Message From The Superintendent
Dear Students, Parents and Community Members,
Welcome to the Orleans Parish School Board. As you explore these pages to learn more about us and our work, I trust that you will gain a stronger sense of our commitment to reimaging, repositioning and transitioning our schools to a national model of student success. We remain committed to the work entailed in providing a high-quality education to every student, at every school, every day.
As Superintendent, it is my goal to build and support the learning environments in all of our schools so they can consistently meet the needs of all students. Our mission is to be an exemplary model of a portfolio district that values excellence, choice, autonomy, accountability, and public engagement. As I reflect on what I heard from our students, teachers, school and district leaders, and community members over my first days as Superintendent, I am proud to see some of the areas where we have advanced this mission.
Over the past year, we have strengthened Central Office both administratively and financially making it better suited to provide the service and support our schools need. Through the reorganization of Central Office, the passing of key financial policies and a comprehensive Review of all Board policies, we have increased the capacity and efficiency in how we support our schools. OPSB earned a perfect score on the National Association of Charter School Authorizers’ 2015 Index of Essential Practices. We continue to navigate through the process of adopting a funding formula that best supports the needs of all schools and all students in Orleans Parish.
And last, but certainly not least, we are continuing to work with education stakeholders to build consensus for an orderly process leading to the unification of schools under local governance. OPSB opened 3 new schools this school year (Andrew H. Wilson under the operation of InspireNOLA, Cypress Academy, and Foundation Prep). Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School’s chose to be the first Type 5 charter to return to local oversight. The boards of Pierre A. Capdau, Lake Area HS, KIPP Renaissance, and Mary D. Coghill voted to return to local control next school year. These decisions display their confidence in our administration and further confirmation that we are moving in the right direction.
It brings me great joy to celebrate the progress we have made, but I am even more inspired to look ahead to the work we still have to do. I look forward to sharing more about our priorities for the upcoming year and look forward to working with each of you for the success of our students. We are on our way to transforming Orleans Parish Public Schools into the nation’s premiere portfolio district.
Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr.