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Lusher looks to modular classrooms until repairs are complete on both campuses

With the aroma of boiling mudbugs providing an incentive to complete their agenda and join the school’s annual crawfish boil outside, Lusher’s board at its March meeting officially approving serving alcohol at campus fundraisers. The school already has a state license to serve alcohol.

Board President Blaine LeCesne then offered a motion to accept a credit card with a $30,000 limit from the school’s new bank, First NBC. Chief financial officer Lynden Swayze’s name will be on the credit  card, which will be kept in a safe for emergency use only — “not meals or other expenses,” Swayze said.

In a facilities report, Lusher chief executive Kathy Reidlinger said the two residences the school bought at the corner of Jeanette and Lowerline streets will be torn down by the end of May. The lots will house  modular classrooms for students displaced by long-awaited building repairs on both Lusher campuses.

She said she hopes the first modular will be installed by July 1 and that the others will be in place before Lusher reopens for the 2014-15 academic year, so “we don’t disrupt kids once they’re in school.” She said she was unsure what will be done with the purchased lots after the repair work is done.

Reidlinger told the board that the admissions lottery successfully brought the school to capacity, while inevitably disappointing families not admitted. “It’s become a tradition: the many people that are very happy, and the many more that are unhappy when it comes to the lottery,” said Reidlinger. “It remains a huge problem, dealing with the volume [of people who apply] versus the number of spots available.”

For now, Reidlinger said, Lusher is “in testing mode until the end of the year.”

At the meeting, newly elected City Council Member-at-large Jason Williams rejoined the board. Williams, an attorney, had taken a few months off from the board to run his successful campaign. Following a round of congratulations, board vice president Paul Barron asked Williams, “Will you get the street in front of my house fixed?”

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