The biggest expenditures in 2015 will be aimed at rebuilding barrier islands and headlands and beginning the design and construction of sediment diversions, using money the state will receive from settlements from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Acknowledging that the new “direct supervision-style” lockup will be far too small to house the city’s current population of nearly 2,000 inmates, Sheriff Marlin Gusman said Wednesday that he will need to keep the lights on indefinitely at two existing jail buildings that had been slated to close after the opening of the new complex.

The staff and board have worked to avoid a fiscal cliff as their schools matured and one-time grants awarded in the charter’s start-up phase began to expire.

“Our business isn’t to raise a surplus, it’s to create a cash flow than can handle the unexpected,” treasurer Stephen Rosenthal said.

A long-delayed plan to create a new community center on Monroe Street in west Carrollton — now slated to be a new home for Hollygrove’s Trinity Christian Community — received a thumbs-up from the New Orleans City Planning Commission on Tuesday, and organizers say they now have the funding in line for the project to move forward.

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...