners noted during their testimonies, the $15-million in additional funding will allow schools to make critical enhancements including increasing employee salaries, benefits and incentives so schools can compete to hire and retain the best educators. Additionally the funds will provide for the purchase of schoolbooks and other supplies, and enable more enrichment programming and investments in technologies to keep our classrooms competitive in today’s educational landscape.

2019 School Performance Scores Released
Earlier this month, the Louisiana Department of Education released the 2019 School Performance Scores (SPS), revealing an increase in NOLA Public School’s district performance score. The system’s improvement is driven primarily by the overall success of our high schools, given an increase in the graduation rate and number of students earning college and career credentials.  Additionally, 74 percent of NOLA public schools continued to receive a high letter grade for academic growth, of either “A” or “B”, for the 2018-2019 school year. These accomplishments result in the school system maintaining a “C” letter grade for performance overall. While there is vital work to be done in our struggling schools and continued progress that must be made, these school performance results indicate our school system is growing stronger every year.
 
OneApp School Enrollment Now Open
 
Now is the time for our families to look ahead to the 2020-2021 academic school year. Today marks the opening of the OneApp school enrollment process which runs now through January 31, 2020. We have many great schools for families to explore and choose from, if they are just entering kindergarten, looking for a high schools, or seeking a transition at any other grade level.

Lastly, with the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, I would like to express my gratitude for our 44,000 students and families, our dedicated school leaders and educators in our 78 schools, the continued leadership from our school board members, and my team at NOLA-PS – all working together towards the betterment of our city’s children. We have much to be thankful for and I feel blessed to be able to continue to work on behalf of our children and families every day.

Sincerely,
Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. 
NOLA-PS Superintendent of Schools


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