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Grant would aid students with disabilities; One App admissions process spurned

Hynes has teamed up with Lusher and Audubon charter schools to apply for a state grant that would fund academic services for students with disabilities, school officials said at September’s monthly board meeting.

If the application is successful, each school would receive $50,000 from  Believe and Include, a $4 million state program to advance academic excellence as Louisiana moves public school curricula into alignment with the Common Core State Standards Initiative sponsored nationwide by the National Governors Association.

In other business, the board announced that Hynes would not participate this year in the Recovery School District’s unified application process, known as One App.

Board president Al Meister said Hynes, an Orleans Parish School Board charter, has an earlier admissions and enrollment deadline than the Recovery School District. Applications for next year will be available starting Oct. 8. The deadline is Jan. 11, and the school’s admission lottery will be held in March.

“We align our enrollment calendar with other schools around the area,” Meister said. “If we push back our dates to accommodate the One App process, we’ll lose kids from the community who will commit to other schools with earlier registration dates.”

Hynes’ enrollment currently stands at 640 students, 16 more than it budgeted for the school year.

In a report on Hurricane Isaac, board members learned that the storm brought water into hallways and that a playground fence was damaged and is awaiting repair.

Hynes’ Spring Fair, the school’s annual fundraiser, will be April 20, a Saturday, officials announced.

Meister was joined for the 40-minute meeting by board members Cassandra Youmans, April Bedford, Helene Derbigny, Darlene Morgan, Timothy Ryan and Barbara Richard. There were no absentees.
The next board meeting is Oct. 29.

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