Construction on Audubon Charter School to begin Monday; students to return in fall 2014

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Construction equipment stands ready Saturday morning at Audubon Charter School’s Broadway campus. (Robert Morris,

Nearly a year after Audubon Charter students moved out of their Broadway Street campus in preparation for a major renovation and expansion project there, major construction efforts will begin there Monday and end in time for students to return in the fall of 2014, officials say.

Pile driving will begin at the Broadway site on Monday, though it will take a break on Thanksgiving and the Friday afterward, said Alisa Dupre, the school’s facilities and operations manager. Construction should finish in the late spring or early summer of 2014, giving faculty and staff several months while students are out of school to move back from the Gentilly campus, Dupre said at a brief meeting Saturday morning of the school’s governing board.

While board members applauded the news about the Broadway campus, they listened with concern to news that the citywide Master Plan for school construction is running tens of millions of dollars over budget and likely to be cut — raising questions about the desperately needed repairs to the old Carrollton courthouse intended for several years as a temporary location for Audubon’s upper grades.

To read our live coverage of the meeting, see below.

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