The renovation project is being coordinated by the Recovery School District and includes replacing the roof, repairing cracks in the outside walls and repairing or replacing the windows and doors to seal the building from water intrusion during rainstorms, among other items, said Aviva Le, the facilities director at the International School. During heavy rains, Le has to set up “irrigation systems” in certain classrooms to control the water coming in, she said.
Terrance Osborne, the New Orleans painter 2012 Jazz Fest poster was described by Times-Picayune art critic Doug MacCash as “an explosively colored clarion call to Crescent City music lovers and art lovers alike … [and] among the best of the long-running series,” will open a new exhibit of his art at the Isidore Newman School at a reception Wednesday evening.
Three Uptown elementary schools — Green Charter, Lafayette Academy and Singleton — have been granted multi-year renewals of their charters, and three other formerly-failing schools are being recommended for one-year extensions.
Meanwhile, Eleanor McMain Secondary School admitted nearly a quarter of this year’s freshmen class after telling OneApp applicants it was full, KIPP Schools are making news for a pricey employee retreat in Las Vegas, and New Orleans College Prep is willing to pay $10,000 help for finding a new elementary principal, according to recent reports.
The Southern Rep production of Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice” is entering the first weekend of its run at Ursuline Academy on State Street, and every performance is themed with special events and promotions.
A sexual act between two boys, ages 12 and 14, allegedly witnessed on a school bus in the Irish Channel on Tuesday evening has prompted a rape investigation, New Orleans police said.
Lusher Charter School overcame last year’s alleged embezzlement to receive a clean audit this year, while scoring near the top of the state on its school performance score this year, officials said this morning.
The Holy Name of Jesus School will host its 30th annual Gator Fest this weekend, bringing live music, food, rides and kids’ activities to Calhoun Street.
Lusher Charter School’s rendition of “Hello, Dolly” from this weekend’s production of the musical won the school a $10,000 first-place prize to enhance the school music program in Popeye’s “Love that Music” contest, the school has announced.
A free Kindergarten Readiness Forum featuring a panel of educators and administrators from local public and private schools will be held at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday, Nov. 7) at the Jewish Community Center on St. Charles Avenue.
In order to treat unsafe levels of lead and other toxic heavy metals, three feet of soil must be removed and replaced in areas of the Booker T. Washington High School site at 1201 South Roman Street that will not be covered by asphalt or buildings, according to state recommendations reported on by Mark Schleifstein of The Times-Picayune. Monique Harden, an attorney for the Walter L. Cohen Alumni Association, is asking the state to treat the entire site as a hazardous-waste site, Schleifstein reports.
Audubon Charter School is asking neighbors with Facebook accounts for help in winning new playground equipment for its elementary school students in a national online competition that ends today (Oct. 31).
After a meeting described as “contentious” last week, the board of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orleans voted in favor of a plan for the 2014-15 school year to allow 33 4-year-old students paying tuition in the pre-kindergarten program automatic admission into the public kindergarten, followed by a lottery for 72 more seats with preference to children considered at risk, according to a report by Della Hasselle of The Lens. The board also voted to eliminate paid preschool for 3-year-olds, but outcry from parents led the board to amend their vote on the 3-year-old class to “undecided.”
Audubon Charter School cleared its audit for the 2012-2013 school year with no issues, according to a report presented to school leaders Saturday.
“The Orleans Parish School Board has been forced to bring Ellis Construction back to finish the new gym at [Eleanor McMain High School] on South Claiborne Avenue — after staff kicked Ellis off the job for inadequate disadvantaged business participation,” writes Danielle Dreilinger of The Times-Picayune in a review of recent Orleans Parish school facilities issues. Ellis is charging $10.2 million to return — 7 percent higher than the original $9.5 million contract — and will have less participation from disadvantaged businesses, saying that the available subcontractors have changed, Dreilinger reports.
Although the new Common Core standards for public education have become a recent controversy, educators at Lusher Charter School have been preparing for them for years and embrace the changes they represent, school officials said Saturday morning.
Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans may seek permission to give students in their paid preschool automatic admission to kindergarten next year, but the issue split parents and school leaders in a discussion Saturday morning.