Four others in the 10-school network were eligible, but move only would apply to Renaissance High.
Five charter organizations have meetings this week and could take up the issue.
Trained in counseling and special ed, the teachers know how to deal with kids in crisis.
Schools run by the Orleans Parish School Board have been the top performers on standardized tests. That continued this year, but several charters in the Recovery School District inched past them. The challenge: Replicating what's working.
“That’s the right thing for kids. That’s a bar we want to set for our kids. We want our kids to write like that; we want our kids to read like that, and we want them to understand math like that." — Todd Purvis
New financial controls urged by auditors will be fully implemented by June, board treasurer says.
The meeting starts at 6 p.m.
Algiers Charter Schools Association staff went on 19 trips over four years, including five out of state that cost $113,000. And new figures from KIPP New Orleans Schools show that it spent $133,000 on its trip to Las Vegas. All told, The Lens has added up $316,000 in travel for three charter organizations.
The board that governs KIPP New Orleans unanimously voted Dec. 19 not to switch four eligible schools from the Recovery School District to Orleans Parish School Board oversight.
Some charter leaders are wary of power shifts on an elected board. Others just don't like those in office now.
Several schools are eligible to return to Orleans Parish School Board oversight
About 185 of KIPP's 440 employees in New Orleans attended a national summit for KIPP staffers in Nevada. The trip cost substantially more than the $69,400 that Friends of King spent on a staff-wide retreat in Biloxi, Miss. But Kipp's nine schools all have money in the bank, while one of Friends of King's two schools posted a $1 million deficit.
Charter boards overseeing 17 schools must decide by the end of the year if they want to move from the Recovery School District to the Orleans Parish School Board. But there are still reasons for schools to stay put, such as funding issues and concerns about the management and leadership of the local school system.
Expert on charter boards points out potential pitfalls.
Schools group may get break on price if it keeps the South Robertson Street lot blight-free.
Organization may want to concentrate on New Orleans, CEO says.
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.
Board also discusses approval from state for additional charter schools.
Some students who have to travel across town, or across the river, must be at their stop before 6 a.m. Martin Berhman, located on the West Bank, starts picking up kids in eastern New Orleans at 5:42 a.m. Parents say they're willing to deal with early mornings in order to send their kids to better schools.
Now that the charter movement has matured in New Orleans, there are fewer opportunities to grow.
School starting dates vary throughout the month of August.
The organization’s leaders late last year warned of hitting a “fiscal cliff” as the school network’s startup funds run out at the end of this month.
Also, board members disagreed Thursday over when to hire a new CFO.
The state counts students on Oct. 1 and Feb. 1 to determine how much money to reimburse the school for student expenses.
As KIPP New Orleans Schools’ large, one-time grants begin to run out, the finance committee prepared its board for a renewed push in fundraising and a drive to build cash reserves for the future. “A significant non-recurring revenue phase out in the near term could lead us to our own fiscal cliff,” finance committee member Stephen Rosenthal said.
“What is OPSB (Orleans Parish School Board) going to promise us that these schools are going to say at the level they’re at now? I don’t think they’ll do a great job because they haven’t in the past,” Cindy Williams, parent of a KIPP student said at Thursday night’s meeting.
The agenda for the Nov. 29 board meeting of KIPP New Orleans has been released.
Lacking a quorum at Thursday night’s meeting, the KIPP board met with staff to review test scores, enrollment, and financial statements. By the letter grade system currently in place, KIPP Believe and KIPP Central City Academy scored B’s—two of only three B’s in the Recovery School District this year.
Review the agenda for the KIPP board meeting here.
From left, Martin Behrman, Arthur Ashe and KIPP Believe are three campuses that are likely to be eligible to return to the oversight of the Orleans Parish School Board, above. Photo by Jessica Williams
Several more independent charter school leaders soon will find themselves facing a question that several others, including Sophie B. Wright Charter School’s principal, have been grappling with for more than a year: Should we move back under the wing of the Orleans Parish School Board?
Lower than expected enrollment figures were revealed at the KIPP New Orleans board meeting August 16. They showed that, after the first week of classes, KIPP enrollment is four percent under the budgeted student count.
Review the KIPP Schools board meeting agenda here.
KIPP / Believe Charter School’s planned 2012-2013 budget can be viewed here. The June 21 board meeting agenda with a detailed PowerPoint presentation can be seen here.
KIPP’s board of directors met Thursday, June 21, to approve the budget for the 2012-2013 school year. With only a 1-percent budget surplus expected, increased revenues from fundraising, including $400,000 from new donors and $2.1 million in philanthropic gifts, will be crucial.
The proposed budget for KIPP New Orleans Schools shows an increase of about thirty percent in both revenue and expenses for the 2012-2013 school year over last year, with total costs reaching $32.3 million. The schools are relying on an increase in per-student funding from the state as enrollment grows from 2,400 to 3,200 students.
KIPP schools will discuss the planned budgets for six schools for the 2012-2013 school year at the June 21 board meeting from 5:30 – 7 p.m. You can download the agenda here.
By Jessica Williams, The Lens staff writer, and Kelsey Foster, charter school reporter |
One of the schools under the KIPP New Orleans brand is up for a contract extension this year. The school’s performance history, including a less-than-favorable 2011 financial review, was up for discussion at a recent board meeting.The state education department has deemed that one of the schools under the KIPP New Orleans brand needs extra fiscal monitoring.
View the KIPP board meeting agenda here.
The KIPP New Orleans school board met Feb. 9 to discuss school relocations and to prepare for their annual fundraiser luncheon.
The KIPP New Orleans School Board’s finance committee met Dec. 15 in an office on Prytania St.
The KIPP New Orleans school board, which manages six schools in New Orleans, held its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Oct.