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Posted: Thursday, 26 June 2014 7:10AM

Meza leaving Jefferson Parish Schools

The superintendent of the Jefferson Parish Public School System is stepping down.

Dr. James Meza announced today that he will leave his position at the end of September.

He sent a news release this morning.  He indicated that his job has been accomplished.

"Anyone who doubts that significant progress can take place in a traditional, locally-controlled school district needs to look no further than Jefferson Parish," said Meza. "I am proud of the results. The work that the Jefferson Parish school community has done should be considered a model that school systems and school boards throughout our state and country can use to advance student achievement."

Meza came to Jefferson Parish in 2011 as a "transitional leader" according to the release, and it says he soon became known as the "turnaround superintendent."

It goes on to say that Jefferson Parish Public Schools have "shown improvement in every measure when it comes to student achievement" and that in two years under Meza, Jefferson Parish improved its state performance rating from a letter grade of "D" to "B."

"Based on our results, my mission has been successful and is complete," said Meza. "The next 90 days will focus on a successful launch of the new school year and a transition phase working with the Board and staff to sustain continued academic success."

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