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A year after turmoil, Lycee Francais gives new CEO a 20% raise for bringing stability

Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans’ CEO Keith Bartlett just got a $20,000 raise.

The French curriculum charter school’s board approved a $110,000 contract at a Monday night meeting for Bartlett’s work this school year, board chairwoman Alysson Mills said.

“The school is a different place today thanks to Keith’s leadership and vision,” Mills wrote in an email to The Lens.

Keith Bartlett

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Keith Bartlett

Bartlett came on as interim CEO last year, after the embattled charter school failed to find a permanent school leader. The just-approved contract is retroactive to July 1, 2014.

The raise “acknowledges the outstanding work Keith did last year,” Mills wrote.

The school has since become accredited by the French Ministry of Education and has partnerships with the Louisiana State Museum, Ogden Museum and Audubon Zoo, Mills noted.

Going into last night’s meeting the board had a draft contract that listed a $90,000 salary, which is the amount Bartlett earned in 2013-14.

 Though Mills says she’d be happy to sign Bartlett to a multi-year deal, he prefers year-to-year contracts.

Mills said the board does not have plans at this point to launch a CEO search for the 2015-16 school year.

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About 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 to New Orleans in the fall of 2014 after covering education for the St. Cloud Times in Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with majors in journalism and social welfare and a concentration in educational policy studies.

  • nickelndime

    Lycée is a stacked deck – loaded dice – an ant could provide stability – and would do it for nothing – just because it could. These charter schools are using public funds for private agendas. It’s not enough – it never is. Now the group is into real estate deals with the OPSB. Forget that P-Town “what the community wants” plans. Marshall, II says, if you want the building, apply for a charter. This is piling so high, all of the New Orleans residents will be wearing hip boots – not white shrimp boots.