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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.
Without enough members present to reach a quorum, the board of Edgar P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy met briefly Monday night to discuss teacher evaluations and space issues at the school. Principal Eileen Williams said that the school is working on an on-going teacher evaluation project comprised of fall and spring observations and student test scores.
Edgar P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy Principal Eileen Williams briefed the board about the school’s grade on Monday night during its regular meeting, telling members that the school gained 13.2 points to receive a baseline score of 71.2, a C on this year’s scale, she said. A baseline score averages the previous two years’ test scores and weighs in other factors such as attendance and dropout rates.
In a brief board meeting on Monday night, the finance committee reported that Edgar P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy ended the first quarter of the new school year $21,000 under budget. The surplus resulted from as yet unfilled staff positions and receipt of a unbudgeted grant of $6,000 to subsidize the salary of the school’s reading interventionist.
Edgar P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy has seen a 19 percent increase, from 58 to 69, in the number of students requiring special-education services, board members learned at their monthly meeting, Sept. 10.
The Spirit of Excellence Academy, which governs Edgar P. Harney Elementary, met briefly Monday night to discuss last minute preparations for the first day of school. Students will return to class on August 15.
Directors of Edgar P. Harney Elementary have approved a budget for 2012-13 that rises by 8 percent, board members disclosed at their budget hearing, July 30. The board laid out its projected budget at a public hearing on July 30 and then immediately approved it.
The board of E.P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Elementary met Monday night, June 18, to discuss the findings of their independent audit report, preformed by the firm of Roslyn J. Allen in Baton Rouge. Melvin Davis, a certified public accountant with the firm, noted four issues with the school’s financial reporting procedures including a lack of oversight in payroll processing, missing documentation for expenses made on the school’s credit card, and non-compliance with a state law governing school activity funds.
The E.P. Harney Spirit of Excellence school board held a quick and upbeat monthly meeting on March 5. In her CEO’s report, Eileen Williams updated the board on Harney happenings, including preparations for the upcoming LEAP/iLEAP tests.
With charter schools competing more and more vigorously for students, the Edgar P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy is moving forward with a marketing and advertising effort, the school’s board learned at its monthly meeting, Jan. 10.
The board of E.P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy held their first meeting of the academic year on September 12 at 6:20 p.m. Four of the seven board members were present: Jesse Hills Jr., Arthur Williams Jr., Ashton Ryan Jr., and board president Pastor Charles J. Southall III. Absentees were Gregory Mason, Kirk Reasonover and Clinton Smith Jr.