With an 8-to-0 vote Wednesday, the Jefferson Parish School Board passed a new redistricting plan that will affect about 2,000 area students starting next school year.
Dr. Cade Brumley, superintendent of Jefferson Parish Public Schools, presented the plan, which includes creating nine pre-kindergarten through eighth grade schools by consolidating some area elementary and middle schools.
In addition to expanded grades in some schools, other schools will close. Brumley said Live Oak Manor in Waggaman and Miller Wall Elementary in Marrero will both close. Catherine Strehle Elementary in Avondale will be reopened as an alternative school.
Brumley said the new plan also creates hubs at area schools with coaches and facilities to support a range of extracurricular activities, including sports, that are not available to many sixth through eighth-grade students in the parish right now.
The redistricting plan also changes some school attendance zones in Avondale, Waggaman, Kenner, Marrero and Harvey. Brumley said the new zones bring students to schools closer to their homes.
Under the new plan, Brumley said sixth through eight-grade classes will be smaller and the school system will save money in the long term. The redistricting plan is just one step, he said, toward realizing several changes laid out in his 2024 strategic plan, which he said could transform the Jefferson Parish Public School System from a C-rated education system to an A-rated one.