Einstein Charter School’s preliminary 2014-15 budget was set to increase by $1.2 million from last year* as directors convened May 20 to discuss the spending plan. The hearing took place at the school’s main campus, 5100 Cannes St., and was open to the public.
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 Schools for New Orleans announced Tuesday that Einstein Group, Inc. will receive $1 million from the federal government to turn around an academically failing school next year. At the behest of Recovery School District officials, Einstein is taking over Intercultural Charter School, an F-rated school currently serving 425 students.
The Einstein Charter Academy board is poised to ask the Orleans Parish School Board to amend its charter so that it can expand to operate two schools. Without naming the school they hope to begin operating, the board of directors on Wednesday approved asking permission to add another school site to their charter in order to serve up to 900 students.
Eliminating seven staff positions will bring the budget for the current year into the black, chief financial officer Tom Slager advised the Intercultural Charter School board at its monthly meeting on Monday night. Intercultural’s projected budget was based on an enrollment 34 students higher than turned up.
At an eleventh-hour meeting Sunday night in a coffee shop, Einstein’s board of directors approved a federal i3 grant application. Board members met at CC’s Coffee House on Esplanade Avenue to review the 28-page application, due the next day.
Einstein Charter School’s board of directors plan to meet again within the week to discuss the i3 grant. The board is applying for an i3 grant, which could give them the ability to take over a failing school next year.
THE EINSTEIN GROUP, INC.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 6:00 P.M.
Einstein Charter School
Village De L’est Community Bldg. 5100 Cannes Street, NOLA 70129
The Board of Trustees of the Einstein Group, Inc. (“Einstein”) will meet on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., at Einstein Charter School, Village De L’est Community Bldg., 5100 Cannes Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70129.
Einstein’s board of directors voted to apply for an i3 grant, which if awarded would allow the group to take over a failing school next year. The board approved a motion allowing Principal Shawn Toranto to hire a grant writer for up to $4,500 to write the i3 grant.
The agenda for tonight’s meeting is reprinted below:
THE EINSTEIN GROUP, INC.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 6:00 P.M.
Einstein Charter School Village De L’est Community Bldg. 5100 Cannes Street, NOLA 70129
The Board of Trustees of the Einstein Group, Inc. (“Einstein”) will meet on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., at Einstein Charter School, Village De L’est Community Bldg., 5100 Cannes Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70129.
As the board of directors gathered for their monthly meeting, Sept. 17, a review of financial challenges facing Intercultural Charter School was leavened by a look ahead to upcoming events, including an open house, the school’s lantern contest, and the Latino Festival.
Intercultural’s financial woes once again dominated the agenda at the monthly board meeting, as board members and school administrators discussed ways to remedy a steady stream of facility costs. Seven years of constant repairs and maintenance at the schools current, albeit temporary, facility, have taken a toll on school expenses, the board said.
The Einstein Charter School Board of Trustees approved the school’s budget for the upcoming school year at its monthly board meeting Tuesday night, July 11. The approved budget contained minor adjustments to expenses, mainly related to insurance costs.
There was no public comment at Einstein Charter Inc.’s public budget hearing Tuesday. Two members of the board of directors were present, along with the school’s principal Shawn Toranto and business manager Doug Guidry. Board members and staff sat from 5 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. to take public comment on the school’s preliminary budget, but no members of the public were present.
Principal Dayphne Burnett lobbed a few criticisms at the board as it announced the end of her tenure Intercultural Charter. The board’s monthly meeting, May 24, also featured a half-hour presentation on the charter renewal process from Adam Hawf, the Recovery School District’s deputy superintendent of portfolios.
Directors of Intercultural Charter School were advised at their April meeting that individual financial disclosure forms must be delivered to the Louisiana Board of Ethics by May 15. Board member Tap Bui reported on attending a luncheon at which John White, the state’s superintendent of education, discussed his newly inaugurated Louisiana Believes program.
Einstein’s board of directors elected a new vice president and discussed bylaw revisions and a new budget policy at their monthly meeting, April 3. The board nominated and elected member Ryan Bennett as vice president, he was not in attendance.
Einstein’s Charter School’s board of directors focused on a multi-year plan and bylaw revisions as they met on March 10 for a development retreat. A visit from principal Shawn Toranto kicked off the meeting. She addressed the board about the long-term goal of opening a high school. Toranto is concerned with the lack of high school seats in New Orleans East, near Einstein.
Einstein Charter School’s board of directors announced the resignation of former vice president Roland Doucette as they gathered March 6 for their monthly meeting. Doucette submitted his letter of resignation a day after spirited debate at February’s board meeting.
View the details and agenda items for tomorrow’s board meeting below:
THE EINSTEIN GROUP, INC. Einstein Charter School
BOARD MEETING Village De L’est Community Bldg
Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 6:00 P.M. 5100 Cannes Street, NOLA 70129
The Board of Trustees of the Einstein Group, Inc. (“Einstein”) will meet on Tuesday, March 6, 2011, at 6:00 p.m., at Einstein Charter School, Village De L’est Community Bldg, 5100 Cannes Street, New Orleans, Louisiana70129. AGENDA
At February’s monthly meeting of Intercultural Charter’s board of directors, six members reported on training they received recently from the Louisiana Charter School Association. Member Larry Boudin called the training informative, particularly as regards the guidance board members should provide to the charter schools they serve.
Einstein Charter’s board of directors has embraced a proposal for a new telecommunication service that is expected to save the school thousands of dollars, starting next fall. At the board’s monthly meeting, Feb.
The Intercultural Charter School’s education and financial plans have been approved by both the Recovery School District and the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, ICS board members learned at their Jan. 19 monthly meeting.
Intercultural Charter School should learn within two months whether the state school board will allow it to continue operating with the current board, whether the state will take it over or whether it will close, the board learned recently. Board member Alvaro Alcazar explained at the Nov.
The Einstein board found out ten minutes before their scheduled board meeting that member Ryan Bennet would not be able to make the meeting and therefore the board could not reach a quorum. After consulting their legal counsel the board decided to cancel the meeting.