Education

Morgan qualifies to run for re-election to the Jefferson Parish School Board

With election season upon us, qualifying concluded in late July for positions on the Jefferson Parish School Board. Board Member Mark Morgan qualified for reelection to his last eligible term representing District I on the Jefferson Parish School Board which now stretches from Gretna to Westwego.

Mark Morgan, a product of the Ben Franklin High School magnet school program, was elected to the JPPSS School Board as a member in March 2004. Since his arrival, he has been actively involved in the educational process by advocating for a magnet high school on the west bank, re-allocating capital improvement resources based on need, and a social responsibility curriculum in middle schools.

Morgan has also taken the lead on a wide variety of issues as Chairman of the JPPSS legislative and transportation committees. In addition to his work with the school board, Morgan works with many professional organizations and is an active member of Rotary International. Morgan is an attorney where he specializes in criminal, regulatory, and discrimination law.

He received a bachelor of science degree in secondary education from Ohio University and his law degree from Tulane University School of Law. Morgan currently is a professor of trial advocacy at Tulane Law School. If reelected Morgan pledges to continue to work with local and state law enforcement to maintain school safety as a top priority. He has sponsored legislation increasing funding for school security and adding resources officers. It is expected that Morgan will receive wide support from the law enforcement community given his commitment to work with the Sheriff and local Police Chiefs on issues impacting student safety.

Dr. Gerard Leblanc of Harvey has also qualified to seek this position.

About the author

Marielle Songy

Marielle Songy was born and raised on the Westbank and currently resides in Gretna. She is a graduate of Archbishop Blenk High School and UNO. A true Louisiana girl, Marielle enjoys creole food, jazz music and the occasional swamp tour.

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