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Grants to help finance new music program

Grants, audits and a Recovery School District follow-up are all on the Crocker school board member’s minds.

That is what the board members discussed at their meeting Nov. 12.

Principal Charmaine Robertson reported that Crocker received three grants last month to offer their students artistic programs. A $5,000 grant from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation will fund a mini-orchestra. The money will go toward a cello and other instruments as well as jazz artists to come teach the students how to play the instruments.

A $5,000 grant from Walden University will provide music education to each of the 12 classrooms.

A grant from Primetime will provide an opportunity for parents to get connected with Crocker, Robertson said. The grant provides Crocker with the supplies to have an afterschool reading program including dinner that will focus on family and literacy, board member Simonne Robinson said.

Crocker’s audit was also on the board’s agenda this past Saturday. Cherie Lopez, financial administrator, and John Tobler, interim treasurer, reported the audit is going well.

Lopez and Tobler have been working hard after their audit was increased. The audit was increased, Robertson said, because the school’s food services pushed them over the smaller audit threshold they were at before. This means their audit will take a little longer and will take more work.

The board members also discussed the unannounced visit of three members of the Louisiana Recovery School District. These three members came to Crocker three weeks ago to monitor the school, said board Chairwoman Grisela Jackson and Robertson. There has been no feedback yet, Robertson said.

Board members present for the meeting included Jackson, Tobler, Shaun Rafferty, Stephen Boyard, Simonne Robinson and Edward Scharfenberg.

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