Schools run by the Orleans Parish School Board have been the top performers on standardized tests. That continued this year, but several charters in the Recovery School District inched past them. The challenge: Replicating what’s working.
French and Montessori Education Incorporated, the board that oversees Audubon Charter School, will hold a hearing on May 17 to discuss next year’s budget. Board members will convene at 10 a.m. to discuss the preliminary $7.5 million budget.
Currently, the preliminary budget shows a revenue gap of nearly $69,000.
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.
Parents and teachers at Audubon Charter School are awaiting word about when and if their upper grades will be moving out of the old Carrollton courthouse. Orleans Parish school officials are readying the old McDonogh 7 building, but say even that probably would be a temporary fix.
Audubon Charter School officials on Saturday were still feeling the sting. Two days earlier, an Orleans Parish School Board committee discussed whether to give the Henry W. Allen School building to Lusher Charter School.
The 19 minute F.A.M.E. Inc. board meeting this Saturday began with the Audubon Charter School’s Principal Janice Dupuy updating the board on her and Assistant Principal Dawn Collins’ recent attendance at the COMPASS School Leader Evaluator Training in Baton Rouge. The training program concentrated on the Common Core, a program that focuses on elevating expectations for student learning and teacher instruction.
As almost an afterthought to a quick meeting of Audubon Charter School’s F.A.M.E. board this past Saturday, it was announced that the permit for the disputed Broadway contract had been picked up by a contractor and cleared for continuation. An old custodial house on Audubon’s 428 Broadway campus had been mostly dismantled, but a civil complaint by the Upper Audubon Neighborhood Association had kept the structure from being moved and renovated. Construction is now scheduled to begin immediately.
At its meeting September 22, 2012, the F.A.M.E. board of Audubon Charter School approved the Orleans Parish School Board’s Office of Civil Rights Resolution. The OCRR mandates that every OPSB school must formally adopt the OCR’s procedural safeguards and grievance procedures.
Three of the first-floor restrooms at Audubon’s Carrollton Avenue campus will be renovated this summer and students will get new lockers, board members learned at their monthly meeting, May 26. The upgrades are long overdue, school officials said.
The leadership of Audubon Charter School will hold a public hearing on its proposed 2012-13 budget Saturday at 11:30 a.m., 719 S. Carrollton Ave., seeking input from parents and community members. Next year’s budget, which goes into effect July 1, is 2 percent higher than the current year, rising from $6.72 million to $6.84 million.
At their monthly meeting, Dec. 17, the board of Audubon Charter School — FAME — voted to induct new board members, re-instate French for 3-year-olds, establish an exploratory committee for a possible Audubon High School, and more.
The board of directors of the Audubon Charter School — formally, French and Montessori Education Inc. – met Sept. 17, from 10:18 to 11 a.m. Present from the start were board members the Rev. Cornelius Tilton, Carlos Zervigon, Olivier Brochenin, Gloria Bingmon, Timothy Jackson, Yvonne (Teddi) Locke, Miriam Maxwell, Robert D. Sloan, Jacqueline Smith and Kimberly Washington.
Students at Audubon Charter School will have a temporary home next year after all. The school is slated to move by January to the old Jean Gordon School site on Chatham Drive in Gentilly while its Broadway campus undergoes a $14 million renovation, expected to take two years.