New Orleans businessman Harry Blumenthal has joined the governing board of International High School.
He is the former president and chief executive of Blumenthal Print Works Inc. in New Orleans. Blumenthal’s addition unanimously was approved Jan. 18 by the charter school board.
Board members said Blumenthal’s extensive experience with business would not only aid the board, but also fit with the board’s values in business education. Blumenthal’s candidacy was supported by board member Ed Graf, the head of the board’s academic committee.
The charter school board now stands at 11 members.
The board also approved the school’s academic-honesty policy. It delayed a vote to approve the board’s annual audit because the finance committee had yet to finish the paperwork required to increase its line of credit.
Chief Executive Officer Anthony Ward said the school is healthy and thriving with enrollment at the highest ever—303 students—and a renewed alliance with the new leader of the New Orleans French Council.
The school has been fully renovated, and every computer, air-conditioning unit items loan by the Recovery School District is bar coded and accounted for, he said.
The daily attendance rate stands at 94.6 percent, Ward said. .
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb 15 at 6 p.m. at the school.