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Isaac worsens building conditions; board looks to RSD to speed up improvements

Repairing the school building was a focus of attention at the monthly meeting of Einstein’s board of directors, Sept. 11.

“I think it’s time we aggressively and assertively move forward to get our building up to the standards that our children deserve,” principal Shawn Toranto said.

Last week Toranto, along with several teachers, voiced frustration over patchwork repairs that failed during Hurricane Isaac.  An issue with the bidding process delayed the roof replacement slated for this past summer.  The roof over five classrooms was damaged during Isaac and those rooms sustained water damage, Toranto said.

Board president Ryan Bennett is meeting next week at Einstein with Recovery School District superintendent Patrick Dobard regarding the school’s condition.

Toranto showed the board a list of needed repairs that was presented in February to RSD official Rodney Painting.

“I think the spirit of this list covers the base needs for our kids,” Bennett said.

Toranto said she hopes to receive a timeline for completing repairs in the coming weeks.

In other business, member Ramona Perkins resigned from the board effective Sept. 11.  She said in an email that her new teaching position conflicted with board meeting times.  Her resignation brings board membership to four, one shy of the number required in the board’s bylaws.  If necessary, the board president can appoint a member without submitting the issue to a vote.

Assistant business manager Doug Guidry will go on leave beginning Sept. 25.  Toranto and Phong Tran, the department head of technology, will cover for him.

Members Bennett and Chuck Gasho were present, along with Toranto, Guidry and a few teachers.  There was no quorum and thus no votes were taken.

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