ReNEW board briefed on exploratory moves toward possible City Park Academy takeover

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The ReNEW charter management group is one of several charter school organizations interested in taking over McDonogh City Park Academy.

Kevin Guitterrez, ReNEW’s president and chief operating officer, told board members at their Thursday meeting that his staff have met with their counterparts from the New Orleans Charter Schools Foundation, the group that runs McDonogh City Park. ReNEW was scheduled to make a presentation at McDonogh’s board meeting on Tuesday, he said.

If the two sides agree that the takeover is a good fit, ReNEW will “green light the process,” Guitterrez said. No binding commitments have been made as yet, he said.

The management change would begin with the 2015-16 school year. McDonogh City Park Academy, which had 420 students in 2012-13, earned a C rating on its most recent report card from the Louisiana Department of Education.

Guitterrez also updated board members on the status of several bills pending in the current state legislative session. House bills 37 and 44, introduced by Rep. Kevin Pearson, R-Slidell, would require that a portion of every school’s per-pupil state allocation go to the Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana to pay down its unfunded accrued liability.

Guitterrez called the bills “severe threats” to ReNEW’s budget.

In its only vote, the board agreed unanimously to allow Chief Executive Officer Gary Robichaux to sign for an extension of the organization’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant.

In his final report to ReNEW’s board, development manager Pete Rodway said ReNEW’s Chili in the Channel fundraiser raised a net $11,813. He announced his resignation at the January board meeting.

Rodway has assisted ReNEW in the search for a development director to replace him. The candidates list is down to three, chief of staff Colleen Mackay said.

The next board meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. April 10, at 3649 Laurel St.

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