At its monthly board meeting the Choice Foundation unanimously voted to remain under the Recovery School District and not return to the Orleans Parish School Board at the end of the 2012–13 school year. The Choice board governs Lafayette Academy, which was one of more than a dozen schools eligible to move under the oversight of the Orleans Parish School Board following a period of academic improvement.
A modest increase in Andrew Wilson’s 2011- 2012 school performance score was the main focus at the monthly board meeting, Oct 22.Last year’s school performance score was 77.9, a gain of 7.6 points from last year, just short of the 10 point growth target set by school administrators. Principal Logan Crowe and Assistant Principal Ronicka Briscoe told the board that while the school just narrowly missed its benchmark, internal assessments reveal an upward trend in reading and math comprehension.
Budget cuts due to reduced state funds from low enrollment was the main topic at the monthly board meeting at Milestone/SABIS, October 22. School director Catherine Boozer announced that despite additional recruitment efforts through radio ads, current enrollment stands at 428, well short of its projected enrollment of 528.
Between 20 and 25 percent cumulatively of last year’s top undergraduates did not re-enroll in ReNEW schools this year, chief executive officer Gary Robichaux told the charter management organization’s board of directors at their monthly meeting in October. Robichaux cited the state voucher program and low school performance scores—both SciTech and Batiste Cultural Arts Academy are ranked “F”—as prime reasons for the drop-off.