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Board seeks increased parent participation, enhanced after-school programs

At its first meeting of the school year, the board of Andrew Wilson Charter briefed the public on a June retreat in which members brainstormed ways to encourage parent involvement and enhance after-school programs.

School officials also gave an update on recent staff hires, current budget figures, and enrollment.

The school is expanding its after-school programs to give students a more balanced, all-around learning experience, members said. Most programs are arts- and sports-related, including an upcoming exhibition of student work done in collaboration with Stephan Wanger, a local artist.

Working with carnival beads and glue guns, students made a dozen art pieces showcasing the history of Louisiana. They’ll be on display at the school starting with a ceremonial unveiling at 2 p.m., Aug. 21. Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne is scheduled to attend.

Board vice-president David Winkler-Schmidt announced that the board has completed revisions to the employee and student handbook. The changes, Winkler-Schmidt said, provide clarity on parent participation. The board hopes to see more parents and community members at fundraising events and as volunteers in after-school programs.

The board also said it welcomes community members to serve on board committees.

In his monthly principal’s report, Logan Crowe announced that all teaching positions have been filled. The school is also on track to reach its target of 624 students, he said.

In other business, the board voted to approve a $5.2 million budget for 2012-2013. It includes a $500,000 reserve as a buffer against unexpected expenses.

The public part of the meeting ended with the board going into executive session to review what was expected of staff in the coming year.

The meeting was adjourned after the executive session of about 10 minutes duration. The next board meeting is Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

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