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.
At September’s monthly board meeting ARISE Academy officials said they had begun to implement student recruitment strategies in order to meet this year’s enrollment target. ARISE is currently 25 students short of its target, after 14 students withdrew during the school’s two week closure to repair damages from Hurricane Isaac.
At the board’s first meeting of the new school year, ARISE Academy principal Andrew Shahan reported that he expects an 11 point increase in the school’s performance score when the state releases final figures in several weeks. Currently, the school’s performance score is 67.1, short of the state’s acceptable minimum of 75.
ARISE Academy’s administration wants to become a charter management organization and run an additional school, the board revealed at its monthly meeting, July 15. Principal Andrew Shahan said seeking the added challenge was motivated in part by the desire to give faculty the opportunity for continuing growth and professional advancement.
At the end of the 2012-2013 school year, ARISE Academy will temporarily move from its current location to allow for year-long renovations, according to an announcement from the board at its monthly board meeting in June. The school will be the sole occupant in its current space, currently shared with Drew Elementary, for the 2012-2013 school year, and ARISE will then move to the three-story, 23,000-square-foot St.
As it seeks extension and/or renewal of its type-5 charter, ARISE Academy has received a glowing initial assessment report from the Recovery School District’s Office of School Performance, ARISE board members learned at their monthly meeting, April 18. Present at the meeting, RSD’s deputy superintendent of portfolios Adam Hawf announced that his office finds Arise operations and financial records in compliance with state rules and no “immediate financial risk” going forward.
ARISE Academy, along with two other schools, will share a $250,000 grant from Baptist Community Ministries to implement arts integrated instruction across the entire school curriculum over the next three years, Principal Andrew Shahan said at the board’s monthly meeting, March 21. KID smART, working with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will create a program designed to increase “teaching artist time and embedded coaching” of classroom teachers.
Results from the first quarterly interim assessment tests shows that despite some progress, ARISE Academy Elementary Charter School students are still behind the state average in math and reading, the charter school’s board of directors learned at their October monthly meeting. Board Chair Jen Walcott called the board meeting into order at 6:36 p.m, Oct.