Just two months ago, Jefferson Parish said a bittersweet goodbye to our Jefferson Parish Schools Superintendent, Cade Brumley. What we described then as more of a bite of a sweet tart than a snickers bar was, in fact, a great move for Louisiana as it gained a brilliant State Superintendent of Education.
Jefferson’s School Board acted swiftly in naming Dr. James Gray as the new top educator, keeping intact the executive team established by Brumley (minus two who are now working in the state office). Gray’s resume is outstanding and as an architect of Brumley’s 2024 plan, the right choice to execute the ambitious strategy for student success. Last week, Dr. Gray announced the Start Strong Jefferson Plan to reopen schools and get children back into learning environments.
We applaud Dr. Gray and his team for developing a comprehensive plan that addresses each age group and situation uniquely. The program of entry offers in-class and virtual options, while understanding that safety comes first. The plan puts an emphasis on personal protection equipment and technology which we recognize that the business and philanthropic community may be called upon for financial resources to supplement the needs.
“We cherish and celebrate our teachers, the mentors of our respective childhoods and hero’s of our children’s future. Likewise, it is important for the community to stand untied with our new leadership, teachers, and parents to be the champions our students deserve. It is time to get back to the books and the business of ABC and 123,” said Todd Murphy, President of the Jefferson Chamber.
To learn more about Jefferson Parish Schools and the Start Strong Jefferson Plan, visit www.jpschools.org.
About the Jefferson Chamber:
The Jefferson Chamber is a leading voice for Jefferson Parish’s business community. As a non-profit, membership-driven organization, the Chamber is an effective advocate for small and large businesses at the local, state and federal levels. The Chamber’s mission is to work for the advancement of the business community; to enhance the economic, civic and cultural environment; and to improve the quality of life in Jefferson Parish. The Jefferson Chamber is Five-Star Accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was awarded the 2013, 2015 and 2019 Chamber of the Year Award by the Louisiana Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives in the Large Chamber Category.