Board President John A. Brown, Sr. & Vice-President Leslie Ellison Unanimously Re-Elected

January 26, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – (Jan. 25, 2018) – At the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) Board Business meeting Wednesday evening, Jan. 24, board members voted to re-elect John A. Brown, Sr. and Leslie Ellison as board president and vice president, respectively. This will be the second term for both Brown and Ellison.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Brown and Ms. Ellison on their re-election and thank them for their leadership,” said OPSB Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. “The work of the board over the last year has been nothing short of remarkable. In 2018, I look forward to another year of close collaboration and productivity as we move towards bringing all Recovery School District schools under unified OPSB oversight.”

Brown, who represents District 1, is a native of New Orleans. He is a graduate of Walter L. Cohen, Class of 1966, and Winston-Salem State University where he earned his Business Education Bachelor’s degree in 1970. Brown went on to receive a M. Ed. Special Education/School Administration from the University of New Orleans in 1977 before returning to New Orleans.

A retired OPSB educator of 30 years, Brown has remained committed to the needs and challenges of OPSB and the broader educational landscape. Prior to his retirement in 2003, Brown served as principal of Alcee Fortier High School, Harriet Tubman Elementary School and Phillips Junior High School. Brown was selected as Principal of the Year for the 1991-1992 and 1999-2000 school years, respectively.

“Over the last year, it has been an honor of a lifetime to serve as school board president. I am truly humbled by my fellow board members’ continued confidence as we work together on behalf of the thousands of students, parents, teachers, staff and school leaders,” said Brown. “This past year we’ve made great strides, but there is still a long way to go and I look forward to making even more progress in 2018.”

Representing District 4, the Honorable Leslie Ellison serves the citizens of Algiers, Faubourg Marigny, Bywater and the French Quarter. She was first elected to the OPSB in 2012 and has held numerous leadership positions since assuming office. In addition to serving as Vice President of the OPSB, she is a member of the board’s legal, budget and finance and property committees.

A strong visionary and passionate education leader, Ellison’s commitment to service rests in putting the needs of children and the community first. She has displayed astute prowess in these capacities for more than 20 years through legislative and policy advocacy on education reform as well as intergovernmental affairs at the local, state, national and international levels.

“Nothing brings me more joy than continuing to serve the educational needs of our young people here in New Orleans,” said Ellison. “I want to thank my fellow board members and say that I am looking forward to working side by side with them as we endeavor to fully unify the school district this summer. Together we will continue to do great work and help our students succeed in learning and in life.”

Ellison obtained a degree in business administration from Southern University at New Orleans. A graduate of Orleans public schools, she attended Paul B. Habans Elementary, Edna Karr and Oliver Perry Walker Senior High School, respectively. Ellison is a lifelong resident of the historic Tunisburg/McClendonville community in Algiers, Louisiana.

The OPSB president and vice president offices’ terms are limited to two years.

The OPSB currently oversees 41 schools, including 37 charter schools, and one educational program for students in secure care facilities. In July 2018 all public schools in New Orleans will again be under the jurisdiction of the OPSB.

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