Dec 222012
 

State Superintendent John White has asked the Louisiana Public Charter School Association to fund consultant Jeremy Hunnewell, a CPA with EMH Strategy, to help identify gaps in the leadership at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orleans, design and lead the search for a new CEO, clarify the leadership roles at the school and possibly help implement the recommendations, according to a letter obtained by The Lens.

Dec 212012
 

An image of Buck Horton from an online commercial for his restaurant, Finger Lick’n Wings.

With the City Council campaign trail behind him, Marlon “Buck” Horton has returned his focus to his Finger Lick’n Wings restaurant on Jackson Avenue — and is hoping for better results for his latest request to sell beer and wine with his chicken. Continue reading »

Dec 202012
 

James Weldon Johnson Elementary School on Monroe Street.

The James Weldon Johnson school in west Carrollton will close in the summer of 2013 and become “swing space” for other schools undergoing renovations, as part of an effort to consolidate the number of campuses run directly by the Recovery School District, officials announced Thursday.

Current Johnson students will be guaranteed placement at Benjamin Banneker elementary school, which is currently located in the Riverbend but slated to move to a new building on the Dunbar site in Hollygrove in several years, officials said. Continue reading »

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Dec 202012
 

The upstart Krewe of Freret that had hoped to join the Mardi Gras parade schedule this spring issued a statement Thursday suspending those plans because of what it termed a “misunderstanding” by the New Orleans Police Department, but said it has already begun work to roll for the first time in 2014. Continue reading »

Dec 202012
 

The audit for 2011-2012 filed late by Lusher Charter School reveals that an unnamed, high-ranking employee in the business office used blank checks to embezzle $25,000 from the school, but she was fired and the money recovered after the theft was discovered, according to a report by Jessica Williams of The Lens. Though due at the end of September, the audit was dated Friday and was late because of “the amount of work it took to reconcile financial records,” the report states.

Dec 202012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

In the wake of the tragic shootings in Newtown, a number of our friends – knowing that our clients include the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Orleans Parish School Board – asked whether schools in our metro area are any more likely to be safe than the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Sadly, the answer is that most public, private and parochial elementary and middle schools do not have full-time armed security. It is likely that a 911 call from any school in the metro area would bring police cars screaming to the rescue in five minutes or less, but, as we saw in Connecticut, a heavily armed shooter like Adam Lanza with a semi-automatic rifle and a maximum load magazine can create a lot of destruction and sorrow in five minutes or less. Continue reading »

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Dec 192012
 

Amid prayers and trumpet solos, LaToya Cantrell was sworn in Wednesday afternoon as the District B representative on the New Orleans City Council.

“My heart is in this,” Cantrell said after taking the oath. “This is not about a position. This is about improving the quality of life for people.” Continue reading »

Dec 192012
 

Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans is being sued by special-education coordinator Darleen Mipro, who was fired Nov. 30 amid an accusation that she had “been engaging in misconduct” at the school, according to a report at The Lens.

Mipro’s lawsuit claims that by calling police to charge her with trespassing and disturbing the peace on the day she was fired and by emailing the unspecified “misconduct” allegation to parents, the school administration was attempting to damage her reputation as an educator, the report states. Mipro’s firing did take place during a confrontation at the school between teachers guarding a sign that read “The Board is Killing our School” and a man who was trying to tear the sign down, one parent told The Lens.

Lycee board chair Jean Montes declined to comment on the lawsuit to The Lens.

Dec 192012
 

Jean-Paul Villere

While taking my children to school the other morning we made our way down Louisiana Ave when out of nowhere a mechanized voice akin to Robocop infiltrated the audio space of our car with some form of intrusive alert like “WARNING! THIS VEHICLE IS MAKING A LEFT TURN.”  I almost jumped out of my skin, jerking the steering wheel just so.  What the hell was that!? I muttered to myself. Continue reading »

Dec 182012
 

ENCORE Academy students (submitted photo)

ENCORE Academy is considering giving admissions preference to students from a large swath of Uptown — from the Garden District and Central City though Broadmoor and into Carrollton and Hollygrove — but the plan is on hold amid a sudden uncertainty about its location after next year. Continue reading »

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Dec 182012
 

Mitchell Marks (via opcso)

Mitchell Marks, 29, initially told police he was with William Baham the night Baham shot Erroll Meeks in front of Friar Tucks bar in January 2011, that he had tried to talk Baham out of the shooting and then saw Baham running away from the crime scene moments after shots rang out, according to a report by John Simerman of the Times-Picayune. After Marks recanted his statement during Baham’s trial, prosecutors played jailhouse recordings of Marks planning to “play dumb” during the trial and secured a 10-year sentence on a perjury conviction against Marks, the report states.

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