Einstein Charter School’s preliminary 2014-15 budget was set to increase by $1.2 million from last year* as directors convened May 20 to discuss the spending plan. The hearing took place at the school’s main campus, 5100 Cannes St., and was open to the public.
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.
New Schools for New Orleans announced Tuesday that Einstein Group, Inc. will receive $1 million from the federal government to turn around an academically failing school next year. At the behest of Recovery School District officials, Einstein is taking over Intercultural Charter School, an F-rated school currently serving 425 students.
The Einstein Charter Academy board is poised to ask the Orleans Parish School Board to amend its charter so that it can expand to operate two schools. Without naming the school they hope to begin operating, the board of directors on Wednesday approved asking permission to add another school site to their charter in order to serve up to 900 students.
Eliminating seven staff positions will bring the budget for the current year into the black, chief financial officer Tom Slager advised the Intercultural Charter School board at its monthly meeting on Monday night. Intercultural’s projected budget was based on an enrollment 34 students higher than turned up.
As the board of directors gathered for their monthly meeting, Sept. 17, a review of financial challenges facing Intercultural Charter School was leavened by a look ahead to upcoming events, including an open house, the school’s lantern contest, and the Latino Festival.
Intercultural’s financial woes once again dominated the agenda at the monthly board meeting, as board members and school administrators discussed ways to remedy a steady stream of facility costs. Seven years of constant repairs and maintenance at the schools current, albeit temporary, facility, have taken a toll on school expenses, the board said.
Principal Dayphne Burnett lobbed a few criticisms at the board as it announced the end of her tenure Intercultural Charter. The board’s monthly meeting, May 24, also featured a half-hour presentation on the charter renewal process from Adam Hawf, the Recovery School District’s deputy superintendent of portfolios.
Directors of Intercultural Charter School were advised at their April meeting that individual financial disclosure forms must be delivered to the Louisiana Board of Ethics by May 15. Board member Tap Bui reported on attending a luncheon at which John White, the state’s superintendent of education, discussed his newly inaugurated Louisiana Believes program.
At February’s monthly meeting of Intercultural Charter’s board of directors, six members reported on training they received recently from the Louisiana Charter School Association. Member Larry Boudin called the training informative, particularly as regards the guidance board members should provide to the charter schools they serve.
The Intercultural Charter School’s education and financial plans have been approved by both the Recovery School District and the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, ICS board members learned at their Jan. 19 monthly meeting.
Intercultural Charter School should learn within two months whether the state school board will allow it to continue operating with the current board, whether the state will take it over or whether it will close, the board learned recently. Board member Alvaro Alcazar explained at the Nov.