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 »

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.

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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Mar 092015
 

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

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

Under a new mandate from the state education board, a number of charter schools are expected to begin providing daily transportation for the majority of their students by 2018 — a piece of the public-education puzzle that has largely been left up to individual schools in New Orleans over the past decade, with wildly varying results.

At one of the schools that will be affected, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans, school leaders said Monday night that they were already planning a pilot program to provide buses to one target neighborhood, and now anticipate phasing in other neighborhoods over the next three years. Continue reading »