Superintendent of Orleans Parish schools begins series of community meetings

Orleans Parish schools Superintendent Henderson Lewis kicks off a series of town hall meetings tonight in the School Board’s Sixth District with board member Woody Koppel.

The Lens will live-blog it here.

Lewis and Koppel invite teachers, parents, administrators and community members to the meeting, in which they plan to discuss Lewis’ first six months at the helm of half of a fragmented system of schools.

Lewis will hold meetings with each School Board member at a school in their districts over the next six weeks.

The School Board oversees 24 schools of the 82 public schools in New Orleans. The majority are charter schools overseen by the state-run Recovery School District, which took more than 100 of the city’s schools in 2005.

At a meeting last week marking his first 180 days in office, Lewis spoke about the need to raise the performance of all city schools, including those under the RSD. He said new policies passed this summer were a result of working with both OPSB and RSD charters and he is hopeful RSD charters will begin to return to local oversight.

The district is encouraging community input.

Tonight’s meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Audubon Charter School, 428 Broadway.

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