Jill Otis, chief executive officer of Lycée Francais de la Nouvelle Orleans, will step down at the end of the school year. Her resignation as school leader was approved unanimously by the board of directors as they emerged from an executive session on April 2.
Correction: A sentence was removed from an earlier version of this article because it gave a misleading impression of the reason the board went into executive session. The board of Lycée Francais held a special meeting March 26 to review the performance of Jill Otis, the school’s chief executive officer.
In an occasionally tense monthly meeting on March 12, Lycée Francais board members debated whether they or the school’s administration has the authority to approve adding a new class to the school. Earlier this month, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved continued exploration of adding a second grade.
After hearing from a crowd of parents and some students, the board that manages Sci High postponed a vote to choose a new school leader last week, saying they want to allow more time for comment and community feedback. The board also heard a monthly financial report that was described as “bleak” because of unexpected expenses.
The board of E.P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy held their first meeting of the academic year on September 12 at 6:20 p.m. Four of the seven board members were present: Jesse Hills Jr., Arthur Williams Jr., Ashton Ryan Jr., and board president Pastor Charles J. Southall III. Absentees were Gregory Mason, Kirk Reasonover and Clinton Smith Jr.
Principal Eileen Williams sat with the board.