Financial breathing room allows for delay in sale of Katrina-devastated New Orleans Charter School site.
After two years, school may have to move again, to New Orleans East.
CEO Jay Altman tells board he has no plans to leave, but that developing a succession plan is good policy.
Retreat agenda includes long-term planning.
Three of the organization's five charter schools were eligible to move from Recovery School District.
CEO notes good news in performance-grade improvements.
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.
Schools see reductions in two funding sources.
Now that the charter movement has matured in New Orleans, there are fewer opportunities to grow.
School starting dates vary throughout the month of August.
In three recent testing years, 33 public schools have been flagged for problems and possible cheating on standardized tests — 12 more than once. A testing expert says these irregularities indicate cheating by teachers and administrators, who have a lot riding on their students' performance.
Per pupil funding is increased after Orleans Parish School Board recalculation
Official projected that the budget year will end with a balance of $506,000 — $100,000 more than expected.
The board also adopted a 77-page financial policies and procedures manual.
The 435-student K-8 school is slated to leave its current location at 4217 Orleans Ave. in July of 2014.
John Dibert Community School could soon have a new school building at the old Phyllis Wheatley Elementary School site in Treme.
Though FirstLine Schools’ Board of Directors didn’t have a quorum Wednesday, they voted to go into executive session. The members asked everyone to leave while they met privately for a half-hour, saying only that they were going to talk about “personnel issues.”
At their November meeting, FirstLine board members adopted a list of five guiding principles for governance, unanimously elected two new board members and viewed a lengthy development committee presentation focused on raising money to replace fading start-up and turn-around money for FirstLine schools. “New Orleans has a rare opportunity to set up a structure that will facilitate the long-term success of schools after this generation of leaders is gone,” said CEO Jay Altman, speaking about the governance guidelines.
FirstLine Schools saw an overall improvement in their 2012 state School Performance Scores (SPS), which were released by the Louisiana Department of Education earlier this week. Each FirstLine school maintained or improved its score from the previous year.
Review the updated meeting agenda here.
The FirstLine Schools board of directors voted unanimously to approve a revised final budget for the 2012-2013 school year at their monthly meeting, September 26. The final budget for the upcoming year still comes in around the projected $26 million, according to finance committee chair Stephen Rosenthal.
Review the agenda for the Sept. 26 FirstLine Schools board meeting here.
FirstLine Schools Inc. welcomed two new board members and announced the long-awaited opening of the new Arthur Ashe Charter School building during its meeting on August 22.
Review the agenda for the 8/22/12 board meeting here.
The FirstLine Schools’ Board of Directors took an in-depth look at the 2012-2013 budget at its monthly meeting on June 18. FirstLine controls Samuel J. Green Charter School, John Dibert Community School, Joseph C. Clark Preparatory High School, Arthur Ashe Charter School, and, beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, it will operate Langston Hughes Academy.
Review the agenda for Monday’s FirstLine Schools board meeting here.
Initial results from standardized state tests look good, FirstLine Schools chief executive officer Jay Altman told the board at their May monthly meeting. Altman said he expects John Dibert Community School to post some of the city’s biggest gains. He said he was pleased that Langston Hughes Academy maintained the status quo.
Budget projections have held up and each of the five schools in the expanding FirstLine network are operating with a surplus of roughly $30,000, finance committee chairman Stephen Rosenthal told fellow board members at their monthly meeting, April 24. The strong balances have been realized despite unpredictable drops in attendance and related revenue, especially at Joseph S. Clark Prep. The back ink shows that the corporation as a whole can support itself within the current model, Rosenthal noted.
Review the April 24 meeting agenda here.
FirstLine schools anticipate ending the school year comfortably in the black, board members were pleased to learn at their monthly meeting in March. Revenues are expected to exceed expenses by $738,000, finance committee chairman Stephen Rosenthal reported, to applause.
The state Department of Education today released the list of New Orleans schools eligible to participate in its voucher program. The program, called the Scholarships for Educational Excellence Program, has for the past three years offered low-income students from low-performing public schools the chance to attend the private school of their choice, with the state paying the bill for tuition and fees.
John Dibert Community School and Langston Hughes Academy will both offer a pre-kindergarten program next year, the FirstLine board of directors decided at its monthly meeting, Feb. 28.
Review the board meeting agenda for all FirstLine Schools here.
Finances and campus facility changes were the topics of discussion at the monthly meeting of the FirstLine charter school board, Jan. 24.
Review the agenda for FirstLine Schools board meeting here.
Review the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting here.
FirstLine sent out a notice, which reads:
BOARD MEETING DATE CHANGE
Langston Hughes Academy
3519 Trafalgar Street
New Orleans, LA 70119
NEW DATE: Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Board members Alison Hartman, Charleen Blache, Stephen Rosenthal, Dana Peterson, Gregory St. Etienne, Lawrence Kullman, Darleene Peters, Brian Egana, Chief Operating Officer Adrian Morgan, and Chief Executive Officer Jay Altman were present Oct.
Review the agenda and information about tomorrow’s meeting at the following link: FLS Board Agenda.
FirstLine School board met Sept. 29 to make decisions and discuss new plans and concerns for its group of charter schools: Samuel J. Green Charter School, Arthur Ashe Charter School, John Dibert Community School, and Joseph S. Clark, which includes The NET Charter High.
Tomorrow’s FirstLine Schools Board meeting will begin at 4pm at Langston Hughes. Click here to see the FLS Board Agenda 110927
The committee will meet at S J Green Charter tomorrow, prior to the full board meeting next Tuesday at 4pm.
The agenda for this Board Committee meeting for Firstline Schools, Inc.