Educator to oversee school networks

The Jefferson Parish school system has created the new position of chief networks officer, to be filled starting today by William Murphy.

Murphy, who is a network executive director for the district, will oversee the district’s six school networks and will report directly to Superintendent James Meza, Jr.

“Bill brings to the position in-depth knowledge and experience in successfully implementing a portfolio management system,” Meza said in a news release .

“I have been very impressed with his innovation and high quality work since he arrived at JPPSS and could not imagine a more qualified person to fill the role of chief network officer.”

As part of the transformation under Meza, six networks were created in the district, which grouped schools together by type or need, scrapping the long-time practice of grouping schools into East Bank and West Bank.

Murphy has an undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, a master’s degree in education from Boston College and a master’s degree in comparative religion from the Catholic University of America.

He began his career in education as a special-education teacher in Garyville in St. John the Baptist Parish, then worked as a principal in a Baltimore city public school and as a special-education director in Massachusetts.

Before joining the Jefferson Parish system in 2012, Murphy served as chief of leadership development for ReNEW Schools in New Orleans.

ReNEW’s New Orleans schools include Batiste Cultural Arts Academy, SciTech Academy, Reed/Little Woods Elementary and New Orleans Accelerated High School. ReNEW will begin managing Schaumburg Elementary for the 2013-2014 school year.

The position of Richard Carpenter, the chief academic officer and second in command to Meza, will not be filled.

Carpenter, who has worked in the district for more than 40 years, announced last week that he will retire at the end of January.