The Jefferson Parish School Board will vote Thursday on whether to approve Patricia Mendoza as the school system’s new chief academic officer.
If approved, she will replace Michelle Blouin-Williams, a longtime administrator who served as interim superintendent after James Meza retired early this year. Blouin-Williams lost her bid for the permanent post when the board voted 6-3 in April to hire Isaac Joseph.
Blouin-Williams is one of two top Jefferson school officials who were recruited last week to join the Orleans Parish School Board’s central office. She will serve as chief administrative officer.
OPSB Superintendent Henderson Lewis also hired Mary Garton as chief portfolio officer. She served as chief of staff and chief human capital officer in Jefferson until she resigned in March.
Mendoza, who was nominated by Joseph, will be paid a salary of $150,000, according to the meeting agenda.
She started with the Jefferson school system in 1977 and worked as a principal for 20 years before taking a series of administrative jobs at the district level. For the past two years, she has worked for the state Department of Education.
According to a biography provided by the district, Mendoza worked tirelessly in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina — her last year as principal of Terrytown Elementary School — to relocate her school’s staff at a neighboring site and reopen in a temporary building eight months later.
In her later administrative positions, Mendoza secured grants for reading projects in high-poverty schools and for turnaround initiatives in low-performing schools. She also worked to increase the number of preschool classes.
As network executive director, she supervised up to 19 elementary, middle and high school principals.
Mendoza holds a master’s degree in educational administration and curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education there, with a concentration in science.
The board also will vote Thursday on whether to approve a settlement with British oil company BP for lost revenue stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
The board will meet at 5 p.m. at the system’s administrative building on Manhattan Boulevard in Harvey.
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