Jul 022015
 
The My House building at 2010 Peniston Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The My House building at 2010 Peniston Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

static1.squarespace.comA facility that served the children and families of the Milan neighborhood for decades on Peniston Street until Hurricane Katrina is now finally nearing its reopening, 10 years after the storm, officials said. Continue reading »

Jun 292015
 
The front door of the Priestley school building in west Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The front door of the Priestley school building in west Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The long-shuttered Priestley campus on Leonidas Street will see its first signs of life this summer when Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans begins some groundskeeping work at the site, in anticipation of using it as its first school-bus pickup and dropoff point next year.

“The neighborhood will begin seeing some things start to happen this week,” said CEO Keith Bartlett. Continue reading »

Jun 252015
 
The International School of Louisiana's Camp Street campus. (UptownMessenger.com)

The International School of Louisiana’s Camp Street campus. (UptownMessenger.com)

The International School of Louisiana will renew its lease for the former Andrew Jackson school building on Camp Street for the next 10 years, and officials are now preparing for long-awaited renovations to the building to begin in November. Continue reading »

Jun 242015
 

Sandra Stokes of the Louisiana Landmarks Society speaks in front of the Carrollton Courthouse on Wednesday, June 24. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Sandra Stokes of the Louisiana Landmarks Society speaks in front of the Carrollton Courthouse on Wednesday, June 24. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A day after the former Carrollton Courthouse was named to a prominent list of endangered national landmarks, New Orleans city and school officials gathered on its lawn pledging to seek a public use for the shuttered building that properly honors its history. Continue reading »

May 252015
 

The former Carrollton court house, photographed in June 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The former Carrollton court house, photographed in June 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)


Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

One of Aesop’s fables is that of the young crab and his mother.

“Why in the world do you walk sideways like that?” said the mother crab to her son. “You should always walk straight forward with your toes turned out.”

“Show me how to walk, mother dear,” answered the little Crab obediently, “I want to learn.”

Mother crab tried in vain to walk straight forward, but she could walk only sideways, like her son. When she wanted to turn her toes out she tripped and fell on her nose.

The moral of the fable? Don’t tell others how to act unless you can set a good example. And local government could learn something from it. Continue reading »

May 192015
 
The Priestley campus, photographed in June 2014, fills an entire city block off Leonidas Street. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The Priestley campus, photographed in June 2014, fills an entire city block off Leonidas Street. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Article by Sarah Tan for UptownMessenger.com

With the purchase of the Priestley campus in Carrollton now complete, the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans charter school plans to begin initial renovations on the long-vacant campus using a new $800,000 line of credit. Continue reading »

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May 162015
 

A project to repair sidewalks on Coliseum Square near the International School of Louisiana accidentally punctured a still-functioning drainage canal dating back to the 1880s, reports Bill Capo of our partners at WWL-TV. The city is now working on a plan to repair the canal and complete the sidewalk project without damaging the nearby oak trees, Capo reports, though neighbors are worried about the unfinished construction site left so close to a school.

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May 132015
 
A rendering of proposed early-childhood buildings in the 900 block of General Pershing.  (Rendering by Waggoner & Ball architects, via nola.gov)

A rendering of proposed St. George’s Episcopal School early-childhood buildings in the 900 block of General Pershing. (Rendering by Waggoner & Ball architects, via nola.gov)

The Louise S. McGehee School's future Mathilde Hall at 2318 St. Charles Avenue. (via the McGehee school)

The Louise S. McGehee School’s future Mathilde Hall at 2318 St. Charles Avenue. (via the McGehee school)

Two Uptown private schools — St. George’s Episcopal School on Napoleon Avenue and Louise S. McGehee School on St. Charles Avenue — both received approval Tuesday afternoon from city planners to expand their campuses, though the St. George’s request may involve the demolition of a shotgun house on General Pershing Street. Continue reading »

Apr 232015
 
The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans campus on Patton Street.

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans campus on Patton Street.

The governing board of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans on Thursday night reversed a decision made earlier this month to expand to a building on Poydras Street next year, but school leaders said it was because the costs of remaining in the current buildings had lowered dramatically — not because of a “nasty” outcry from parents that led to the sudden resignation of one board member. Continue reading »

Apr 232015
 
Lycee Francais board member Erin Greenwald applauds the selection of new board members during a May 2013 meeting of the school's governing board. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Lycee Francais board member Erin Greenwald applauds the addition of new board members during a May 2013 meeting of the school’s governing board. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The building at 2239 Poydras Street, photographed in June 2014. (via Google Maps)

The building at 2239 Poydras Street, photographed in June 2014. (via Google Maps)

A Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orleans board member who led major efforts to find a school leader and more space for the growing charter school has resigned, as parents seek to revisit a decision by her facilities committee to expand the school to a space on Poydras Street in Mid-City next year. Continue reading »

Apr 182015
 
A glimpse inside the Lusher High School library shows bookshelves next to rows of computers, along with posters urging students to keep reading in the technology age. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A glimpse inside the Lusher High School library shows bookshelves next to rows of computers, along with posters urging students to keep reading in the technology age. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As Lusher Charter School plans its budget for the upcoming school year, the administration is setting aside money to renovate the high school’s library — which has raised the question of what, exactly, goes into a library in a rapidly approaching future where digital text is overtaking the printed word.

“We don’t know what libraries are going to look like in 20 years,” said operations manager Frank Israel. “I don’t know, in 25 years, that it’s going to be a big giant room full of books.” Continue reading »

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Apr 082015
 
The Uptown Learning Center at 1771 Nashville Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Uptown Learning Center at 1771 Nashville Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Natasha M. Burrows (via opcso.org)

Natasha M. Burrows (via opcso.org)

Two months after the Uptown Learning Center announced its possible imminent closure, its former director has been arrested on charges that she stole well over tens of thousands of dollars by taking cash payments from parents, then under-reporting the total number of students at the school, according to New Orleans police. Continue reading »

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