The board of New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy will meet Tuesday, May 20 at 7 pm to consider its annual budget for the 2014-15 school year, just after its regular board meeting at 6pm. The meeting will take place in the school’s new facility at 425 O’Bannon St.
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.
The background check for New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy only went back seven years and wasn’t as comprehensive as a similar service available from the state. Darrell Sims was once charged with stealing from a Terrebone school; now NOPD is investigating him for theft from the military academy.
As a specialized military charter requiring all of its students to enroll in the JROTC program, New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy would like to participate in Orleans Parish’s new OneApp centralized system, the school’s top two administrators said during the school’s Jan. 10 board meeting.
The Military and Maritime Academy’s leadership is concerned about discussions between the state and local Type 2 charters that could lead to mandatory use of the centralized OneApp enrollment process. At the board meeting Tuesday night, members discussed ways to avoid participating in the process.
The New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy could not reach a quorum at its monthly meeting Thursday night. Heavy traffic over the Crescent City Connection prevented two board members from reaching the school’s west bank campus.
The New Orleans Military/Maritime Academy on Thursday moved several steps closer to securing funding for the projected $14.1 million renovation and construction of a permanent facility in Algiers’ Federal City development. Gathered in a temporary site once intended to be a U.S. Navy hospital, seven members of the school’s board of directors voted unanimously to approve a series of resolutions that will allow them to tap into $18 million for land lease, construction and related administrative costs and legal fees.
At its monthly meeting, Aug. 23, the board of the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy approved plans to sell $11 million in bonds for the construction of its future home within Algiers’ Federal City development.
Plans to move to an interim site for the coming year have hit another snag as the several parties involved in the project wrangle over insurance costs, board members learned at their July meeting. Since the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy will be leasing only the first floor of the former U.S. Navy hospital in Federal City, its premium should be limited to $30,000, the academy’s commandant, Col.
Col. Bill Davis, New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy Commandant,
announced at the board’s June 13 meeting that the school had not
received word on when it might be able to move to the temporary
location where it plans to hold classes next year.
New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy is negotiating two leasing agreements with officials in Federal City. The school’s board discussed the potential arrangement, along with other matters, at its May meeting.
The New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy Board of Directors approved the school’s budget for next year on Thursday. The school expects to get $2.4 million in the 2012-13 school year, with about a million each coming from state and local per-student funding, and an additional $240,000 from a federal grant.
The monthly board meeting of the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy was canceled for lack of a quorum, but those present took questions from the floor. Bad weather had made for hazardous road conditions and only three members were present for the March 22 meeting.