The school board had previously allocated several million dollars for emergency stabilization projects to seven of its campuses. At a recent Orleans Parish School Board committee meeting, the board’s director of operations recommended $2.3 million for Audubon, principal Janice Dupuy said at Audubon’s board meeting Saturday morning.
The decision still requires a final vote from the Orleans Parish School Board, but Dupuy said she is optimistic.
“We have no reason to believe it’s not going to happen,” Dupuy said. “I’m just happy in the moment. Two million dollars? That’s wonderful.”
Dupuy said she has requested a list of specific repairs planned for the building, but has yet to receive specifics. Among the old Carrollton courthouse’s problems are restrooms in need of repairs, termite damage, and water intrusion through leaks in the windows and other places.
“when it rains we always get some water, and sometimes in new places,” Dupuy said.
The Audubon school board has also promised parents renovations at the Carrollton campus. After the Orleans Parish School Board discloses the scope of its project, Audubon officials will re-evaluate whether additional work needs to be done, Dupuy said.
“We know that this building is in need of many repairs,” Dupuy said. “Those things that they don’t do, we’ll maybe be able to focus on.”
The board also discussed the move to the temporary Gentilly campus and the status of renovations at Broadway. To read our live coverage of the meeting, click “Replay” in the box below.