[Walter L. Cohen Alumni Association President James] Raby said he wants to know why the RSD is “hell-bent” on rebuilding Booker T. Washington on a contaminated site, and relocating the Cohen College Prep kids, as opposed to renovating or rebuilding Cohen on its current, uncontaminated site.

Raby argues that the Cohen site is also located in an area that is safer, quieter, and more suitable for a school.

The move could raise concerns from local officials in coastal parishes and from state authorities, who have at times criticized BP’s response.

Jefferson Parish Council Chairman Chris Roberts said additional cleanup will be needed as hurricanes and other weather events unearth more oil along the coast. Jefferson includes Grand Isle, which was affected by the spill.

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...