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Enrollment strengthening for next year; Amato pleased by standardized test scores

The board devoted its May 17 monthly meeting to end of the year details and a look ahead to International High School’s resumption of classes in August.

Board chairman Andrew Ward noted “a lot of  good things happening as we ramp up to the end of the year.”

One of them is recruitment, according to principal Anthony Amato.   Enrollment has climbed to  420 with more students expected to sign on before the fall semester kicks in, he said.

As part of its recruitment effort, the school is reaching out to students who have been priced out of private and parochial schools providing an otherwise comparable education.

Amato said school testing showed 70 percent of students at mastery level for algebra, 72 percent for English 2 and 59.6 percent in geometry. Twenty-eight percent of students scored 20 or higher on the ACT, and the school’s goal is to have all students at or above that benchmark within five years.

As advertised in The Times-Picayune in compliance with official notification laws, the public will be able to comment on the school’s budget for 2012-13 at a meeting scheduled for June 13, one week before the board votes whether to approve the document and any amendments.

With board officers’ terms expiring, treasurer Karen Dwyer accepted a nomination to succeed Ward as chairman; Rob Couhig accepted nomination to be vice chairman, Harry Blumenthal to be treasurer, and Liljana Johnson to be secretary.

The facilities committee met to address a “rising tide of trepidation” surrounding the school’s effort to purchase its building from the Orleans Parish Public School Board. The lease is up June 30, but Recovery School District official Ramsey Green has offered assurances that it is renewable.

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