At their monthly meeting Dec. 14, Warren Easton’s board discussed many school improvement projects, which are under way and on track.

Projects manager Ken Ducote said the window replacement project is almost complete.

Emergency bids were obtained in November to deal with mold in rooms 202 and 302.  The mold was eliminated over the Thanksgiving weekend, though a permanent correction in the ventilation system still needs to be completed.  A new awning was installed at the school’s main entrance and new scoreboards were installed in the gym.

In school updates, Principal Alexina Medley said the Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) program was a success. The week-long program raised awareness about violence and culminated on Dec. 5 with students from Easton and five other area high schools participating in a day of discussions and presentations.  The school is preparing to go wireless, modems are being installed this month. Medley said the school now requires all volunteers to pass a background check.

The board approved spending up to $1,000 to procure a plaque for the school’s clinic, with the design subject to board approval. The Warren Easton School-Based Health Clinic’s plaque will state the date of dedication as well as the three major donors: the Kellogg Foundation, Sandra Bullock and the San Francisco 49ers.  In order to receive financial support from Tulane University, the clinic must have a name and it must be posted.

The board accepted reports presented by the finance committee. A motion to approve November’s minutes also carried.

An executive session was held to discuss a workman’s compensation claim.

The meeting began at 6 p.m. and ended at 7 p.m. Members David Garland, Brenda Christiansen, David Napoleon, Robert Delle, and David Benelli were present.  Principal Alexina Medley, Financial Officer Mike Greer, Fund Development Coordinator Janet Gaudet, Ken Ducote, two faculty and a reporter from the Lens were also present.

Marta Jewson

Marta Jewson covers education in New Orleans for The Lens. She began her reporting career covering charter schools for The Lens and helped found the hyperlocal news site Mid-City Messenger. Jewson returned...