May 182017
 

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

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans charter school is still working out the details on the lease renewal for its Patton Street campus, preparing to move into the newly renovated Johnson building and deciding how to handle its space in a church on South Carrollton after a prospective tenant pulled out. Continue reading »

May 102017
 

Tonette Porter (standing in the center) speakers as Orleans Parish School Board member Ben Kleban (left) and Superintendent Henderon Lewis Jr. listen on Wednesday evening at Mahalia Jackson Elementary. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A proposal to convert Mahalia Jackson Elementary from a school serving children up to grade 5 back into a preschool center was met with a mix of questions and outright opposition from dozens of families and Central City community members on Wednesday evening, leaving the school’s fate before the Orleans Parish School Board uncertain. Continue reading »

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May 032017
 

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A mother who was called to pick up her child for involvement in a fight at Sophie B. Wright Charter School on Monday arrived with a knife and cut a faculty member with it, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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May 012017
 

Onlookers watch as the St. Augustine Marching 100 assembles and begins to perform on Napoleon Avenue in 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Tipitina’s will hold their annual “Instruments A Comin'” fundraiser and outdoor festival tonight (Monday, May 1) with an outdoor battle of the marching bands and an indoor benefit concert to help provide musical instruments to New Orleans public schools. Continue reading »

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Apr 222017
 

In some classrooms at Audubon Charter School’s Milan Street campus, the air conditioner is so loud it shakes the whiteboard, and in others, it doesn’t work at all. The locks on the bathroom doors frequently malfunction, trapping students inside, and the school had to give up its library to squeeze in another classroom.

After three Audubon middle school students recited a litany of discomfort Saturday morning before the school’s governing board, a top Orleans Parish School Board official promised to dedicate emergency funding within a week to some of the most pressing problems. A long-term solution to the woes of Audubon’s “temporary” campus, however, is still beyond the horizon. Continue reading »

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Apr 212017
 

The Eleanor McMain band performs in the Krewe of Cleopatra parade in 2016. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Eleanor McMain Secondary School will become a charter school operated by the InspireNOLA network, but a decision on the future of Mahalia Jackson Elementary has been postponed for further discussion after the Orleans Parish School Board met Thursdsay night. Continue reading »

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Apr 122017
 

The Eleanor McMain Secondary School performs in the Krewe of Zulu parade in 2016. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Eleanor McMain Secondary School should be converted into a charter school and governed by the growing InspireNOLA charter network, and Mahalia Jackson Elementary School should be closed in 2018, based on new recommendations by the Orleans Parish School Board. Continue reading »

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Apr 102017
 

A Lycee Francais banner hangs from the roof at the former Priestley campus in July 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With the launch of their long-planned French-immersion high school now only two years away, educators at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans are now taking steps to plan the curriculum and degrees their students will learn, officials said. Continue reading »

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Apr 072017
 

A view of the entrance to the new science building from the Newman School’s courtyard. (rendering by Woodward Design + Build courtesy of the Newman School)

Newman Head of School Dale M. Smith welcomes guests to the groundbreaking. (photo by Frank Aymami, courtesy of Newman School)

The Isidore Newman School marked the start of construction this week on a new $15 million, 30,000-square-foot science center at the edge of its football field, expected to open in the fall of 2018. Continue reading »

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Mar 302017
 

A 15-year-old student at Isidore Newman School has been arrested after he allegedly posted a photo Wednesday morning of several rifles and a shotgun online with the message “Don’t come to school tomorrow,” New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Mar 282017
 

The Cohen College Prep High School band marches with the Krewe of Carrollton on Napoleon Avenue on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The New Orleans College Prep governing board voted Tuesday evening against returning either Cohen College Prep High School or Crocker College Prep to the oversight of the Orleans Parish School Board for the next school year, meaning all the charter network’s schools will return at once the following year with the rest of the schools around the city. Continue reading »

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Mar 232017
 

Colonial Oaks Senior Living CEO Carl Mittendorff speaks to the media after winning the auction for the Carrollton Courthouse. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A Houston-based developer of senior living communities won the auction Thursday morning for the Carrollton Courthouse with a $4.7 million bid.

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Mar 222017
 

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

When the International School of Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish campus closes at the end of this school year, nearly 350 of its students have signed up to transfer into ISL’s campuses in New Orleans, officials said Wednesday night. Continue reading »

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