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 impending move to a new campus was a topic of discussion as directors of the Fannie C. Williams Charter School gathered for their monthly board meeting, Sept.18. Principal Kelly Batiste encouraged the board to hire professional movers when the school relocates in mid-October. She said she was concerned about liability if volunteers do the job and noted that the school lacks appropriate equipment, such as dollies.
Fannie C. Williams has received a combined total of over $300,000 in grants from the Public Charter School Program and the Walton Foundation, board members learned at their monthly meeting, April 10 . The school is also pursuing funding from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation as a participant in the foundation’s Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana program.