The governing board of Audubon Charter School will discuss its strategic planning for 2012 in addition to the usual administrative reports at its September monthly meeting Saturday morning, set for 10 a.m. in the cafeteria of the Carrollton campus.
With plans finalized for a mid-winter move to a temporary location in Gentilly, Audubon Charter School is now moving forward with preparations for renovations to its Broadway campus.
After publicly pleading for emergency structural repairs last month following years, Audubon and Lusher charter schools now appear to be among a handful of schools slated for work to prevent further deterioration at their campuses.
The Orleans Parish School Board decided this week to fund “stabilization” at seven school sites, including Audubon’s Carrollton campus, Audubon assistant principal Dawn Collins told the charter school’s governing board at a Saturday morning meeting to applause and cheers from the board and the small audience.
Audubon Charter School is planning a midwinter move to a temporary campus on the site of the former Jean Gordon Elementary School in Gentilly to accommodate renovations to its Broadway campus, its governing board has decided.
Many Audubon Charter School parents and teachers see the St. James Major campus in Gentilly as an attractive option for a temporary campus after Hynes Charter School moves out of it during the winter break, they told school officials after hearing about four new options at a Thursday afternoon meeting.
Before the school can begin a two-year renovation of its Broadway campus, it must find an interim location for the students who are already there, and the urgency of the search has increased since a site in the Lower Garden District was deemed unacceptable earlier this summer. The Orleans Parish School Board has asked Audubon to have an answer by Aug. 1, little more than a week away.
After the Orleans Parish School Board offered Audubon Charter School two new options for a temporary campus, the school has scheduled a meeting with parents and teachers Thursday to discuss those plans.
Which Uptown New Orleans school buildings need attention the most and how to divide the money for building and renovating them was debated by motivated and skeptical crowd of nearly 200 public-education supporters Monday night.
City and state school officials are seeking public comment on the latest master plan for spending a nearly $2 billion payment from FEMA to rebuild New Orleans schools, and Monday night’s meeting focused on buildings in the Orleans Parish School Board’s Uptown- and Carrolton-based District 6. Supporters of the various schools showed their allegience in T-shirts and signs, and during a somewhat free-form input session inundated officials with their opinions.
Supporters of moving Johnson Elementary to the old Priestley site will make their case to state and parish school officials Monday night at a public hearing on school plans in School Board District 6, which includes the Carrollton, Audubon and university neighborhoods in Uptown New Orleans.
School officials have said these meetings will be a crucial part of the process of dividing a $2 billion FEMA settlement to rebuild schools across the city. After public hearings have been held in each school board district, officials have said they will create a final draft of the plan based on the comments they receive.
Audubon Charter School has two new options for a temporary campus during a planned two-year renovation of its Broadway building — modular buildings in a parking lot behind the school board offices in Algiers or the site of the former Jean Gordon school near the University of New Orleans campus — but a deadline is looming in about two weeks for a decision, officials said.
If Audubon Charter School cannot find an 11th-hour location for a temporary campus this summer, it may lose the opportunity to renovate its cramped building on Broadway altogether, officials said Saturday to a group of parents who say they still feel disenfranchised by the entire process.
“Do you have a location that could house the swing space?” Orleans Parish School Board president Lourdes Moran asked a group of about 20 parents at the monthly meeting of Audubon Charter School’s governing board. “Because if not, this project will be put on hold indefinitely until this space is found.”
With a Lower Garden District site deemed unacceptably contaminated by lead, Audubon Charter School will continue searching over the summer for a temporary location that will allow renovations at its Broadway campus can proceed as planned last year, officials said.
Audubon Charter School has indefinitely postponed the renovations of its Broadway Street campus after its plan to use a lead-saturated site in the Lower Garden District for a temporary campus was deemed “unacceptable” by state officials, the school announced late Wednesday.
Lusher Charter School and several other charter schools in the city are continuing to negotiate with the Orleans Parish School Board over their governing agreement for the coming year, officials said Tuesday.
Lead levels in the soil at the proposed temporary site of Audubon Charter School are the highest one scientist has ever seen in New Orleans, but he assured a cafeteria packed with concerned, angry and sometimes unconvinced parents Thursday night that the remediation techniques he suggests will make the campus safe.
“This is the highest lead I’ve ever seen,” said Dr. Paul Lo, a certified lead inspector and lead risk assessor with Materials Management Group Inc., who has headed recent remediation efforts at playgrounds around the city. “But your children are not going to play on the existing conditions, and that’s a fact.”
The site proposed for Audubon’s temporary campus has lead contamination in the soil of the playground area exceeding federal standards by 10 times or more, prompting some parents to insist the entire site have the lead removed before their children arrive next fall.