Sophie B. Wright Charter School has hired an attorney in its nearly six-year effort to get the Orleans Parish School Board to hand over FEMA money due to the school for damage sustained in Hurricane Katrina. The sum of money, as yet of uncertain size, is needed for building renovations, and a resolution seems to be in the works, the Wright board learned at its monthly meeting, which had been rescheduled from November to Dec. 14.

In other developments, Wright has begun to offer new online courses through the platform Moodle, an e-learning program. Some of the subjects offered are U.S. History, Biology, Chemistry, French 2, Spanish 2, Geometry, Algebra, and electives such as Western Civilization. The classes are conducted in a hybrid model, with the online work supplemented by monthly meetings with an instructor. For more on Moodle and the new courses, visit

The school’s audit is underway, board members learned, and they agreed to vote on new bylaws at their next meeting. It will be in the school’s first-floor conference room, at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 18, a Monday.