The French and Montessori Education Board met at the school’s Milan Street campus Saturday to discuss these and a variety of other issues. Wednesday’s meeting will also be on Milan Street.
The two-campus school system has been without a permanent leader since its longtime leader retired Sept. 30. The board appointed lower campus Assistant Principal Latoye Brown as the interim CEO.
As the end of the school year approached, parents and staff grew anxious because a new leader hadn’t been chosen. The search, led by a professional firm, led to three finalists, including Brown. The other two have since dropped out, leaving her the sole contender.
Also at the meeting, the Parent-Teacher Organization president presented results from its March survey to analyze parents’ and students’ thoughts on the school’s communication and fundraising.
Around 270 respondents, mostly parents, participated and showed overall satisfaction with the school’s current communication methods, academic programs, community diversity and fundraising requests.
The survey showed the school’s greatest challenges are funding, class size, communications and equality and interaction between the French and Montessori programs. It also found arts are a priority for school investment and improvement.
The survey found that Montessori parents believe resources are skewed for the French program, while French-affiliated parents believe resources are skewed toward the Montessori side.
In other business, the board:
- Discussed the creation of a faculty council to encourage more collaboration between the staff and administrators.
- Authorized a deal with the Bossier Parish School Board to buy playground equipment for the Broadway campus at a steep discount. Related to that, the board authorized a contract with Rotolo Consultants to handle playground improvements. The school is trying to raise about $100,000 for playground work.
- Heard a report on its new application for a $140,000 federal literacy grant to put toward new computers, literacy software technology and library books.