A recent Recovery School District review of facilities and the acceptance of graduating seniors by four-year colleges were key topics under discussion at the monthly meeting of the Miller-McCoy Academy board, Jan. 23.
The RSD audit found no major problems, facilities committee chair Nat Jones reported. But the school must take responsibility for cleaning the kitchen grease trap, previously believed to be a task of Aramark, the food services company. RSD recommended several companies that provide the service.
Other issues mentioned by RSD have been addressed, Jones said. Most had to do with the cleanliness of the school restrooms. “This is the kind of thing you deal with with young boys,” Jones said. “We tried to monitor the students the day the RSD folks came and we still had some issues.”
As regards college acceptance, school principal Keith Sanders said that to date 35 of 69 seniors have gained admission to college. Of those, seven will attend Louisiana State University, and one student was awarded an athletic scholarship for football by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Students used a common online application.
Board vice president Joseph Byrd, vice president of student services at Xavier University, said he would be happy to assist Miller-McCoy students with the application process.
Nine board members were present at the meeting as well as three members of the public including a reporter from The Lens and two representatives of the United Teachers of NOLA union.
Miller-McCoy’s board meets the fourth Monday of each month.