New plan to distribute school-repair money draws Lusher’s praise

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A new allocation of federal school-construction money around Orleans Parish that includes a number of Uptown charters left out of previous plans drew praise from the Lusher Charter School board on Wednesday, and high hopes that this plan will be the last one.

Lusher’s two campuses are now slated for about $23.5 million in refurbishment, with the bulk of the money going to the Fortier high school campus where needs are most dire. In a brief board meeting Wednesday evening, Lusher CEO Kathy Riedlinger said that the money is to seal the “outer envelope of both buildings.” At Fortier, that will include work on the windows, the bricks and the roof to prevent water intrusion, and the extent of the work necessary on the roof could determine whether the heating-and-air system will also receive much-needed repairs.

The first public meeting about the revised plan is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 13) at McDonogh 35 School, 1331 Kerlerec Street, and Riedlinger encouraged the board members to attend in support of the revisions. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will vote on the plan next week.

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