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Algiers charter board keeps Morgan as CEO, removes the “interim” from his title

The Algiers Charter School Association board of trustees on Thursday voted unanimously to approve extending the contract of its interim chief executive, Adrian Morgan.

AdrianMorganMorgan, who will lose the “interim” from his title, has worked with ACSA since August, when former leader Andrea Thomas-Reynolds opted not to renew her contract. Morgan’s contract extends through the end of June 2014 with the option to extend further at that time.

“I am honored to have been chosen by the board and greatly appreciate this vote of confidence. It is my hope that this announcement will provide additional assurance and stability to the ACSA staff and community,” Morgan said in a written statement.

The decision comes on the heels of a positive performance review from teachers, support staff and other employees in the six schools ACSA governs.

An email survey sent to 622 employees resulted in 352 responses. Of them, 85 percent said they thought Morgan has “done a good job” in his time with the organization. Eighty percent agreed that he was responsive to the needs of the organization’s schools, and 73 percent felt he engages with the Algiers community.

After receiving those survey results, the board in January agreed to enter contract negotiations with Morgan.

Many familiar faces from the community were present at Thursday’s meeting to discuss an update on the merger between O. Perry Walker and L.B. Landry high schools.

“The Landry merger is moving forward but it’s not done…If you do have any power you’re not showing it and then you are part of the problem,” said Rev. Raynard Casimier of the Love Outreach Church in Algiers, referencing a hope within community leaders that the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education board may halt a decision that ACSA has not.

Former Landry football coach Derek “Skip” LaMothe announced a public meeting with BESE leaders on March 13 to be held at the Behrman Gym on Gen. Meyer Ave. at 6:00 p.m. The meeting aims to give community members the chance to speak directly to BESE members about their concerns over the merger.

The board also approved a change of signatory authority for the organization’s credit cards, shifting the responsibility from controller Renae Montegut who stepped down this week to Chief Financial Officer Charlie Mackles. Additionally, the organization agreed to a three year contract with the company that already does its financial audits, Hienz & Macaluso.

ACSA oversees Fischer Elementary, O. Perry Walker High, McDonogh 32 Elementary, Martin Behrman Elementary, Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary and Algiers Technology Academy.

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  • nickelndime

    “An email survey sent to 622 employees resulted in 352 responses.” And were the identities of the employees kept anonymous? I wouldn’t have trusted what the ACSA says anyway, but just asking. (“After receiving those survey results, the board in January agreed to enter contract negotiations with Morgan.”)
    The public meeting with BESE on March 13, 2013 concerning the Landry merger might be interesting. I said might. I mean, there is this huge RSD Landry (“F” school) facility with idle classrooms and failing students, and there is O. Perry Walker (whose principal is on one of those 6-figure annual salary trips in “Charter Land, USA”), and the ACSA decided that it was not going to let Walker go just yet. OPSB has taken back 2 schools (Harte & Karr). And Stan Smith appears to hold some type of allegiance to the State (i.e., his primary interest does not seem to be local), since he has told the Walker group that returning to OPSB control will not affect the merger. And lest anyone forget, the ACSA is the nonprofit charter board that tried to drop out of the teachers’ retirement system even though that’s what its charter says. Seems that Adams and Reese counsel advised ACSA it could do that. Another instance of Adams and Reese not paying attnetion to what is written in a charter (et tu, Lycee).