Einstein’s board of directors elected a new vice president and discussed bylaw revisions and a new budget policy at their monthly meeting, April 3.

The board nominated and elected member Ryan Bennett as vice president, he was not in attendance. The board also approved minutes of the March meeting.

Principal Shawn Toranto and assistant business manager Doug Guidry submitted their reports electronically, as both were out for spring break. Toranto’s report said summer school for 2012 had been cancelled and parents would be so notified during the week of April 9. Einstein will help place students in other programs as needed, the report said, adding that students and teachers are preparing for upcoming state tests.

Guidry’s presentation included a  preliminary budget for next year. The board discussed a budget policy draft that member James Pineda adopted from another charter school.  While discussing the draft the board resolved to hold an open forum on May 22.  The board did not vote on the draft policy as their attorney had not yet reviewed it.

Board president Ramona Perkins said she thought the preliminary budget’s layout was slightly confusing and asked that the budget available for public review be made easier to read.  The board agreed.

The board intended to vote on their new bylaws, but revisions were made so late in the day that not all members had had a chance to review them comprehensively.  Member Laurin Jacobsen and the board’s attorney Michelle Craig advised that the vote be postponed until next month.

Members Perkins, Pineda, Jacobsen, Suzanne Evangelista, TK Tieu, and Margaret Nguyen were present.  Former board member Chuck Gasho and attorney Craig were also present.  Gasho has submitted an application to return to the board.

The meeting began at 6:17 p.m. and ended at 7:25 p.m.

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...