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Holidays boost enrollment; attendance goal set; Open House and Family Math Night ahead

Two prospective members attended the Jan. 10 monthly meeting of the Pride College Prep board of directors: Sam Joel, director of research for Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and Gabriel Bordenave, the Recovery School District’s portfolio communications director.

Pride’s founder and school leader, Michael Richard, announced that with an enrollment of 257, the school is approaching full capacity. A lot of families moved back to New Orleans over the holidays and Pride welcomed them with open arms, Richard said.

Richard also announced that Pride has set a daily attendance goal of 95 percent or higher. Right now the school is averaging 94.8 percent.

The Pride board wants to develop a policy for receiving public comment. A rough draft of the policy was passed out to board members. A finalized version will be discussed at a future meeting.

Finance and operations director Simone Green reported that the Recovery School District has not clarified the erroneous bill the school received for lunches. Green’s calculations lead her to believe the RSD priced every lunch at full cost, failing to factor in discounted and free lunches.

Richard announced that on Friday, Jan. 13, there will be another Board Open House starting at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, is Family Math Night.

The meeting was held in the conference room of the school’s Main Office Building before an audience of five, including a reporter for The Lens. The next board meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the same room.

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