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Board gets update on new scoring system, facilities changes

The hourlong International School of Louisiana Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday kicked off with a presentation by the Louisiana Department of Education to update the board on the Charter School Performance Compact.

These changes in scoring Type 2 charters such as ISL will use a scale that tops out with 150 as a perfect score. The Department of Education has also tweaked some achievement goals to push students to exceed expected performance and not just approaching basic, which was met with raised eyebrows, as was the push for technology compliance goals for the 2014-2015 school year.

Head of School Sean Wilson provided the board with an update on various campus properties. He said that the Thalia Street rental negotiation was underway, although a proposal for a lower amount has not yet been agreed upon by the landowner. As for the Bunche Street property, the lease price will remain the same, insurance has settled and the school will begin moving desks and chairs, although all technology will stay at the Clearview site. A motion to authorize Andrew Yon, President of the Board, to sign the lease was passed unanimously. Wilson also announced that modular buildings made their first appearance on Olivier Street the day of the meeting. In addition, roof repairs on Camp Street are planned to start over the summer, kick-starting the long-term facilities upgrade planned for the campuses.

Likewise, the board unanimously re-elected  Barbara Griffin to the board for another term.

Wilson said the staff is beginning to draft the budget for the 2013-2014 school year.

Adjourning the meeting at 6:58, Barbara Griffin mentioned ISL’s performance with New Orleans School of Circus at Jazz Fest’s Kid’s Tent on the first Friday of April. Although about 10 audience members were present, board members Matthew Amoss and David Napoleon were not.  The ISL Board meets again on April 24 at 6 p.m.

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