Aug 272015
 
A KIPP: Believe student describes her excitement for the new Dunbar building as Recovery School District Superintendent Patrick Dobard listens. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A KIPP: Believe student describes her excitement for the new Dunbar building as Recovery School District Superintendent Patrick Dobard listens. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The exterior of the new Dunbar school on Forshey Street in Hollygrove. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The exterior of the new Dunbar school on Forshey Street in Hollygrove. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Keenly aware of the eyes of the world on New Orleans this week, supporters of both the KIPP: Believe and Lafayette Academy communities came together Wednesday morning for a joint celebration of the opening of the long-awaited Paul Dunbar school building Wednesday morning on Forshey Street in Hollygrove. Continue reading »

Aug 252015
 
Attendees gather at Isidore Newman School to celebrate the opening of the new Green Trees early-childhood education building. (photo via Isidore Newman School)

Attendees gather at Isidore Newman School to celebrate the opening of the new Green Trees early-childhood education building. (photo via Isidore Newman School)

Dale M. Smith, Head of School at Newman, speaks at the ribbon cutting for the Green Trees facility. (via Isidore Newman School)

Dale M. Smith, Head of School, speaks at the ribbon cutting for the Green Trees facility. (via Isidore Newman School)

The Isidore Newman School has completed construction on its $6.5 million new “Green Trees” early-childhood education building, and its first students arrived at the building this month. Continue reading »

Aug 242015
 
Black Lives Matter Katrina memorial

(via Ashé Cultural Center)

 

The Ashé Cultural Arts Center will be hosting “Forum: 10 Years Later: We’re Still Recovering- Black Lives Matter” this Thursday, August 27, in order to commemorate ten years since Hurricane Katrina. The event is free to the public and will feature Alicia Garza, a coufounder of #BlackLivesMatter. The event will focus on the reform to ultimately end the school-to-prison pipeline. Continue reading »

Aug 222015
 
Lusher school operations director Frank Israel (at right) leads members of the school's governing board Saturday morning on a tour of renovations to the Fortier campus. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher school operations director Frank Israel (at right) leads members of the school’s governing board Saturday morning on a tour of renovations to the Fortier campus. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher administrators are actively negotiating with Orleans Parish School Board leaders about an upcoming reworking of the requirements of charter schools in the district, they said Saturday morning. Continue reading »

Aug 172015
 
Audubon Charter School principal Janice Dupuy (center) -- flanked by two students and officials from the OPSB, the city, the state and federal governments -- cuts a ceremonial ribbon at Audubon Charter School's Broadway campus on Monday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Audubon Charter School principal Janice Dupuy (center) — flanked by two students and officials from the OPSB, the city, the state and federal governments — cuts a ceremonial ribbon at Audubon Charter School’s Broadway campus on Monday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Work still continues on Audubon Charter School even as students return this week. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Work still continues on Audubon Charter School even as students return this week. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After years of construction and struggle, Audubon Charter School will welcome students back to its newly renovated campus on Broadway Street this week.

“This is a long-awaited day, to be back on Broadway,” Audubon Charter School principal Janice Dupuy said during a Monday-morning ribbon cutting ceremony. Continue reading »

Aug 072015
 
Davie Shoring pulls the first half of the house at 921 General Pershing onto Magazine Street to its destination in Central City. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Davie Shoring pulls the first half of the house at 921 General Pershing onto Magazine Street to its destination in Mid City. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A home on General Pershing Street previously slated for demolition to make way for the expansion of St. George’s Episcopal School is instead being moved to Mid-City, where it will be rehabilitated and sold to a teacher. Continue reading »

Jul 282015
 
A new Lycee Francais banner hangs from the roof at the former Priestley campus. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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

The trees and overgrowth have been trimmed, a new Lycee Francais banner hangs from the roof, lights are being installed, and for the first time in decades, schoolchildren will soon begin gathering at the former Priestley campus in west Carrollton in the mornings. Continue reading »

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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 »

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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 »