New board of directors readies to take over two Algiers charter schools

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The newly formed permanent board of directors for Edna Karr Charter High School and Alice M. Harte Charter School met Monday night to approve an operating contract with the Orleans Parish School Board and amend the previous founding board’s by-laws.

InspireNOLA will oversee the two schools, previously under Algiers Charter Schools Association oversight, effective July 1. OPSB announced last year that it  would be taking direct control of the two schools, although ACSA continued to manage them through the end of the previous academic year.

ACSA will continue to provide human resources and accounting support this year. Board member Kim Baptiste said they decided to stay with the ACSA operating principles to simplify the partnership and because there were no internal control issues with the system.

The board elected Matthew Broussard, Jay Daniels and MaryJo Roberts as new board members. They also accepted the resignation of founding board member Dahme Bolden, the former principal of William J. Fischer Accelerated Academy who recently accepted a new position with ACSA.

The board amended the bylaws so that all members would serve two-year terms with a two-term limit. Officers will be elected to a one-year term with a two-term limit. Alicia Bendana said the terms and limits are based on best practices at other schools.

The next board meeting will be July 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Harte.

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