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Church building to be leased; 8th graders off to Washington; talent show draws 100-plus crowd

Directors of Milestone SABIS New Orleans Academy are studying two properties owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans and hope to decide in the next few weeks which one to lease, board vice president Lorin Crenshaw told board members at their monthly meeting, April 16.

Members also interviewed two candidates for an open board seat, Morning Joseph and Raymond Arline. Board president Leslie Ellison said a decision will be announced at the board’s next meeting, May 21, and the new member will begin serving in June.

In her director’s report, school principal Catherine Boozer said students were taking the state’s standardized test, the LEAP, and would celebrate its completion with an ice cream social. LEAP results are set for release on May 18.

Boozer also reported that 16 students participated in a March talent show, an event that drew an audience of more than 100. Nineteen eighth graders were scheduled to travel to Washington, D.C., on April 19, Boozer said. Proceeds of a fish fry were supplemented by board donations to pay for the trip.

Finance manager Rodney Lilley said the school should end its 2011-12 fiscal year with a budget surplus. The 2012-2013 budget has been completed and Lilley said he expects it will be approved by both the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and by SABIS, which manages the school on a day-to-day basis. The board voted approval of both budgets.

Board treasurer Tania Moore was present in addition to Ellison and Crenshaw.

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