Dr. James Gray, Superintendent of Jefferson Parish Public Schools

GNOEA met via Zoom on Tuesday September 29 for organization updates and to learn more from Dr. James Gray, Superintendent of Jefferson Parish Schools, on his new role and how schools have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and reopening schools.  Dr. Gray’s Bio

Dr. Gray has served in public education for 25 plus years as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. He served as Chief of Schools for Jefferson Parish Schools following his time as Director of School Leadership for the Vermillion Parish School District. Dr. Gray earned his bachelor’s degree from Grambling State University, master’s from Nicholls State University and an education doctorate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Gray’s short term of two and half months as Superintendent of Jefferson Parish Public Schools, faced him with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and multiple weather events forcing the school system to pivot to a virtual learning environment. Gray quickly realized the critical role schools play within the community noting that there was “no script for COVID-19”. He commended the board and staff for their efforts in creating avenues for change versus road blocks. He shared a slide presentation “Start Strong Jefferson Plan” which provides a snapshot of their overall plan.  He addressed the phases of returning back to the classroom, virtual options for families, safety protocols, and testing.

Recording and presentation will be in meeting archives


Membership News

Brien Lundin invited GNOEA members to attend the Virtual New Orleans Investment Conference October 14-17, 2020 as a guest, a $375 value. Interested members should call or email Brien Lundin to register. Brien can be reached at 504-837-3033 or by email at [email protected].

Kevin Pedeaux is offering a 30% discount on Coast Roast holiday gift packages. Use code PRESEASON for discount through October 15th. Information will be emailed to the membership.

New Member Recruitment: If you have a prospect, please have them connect with Julie Couret at [email protected]

A list of open classifications can be found here.

Reminder: IEA is hosting a virtual Summit on 10/8/20. Session is from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. An Email has been sent out to membership if you would like to register for this free event.

Membership Dues

4Q Dues will be $50
Plans to establish a Paypal account to allow members to pay online.

Upcoming Meeting Schedule

October 6th – Off

October 13th – Ghassan Korban, Director of NO Sewerage & Water Board

October 20th – Philip Rebowe and Tim Scott will be presenting on important matters affecting your business. Board meeting to follow

October 27th – Lee Zurik, Fox 8

November 3rd – Amy Glovinsky, Bureau of Government Research

November 17th – Stephen Watson, WWII Musuem

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Please contact Brien Lundin, President-Elect / Programs Chair if you would like to be added to the presentation schedule or would like to recommend a speaker.