Donald Pate, who was on the the board for Lake Forest charter school, said he wanted to help out the school by selling dirt for a construction project. That would violate state ethics law. Although he said his company got $120,000, the state Ethics Board cleared him.
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.
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.
In her monthly “School Culture and Climate” updates, Principal Early showcases the numerous clubs and events that students are engaged in, on top of their already rigorous studies. She sees this as a necessary part of shaping well-rounded students.
The October 17th meeting of Lake Forest Elementary Charter School Board focused on the array of changes teachers face this year. Teachers have a new curriculum to implement, a new evaluation system, a slew of education bills in the legislature that might effect them and — according to Principal Mardele Early — a lot of concerns.
At the June 19 meeting, the board that runs the Lake Forest Elementary Charter School announced a budget for the 2012-2013 school year that looks quite similar to the 2011-2012 budget. This year’s expected budget of $4,033,921 anticipates a nearly $60,000 increase in additional instructional expenses, compared to 2011-2012.
The Lake Forest Elementary Charter School Board announced higher than expected LEAP and iLEAP scores at its June 19 board meeting, held immediately after its budget meeting. Principal Mardele Early pointed board members to the pages of detailed analysis in their packets, highlighting several exemplary scores.
Addressing Lake Forest Elementary’s board of directors at their monthly meeting, May 15, principal Mardele Early expressed frustration that results of the state’s standardized LEAP tests still weren’t available. They were scheduled for release on May 18, five day’s before the school’s last day of classes.
The Lake Forest Elementary Charter School’s board of directors met on March 13 to discuss the school’s culture. Principal Mardele Early stressed the school’s focus on community service as well as rigorous academics.
Principal Mardele Early used the Feb. 14 meeting of Lake Forest Elementary’s board of directors to urge close attention to a handout from the governor’s office detailing an agenda of possible school reforms. “You really need to read through it and see some of things that are being proposed by Governor Jindal,” Early said.