International School of Louisiana
It will cost $30 million to bring students to and from public schools this year, compared to $18 million the year before Katrina. The increase appears to be a consequence of citywide enrollment and the shift from a centrally-run school system. A few schools are working together to negotiate busing contracts.
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 Board of Trustees for the International School of Louisiana met at the Jefferson campus on September 26 to discuss plans to possibly move facilities in the 2013-2014 school year. Head of school Sean Wilson said that ISL is considering shifting grades 5 through 8 from the Camp Street campus to the Olivier campus on the West Bank before the Camp Street location is renovated during the 2013-2014 school year.
At their monthly meeting, July 25, trustees of the International School of Louisiana pondered an eclectic batch of issues ranging from solar panels to Title I funding to the décor of modular classrooms.
“Aesthetic is important,” an audience member interjected as the conversation touched on the modular classrooms being designed for the Olivier Street campus. To which the board replied that the facilities will be made attractive.
The International School of Louisiana’s board of trustees met Wednesday night, June 27, to approve the budget for the 2012-2013 school year and to discuss enrollment. The ISL budget has an expected surplus of only $654, while showing a three hundred percent increase in expected fundraising and a dependence on per-pupil revenue from the state, which means that enrollment levels must be met for the 2012-2013 school year in order for the budget to be met.
The board of directors for the International School of Louisiana announced a 113% increase for the anticipated 2012-2013 operating budget in relation to the acquisition of a charter for a school in Jefferson Parish and increased enrollment at its Camp and Olivier street campuses. Next year’s operating budget is $14.6 million, up from last year’s budget of $6.8 million.
Parents applauded at the International School of Louisiana’s monthly directors’ meeting, May 23, when board president Andrew Yon reversed course and urged the board to drop plans to add another charter to its portfolio in the coming school year. Instead, the board should concentrate on solving problems at schools already under management, in particular the potential for crowding at the Camp Street campus.
At its monthly meeting on May 2, the board of International School of Louisiana postpone an application for funding through the federal “i3” program until a school leader has been hired. “It’s a challenge,” explained board President Andrew Yon, “because you have to hire someone for a job they may or may not get, depending on whether our application is accepted.
After months of debate, the International School of Louisiana’s board of directors voted at its monthly meeting, April 16, to rent six modular classrooms for the Olivier Street campus, but to forgo modulars at the Camp Street campus. Securing extra space on Olivier Street was necessitated by state law that requires kindergarten and first-grade classrooms to be on a ground floor.
The board of the International School of Louisiana authorized the acceptance of a three-year, $100,000, no-interest loan at their monthly meeting, March 28. It also decided to approve ISL’s plan to apply for a much-discussed “i3” grant, from the federal program that encourages innovations that foster academic achievement.
The school board leading the International School of Louisiana charter campus learned recently that it did not win a substantial grant it sought to help build the organization’s capacity, and that it was turned down in its bid to take over a failing school in New Orleans. Still, a state team recommended to Jefferson and Orleans parish officials that the local school boards grant the ISL board permission to open two schools and take over a third.