"Thanks to the Knight Foundation for this 'knot-hole' [The Vault] through which we, the unwashed, can peer to see just how our tax dollars are being spent by City Hall. Please keep up the good work."
—Eugene B. Kordahl
It will cost $30 million to bring students to and from public schools this year, compared to $18 million the year before Katrina. The increase appears to be a consequence of citywide enrollment and the shift from a centrally-run school system. A few schools are working together to negotiate busing contracts.
New Orleans Science and Mathematics High School leaders are embarking on a five-month budgeting process. Co-principals Claire Jecklin and Chana Benenson, along with School Finance Director Claudia Kent told members of Sci High governing board Feb.
At their Oct. 11 board of directors meeting, the Advocates for Science and Mathematics Education Inc. heard the pros and cons of One App, the Recovery School District’s (RSD) blanket application for student enrollment.
From left, Martin Behrman, Arthur Ashe and KIPP Believe are three campuses that are likely to be eligible to return to the oversight of the Orleans Parish School Board, above. Photo by Jessica Williams
Several more independent charter school leaders soon will find themselves facing a question that several others, including Sophie B. Wright Charter School’s principal, have been grappling with for more than a year: Should we move back under the wing of the Orleans Parish School Board?
At the conclusion of a lengthy executive session held at its Sept. 13 meeting, the board governing New Orleans Science and Math High School announced that Dr. Richard Best, School Director, had tendered his resignation.
At their August 9 meeting, the board governing New Orleans Science and Math High School learned of positive increases in both enrollment numbers and year-end net assets. Last minute changes to the school’s transportation and food service providers were also announced.
With 2011-2012 final grades and advanced-placement data in hand, New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School continues to show steady improvement on an already strong record of student performance, board members learned at their monthly meeting, July 12. Sci High ranked in the top 10 citywide on all four course exams: sixth in English, with a score of 67; sixth in Geometry, with a score of 47; eighth in Algebra I, with a score of 59, and tenth in Biology, with a score of 40
Sci High showed the greatest growth in its fledgling advanced-placement program.
The board that governs the New Orleans Charter Science and Math High approved the school’s 2012-2013 budget of $3.8 million at its monthly meeting June 14. The budget had shown a deficit of nearly $50,000, but a few salaries had been over-budgeted, and one salary, that of a geology teacher, was eliminated from the budget.
The board that governs New Orleans Charter Science and Math High held its budget hearing on June 11 and reported that it does not plan to make any significant changes to its budget for next year. The proposed budget calls for a 2.7 percent increase over this year’s spending, rising from $3.7 million this year to $3.8 million for the 2012-2013 school year.
Directors of New Orleans Charter Science and Math High met May 10 for their monthly board meeting to discuss plans for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year. A financial report indicated that cash flow has stabilized, and things are not as tight as they were in January and February, thanks in part to the flow of grant money.
As the 2012-13 school year approaches, New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High is doing more than ever to recruit incoming freshmen and to retain students already enrolled. At their monthly meeting, March 8, the school’s directors were advised that projected enrollment for next year stands at 361.
The New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High board meeting, on Feb. 2, welcomed Dick Best as the school’s new director and expressed hope that outgoing school director Barbara MacPhee will quickly regain her strength.
Board meetings over the past few months have been marked by tension over a central question: who is to succeed the charismatic Barbara MacPhee as head of New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School after she retires. Parents and students have attended the past few meetings awaiting a decision.
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.
Advocates for Science & Mathematics Education, Inc.
AUGUST 11, 2011
4:30 P. M.
SCI HIGH, Rm. 115
Call to Order
Approval of the Minutes Sybil
Financial Report Barbara
School Director’s Reports Barbara
Report of the Chair Mary
Formal adoption of digest of the minutes
Report from the Foundation Erica