New Beginnings Schools Foundation/Capital One-New Beginnings Charter School Network
Pierre A. Capdau Charter School, at right, had the dubious distinction of being the first failing school to be taken over by the state-run Recovery School District. Now it and Lake Area New Tech Early College High are among the first to move back under the auspices of the Orleans Parish School Board.
Charter boards overseeing 17 schools must decide by the end of the year if they want to move from the Recovery School District to the Orleans Parish School Board. But there are still reasons for schools to stay put, such as funding issues and concerns about the management and leadership of the local school system.
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 program rewarded teachers based solely on improvements in their students' test scores. In all, five teachers received more than $24,000 apiece, totaling $167,669 — nearly half the allotment available to all New Beginnings staff. But the highest payouts were offered only to those in high-stakes grades. School leader says she's working on a new formula.
Agenda is reprinted below, as it was received:
Welcome & Opening Remarks (1 minute) – Dr. Timothy Ryan, Chairman
Call for Quorum (2 minutes) – Dr. Timothy Ryan
Action Items: Vote to accept the agenda for September 26, 2012
Vote to accept minutes of September 20, 2012
Public Comments (2 minutes per person)
Chief Executive Officer Report (15 minutes) – Helene Derbigny
Update of 2012-2013 Enrollments
One App Process
Safety and Security
Facility Report – Post Hurricane Isaac
Status of Charter Renewal (Capdau) and Charter Extension (Lake Area)
o Introduction of new Grants Manager, Jessica Kudji
Capital One Initiatives
UNO Partnership Activities
Action Items: Vote to accept the revised 2012-2013 academic calendar
Interim Director of Academic Affairs Report (15 minutes) – Juaquana Stewart
Compass and HCIS updates
New Formula for School Performance Scores (SPS)
LA Seat Time Waiver
Action Items: Vote to accept the LA Seat Time Waiver
Budget and Finance (15 minutes) – Kendal Turner
Presentation of financial reports
Employee Benefits (August)
Action Items: Vote to accept board financials
Vote to accept revised 2012-2013 budgets
Vote to accept budget policies
Old Business/New Business (5 minutes)
Executive Session (1 hour)
Closing Remarks & Adjournment (5 minutes) – Dr. Timothy Ryan
The board running the New Beginnings Charter School Network publicly interviewed two finalists Thursday for chief executive officer, one from Milwaukee with Louisiana experience, and the other with the Recovery School District. The CEO oversees four schools with a projected 2012-13 enrollment of more than 2,100 students and a combined budget of more than $17 million.
At its monthly meeting, July 31, the New Beginnings School Foundation introduced Helene Derbigny as interim chief executive officer and announced formation of a committee to replace executives who have resigned. The board also announced plans to implement a new teacher training and evaluation system.
A “culture of fear” among fellow teachers was alleged by a member of the Pierre Capdau faculty at the May 29 board meeting of the charter management organization that runs Capdau and three other schools. “Have you noticed that there are no teachers at these meetings?” Iesha Pearce asked the Capital One-New Beginnings board during the meeting’s public comment period.
There was no public, let alone public comment, at a two-hour public budget hearing Thursday to let interested parties comment on the proposed annual budgets for the four schools in the Capital One-New Beginnings Charter School Network. Like virtually all public bodies, charter schools are required to hold such a hearing before approving their budgets.
Directors of the Capital One-New Beginnings Charter School Network met with school staff and the Recovery School District March 27 without a quorum. Adam Hawf and Troave Profice from the RSD’s Office of School Performance met briefly with the board. Hawf explained his office’s role and fielded questions.
The New Beginnings Schools Foundation meeting agenda is reprinted below:
New Beginnings Schools Foundation
(Capital One-UNO Charter Network)
Regular Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday January 31, 2012
2045 Lakeshore Dr.
Meeting is Open to the General Public
1. Call to Order