Divisions over this spring's union drive resurfaced in Saturday's meeting.
Three stories last week raised questions about how school leaders conducted public business.
State law says the public is entitled to observe how government bodies make decisions. But Lusher board members privately discussed how to respond to the union, using a boardwide email group. And they set up several private meetings that appear to have circumvented the Open Meetings Law.
Three months later, we haven't received emails from CEO Kathy Riedlinger.
They show deep divisions over the union and questions about CEO Kathy Riedlinger’s leadership.
Organizers say handful of teachers involved in union activities weren't asked to return.
The tally: 54 votes by teachers for the union, 77 against.
We'll be outside, but won't live-blog it.
Elections will be held at both campuses on May 17.
Members say they want faculty members to decide the issue through a vote.
CEO Kathy Riedlinger says some parents could gain access to the test if they know its name.
It's time to level the playing field and provide a uniform application process for all OPSB charters.
Schools run by the Orleans Parish School Board have been the top performers on standardized tests. That continued this year, but several charters in the Recovery School District inched past them. The challenge: Replicating what's working.
New Foundations board replenishes the account; student activities will not be impaired.
Next year's budget available for public review, ahead of May 14 hearing at Lusher's Fortier campus.
Space would let elementary campus move in temporary classrooms, which gives the charter school flexibility as main campus repairs get underway. The portable buildings also will allow the school to increase enrollment.
“It’s become a tradition: the many people that are very happy, and the many more that are unhappy when it comes to the lottery.” — Kathy Reidlinger.
Selections for middle and high school will be made Wednesday; lower school picks will be made Friday.
Story contains a link that allows readers to sample test questions.
Of the seven A schools in the city, just one buses its students. That means some students fortunate enough to get into one of the best schools must take hours-long rides on public transportation, making them and their parents uneasy.
Size of the bonus is not known yet and will depend on the money the school gets from the state based on enrollment.
Lusher charter school CEO says increase could be $200 per student.
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.
School's enrollment is at capacity, with a waiting list.
School starting dates vary throughout the month of August.
But a Louisiana Supreme Court decision on school vouchers funding means the school could take a smaller hit than first expected.
The extra money means the school will not have to dip as far into its reserves as originally planned for next school year.
The board is expected to vote on the proposal Saturday.
Also, the school's draft $16 million budget for 2014. Lusher will dip into its substantial reserves to cover a $641,000 deficit, which LeCesne attributed to both rising costs and sinking revenues
So far Lauren Hightower has not been charged with any crime, though she admitted taking money from the school.
Because the money was returned, police are pursuing forgery rather than theft charges.
As the rest of the city focused on the Super Bowl this past weekend, officials at Lusher Charter School had their minds on high school football – and potential injuries that their students could face next school year. Recent division changes made by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association pose a “danger” for students at Lusher and other schools in the city, board president Blaine LeCesne told school officials during a meeting Saturday.
A New Orleans police report regarding embezzlement at Lusher Charter School provides more details regarding the theft of $25,000 last school year, including the name of the employee involved. Accounting office employee Lauren Hightower, 30, forged the signature of Lusher Chief Executive Officer Kathy Riedlinger and others on six checks, according to the report released Friday to The Lens.
For months, officials have described the planned merger between West Bank rivals O. Perry Walker and L.B. Landry high schools as a “unification.”
The new school could have an ecumenical new name: “Landry Walker High School,” planners said.
An employee in the accounting department at Lusher Charter School embezzled $25,000 last school year by forging five checks she wrote to herself from the school’s bank account, according to an audit report obtained by The Lens. The audit report doesn’t identify the “high ranking employee in the Business Office,” who was ultimately fired.
Audubon Charter School officials on Saturday were still feeling the sting. Two days earlier, an Orleans Parish School Board committee discussed whether to give the Henry W. Allen School building to Lusher Charter School.
Lusher Charter School CEO Kathy Riedlinger and High School Principal Wiley Ates announced Saturday that Lusher students’ “I Am” campaign idea had won $10,000 in the Drew Brees “Trust Your Crazy Ideas” competition, beating out St. Augustine High School, New Orleans College Prep Charter School, and Isidore Newman School.
Lusher has the highest performance score—170.7— in the state, among schools that run from kindergarten through grade 12, school leader Kathy Riedlinger advised the charter’s board of directors at their monthly meeting Oct. 12.
Hurricane Issac topped the agenda at Lusher’s monthly board meeting, Sept. 8.
Lusher Charter School’s board of directors renewed the contract of the school’s chief executive officer and gave her and the school’s faculty a one-time pay bump at its monthly board meeting Saturday. Board members also discussed plans to refurbish school buildings, and work with the Recovery School District to tailor its centralized enrollment process to Lusher’s admission requirements.
The Lusher Charter School’s board announced at its annual budget meeting that ongoing building maintenance and raises for faculty and administrators will result in an increase in expenses in next year’s budget, effective July 1. The 2012-2013 budget hearing held Wednesday, June 6 at 10 a.m.
The board that runs Lusher Charter School’s three campuses, announced 3 percent budget increase from last year in its first draft of its 2012-2013 budget, which goes into effect July 1. The board, Advocates for Arts Based Education, will hold a public hearing on the budget Wednesday, June 5 at 10 a.m.
A public hearing on the school’s new budget will be held Wednesday
Review the numbers for Lusher’s 2012-13 budget here. For comparison, see the current year’s budget here.
Lusher’s board of directors began their monthly meeting, March 3, with discussion of Governor Bobby Jindal’s education agenda and how the proposed legislation would affect Lusher. One Jindal proposal is to put more weight on SAT and ACT scores and other college preparation work to determine a high school’s School Performance Score (SPS).
Work hard, play hard. At its monthly meeting on Jan.
A curriculum change is imminent. At its monthly meeting on Dec.
Advocates for Arts Based Education Corp. the board governing Lusher Charter School, met Nov.
The notice for Saturday’s Lusher Board meeting is reprinted below:
The Board of Directors of Advocates for Arts Based Education Corporation will be held Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., in Room 207, at 5624 Freret Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. Below is the Agenda For the Meeting.
Advocates for Arts Based Education Corp. the board governing Lusher Charter School, met Oct.
The Lusher Charter school board meeting for October has been moved to Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m.
The Lusher Charter School Board meeting for October has been moved to Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 6pm. It had been previously scheduled for Saturday 10am.
The board of directors of Advocates for Arts Based Education Corporation, the charter management organization that runs Lusher, began at 10 a.m. Sept.