Aug 302014
 
Retired Gen. Russell Honore speaks at the GreenARMY Katrina commemoration at Xavier University. (Zach Brien for UptownMessenger.com)

Retired Gen. Russell Honore speaks at the GreenARMY Katrina commemoration at Xavier University. (Zach Brien for UptownMessenger.com)

As New Orleans continues to recover from the devastation that followed Hurricane Katrina nine years ago, the city should pass a law preventing any schools or daycare centers from being built on top of toxic soil — including the proposed rebuilding of the Booker T. Washington High School over the old Silver City dump site in Central City, retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore and local allies said Saturday morning.

“We’re the oldest city in this part of the country, and we ought to be the first to make a stand,” Honore said. “We’re not going to put a school on a dump.” Continue reading »

Aug 162014
 
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)

lyceeA group of Carrollton neighborhood leaders expressed support for the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans charter school’s plan to reopen the long-shuttered Priestley campus, but many hope the school can do more to benefit all the children of the neighborhood, they said this week. Continue reading »

Aug 072014
 
The former James Weldon Johnson Elementary School (photographed in 2011) will eventually be refurbished and assigned to KIPP Believe Primary under a new configuration for Carrollton public schools announced Thursday morning. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The former James Weldon Johnson Elementary School (photographed in 2011) will eventually be refurbished and assigned to KIPP Believe Primary under a new configuration for Carrollton public schools announced Thursday morning. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The school options for Carrollton families will expand in the coming years as the Recovery School District announced a long-term plan Thursday morning to assign KIPP Believe and the operator Lafayette Academy to two campuses each along the Carrollton corridor. Continue reading »

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Aug 012014
 
Dozens of Entergy volunteers are joined by City Councilmen Jared Brossett and Jason Williams as they prepare the playground at the former Benjamin Banneker campus for KIPP Believe students to move in next week. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Dozens of Entergy volunteers are joined by City Councilmen Jared Brossett and Jason Williams as they prepare the playground at the former Benjamin Banneker campus for KIPP Believe students to move in next week. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former Benjamin Banneker campus will become home to KIPP Believe Primary this month, returning open-admissions elementary education to the Carrollton corridor after a number of recent school closings. Continue reading »

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Jul 302014
 
The International School of Louisiana's outgoing board president Matt Amoss (far right) welcomes new member Vanessa Diaz to the board. Dominique Wilson (far left) will serve as the board's new president. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The International School of Louisiana’s outgoing board president Matt Amoss (far right) welcomes new member Vanessa Diaz to the board. Dominique Wilson (far left) will serve as the board’s new president. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After a busy spring choosing a new leader for the International School of Louisiana’s three campuses, the school’s governing board made its own leadership transition on Wednesday night, electing a new president and preparing to say good-by to two long-time board members. Continue reading »

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Jul 102014
 
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)

Interest by a French-immersion charter school in buying the long-vacant Priestley school site in west-Carrollton has galvanized a group called the “P-Town Project” into seeking a Healing Center-style home for fresh food and social services there instead. Continue reading »

Jun 272014
 

Lt. Gen. Russell Honore speaks in February at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in New Orleans. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Lt. Gen. Russell Honore speaks in February at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in New Orleans. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Lt. Gen. Russell Honore, who has become one of Louisiana’s most prominent environmental-justice activists since his retirement from the U.S. Army, spoke Thursday night at a rally at the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church against the rebuilding of the Booker T. Washington School on the 1930s-era Silver City waste dump site in Central City, where dangerous levels of arsenic, lead and other heavy metals reportedly remain in the soil. The Recovery School District says replacing the top layer of soil will be sufficient to make it safe for Walter L. Cohen High School to move in, reports Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV.

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Jun 252014
 
International School of Louisiana principal Melanie Tennyson accepts the 2014 school award from the national Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color. (photo via International School of Louisiana)

International School of Louisiana principal Melanie Tennyson accepts the 2014 school award from the national Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color. (photo via International School of Louisiana)

Bringing an unexpected leadership transition to a speedy resolution, the International School of Louisiana governing board voted Wednesday night to offer a contract as Head of School to current Camp Street principal Melanie Tennyson. Continue reading »

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Jun 242014
 
The former John Dibert school building in Mid-City will be the temporary home of ENCORE Academy next year. (image via Google maps)

The former John Dibert school building in Mid-City will be the temporary home of ENCORE Academy next year. (image via Google maps)

ENCORE Academy’s move downtown will happen more gradually than expected, as the school will spend a year in the John Dibert building in Mid-City while renovations proceed at ENCORE’s eventual home at the Shaw building in the St. Roch neighborhood, officials announced Tuesday night.

“We’ll have the building to ourselves, and there’s plenty of room for all of our kids,” said ENCORE school leader Terri L. Smith. “It’s a great location for our families.” Continue reading »

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Jun 242014
 
The former St. Henry's rectory on General Pershing is slated to become classrooms for Ecole Bilingue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former St. Henry’s rectory on General Pershing is slated to become classrooms for Ecole Bilingue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The rectory at St. Henry’s church that neighbors once feared would be demolished for a parking lot will receive a new lease on life as classrooms for Ecole Bilingue, according to a plan school leaders shared with the neighborhood Monday evening. Continue reading »

Jun 212014
 
Audubon Charter School's temporary campus in Gentilly. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Audubon Charter School’s temporary campus in Gentilly. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Audubon Charter School will likely have to pay for repairs to leaking roofs on the modular buildings at their Gentilly campus, because the return to their Broadway campus has been delayed for at least a year. Continue reading »

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Jun 192014
 
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 school building in west-Carrollton could finally come back to life after decades of unuse, after the governing board of the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans charter school enthusiastically voted Thursday evening to ask the Orleans Parish School Board for the opportunity to buy it.

“We’re really excited. We would like to move on it. It’s a nice building on a big plot of land,” said board member Mary Jacobs Jones, chair of the school’s facilities committee. “Even partially boarded up, you can get a feel for what a great building it was.” Continue reading »

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Jun 122014
 
Barbara Griffin and John Wettermark of the International School of Louisiana examine roof damage on the third floor of the Priestley building. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Barbara Griffin and John Wettermark of the International School of Louisiana examine roof damage on the third floor of the Priestley building. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Leaders of several growing charter schools are weighing the potential of moving into vacant former campuses in the Carrollton area, the former Carrollton courthouse and the old Priestley school, as the Orleans Parish School Board led tours of both on Wednesday in preparation to sell them and other campuses around the city. Continue reading »

Jun 052014
 

The former Augustine Middle School in Mid-City. (Della Hasselle, MidCityMessenger.com)

Officials from the International School of Louisiana toured the vacant former Augustine Middle School building on Broad Street in Mid-City on Wednesday as they “weigh options” for a larger campus, according to a report by Della Hasselle of MidCityMessenger.com. The school’s Camp Street campus is too small for the growing student population, and school officials have been looking for new alternatives — though facilities director Aviva Le told Mid-City Messenger that the challenges of a renovation at Augustine would be “humongous.”

Click here to read the full report at MidCityMessenger.com.

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