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Discovery Schools CEO Honored with BGR Excellence in Government Innovation Award

Date: August 10th, 2020

On August 5, the Bureau of Governmental Research announced the recipients of the BGR Excellence in Government Awards 2020 honoring extraordinary local and state government employees and private citizens in the New Orleans area. Discovery Schools CEO/Head of School Dr. Patty Glaser is the recipient of the Innovation Award, which recognizes public employees who have implemented creative solutions to pressing problems. 


Dr. Glaser was recognized for her work to secure construction financing for Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy (KDHSA) and Dr. John Ochsner Discovery Health Sciences Academy (DJOD). 
A committee of BGR board members selected the BGR Excellence in Government Awards 2020 honorees through a competitive process. BGR solicited nominations from government officials and employees and the general public in four categories. The seven BGR honorees will be recognized in a one-hour program on WYES-TV that is scheduled to air Sept. 18 and 20th.
Discovery Schools is an academically successful charter school network operating 2 open enrollment schools in Jefferson Parish educating 2,409 students. Discovery Schools offers a rigorous curriculum with a focus on health sciences. 
Established in 2013, Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy (K-12) recently opened a new state-of-the-art facility in Kenner featuring nine science labs, a teaching kitchen, art, and music studios.  Dr. John Ochsner Discovery Health Sciences Academy, through an innovative partnership with Ochsner opened in August 2020. Dr. John Ochsner Discovery will operate in an interim campus on Jefferson Highway for the 2020-2021 academic year as a K-4 school.  In 2021, the school will move to its permanent campus in Shrewsbury with K-6 and will grow one grade level each year until reaching K-8.
All Jefferson Parish residents are eligible to apply to Discovery Schools. For more information, visit, # #Discovery Charter Schools began serving families of Jefferson Parish in 2013 and has since grown into a successful and high demand charter school network operating 2 schools educating 2,409 students. Discovery schools boasts a creative and rigorous academic learning environment as well as a strong school culture. At Discovery, courses have been developed for college and career readiness with an emphasis on health, sciences, and technology. The mission of Discovery Health Sciences Academies is to provide a rigorous learning environment where students achieve academically, develop intellectual curiosity, and practice environmental responsibility while exploring health and science topics and careers.

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