The New Orleans Charter Schools Foundation is close to choosing a charter management organization to take over McDonogh City Park Academy in the coming school year. The two finalists, Crescent City Schools and ReNEW Schools, made presentations to the board at its monthly meeting, March 18.
Six-year-old Shaud Wilson was killed last week trying to cross Paris Avenue to get to his bus stop. Around New Orleans, it’s not uncommon for children to wait for their buses along multi-lane roads, including some of the city’s busiest streets.
The school’s financial records are clean and there’s money in the bank, but administrators need to keep an eye on test scores. That was the gist of an audit presented to the board of McDonogh City Park Academy Tuesday night by Don Wheat, a certified public accountant with Carr, Riggs and Ingram.
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 federal No Child Left Behind law mandates that children at failing schools are given the opportunity to attend better ones. But more than seven years into the New Orleans choice experiment, schools are so academically anemic that the transfer options aren’t much better — and in some cases, they’re just as bad.
The McDonogh City Park Academy board of directors held a closed-door meeting last week to discuss the status of a public records request they said was sent by a local teachers union to every school in the city.
McDonogh City Park Academy leaders plan to tighten security measures in the New Year in response to last month’s school shootings in Newtown, Conn. Keeanya Dupre, director of finance and operations for the elementary and middle school, said the school will use state money to hire a part-time security guard to man the front door and make rounds through the school.
Enrollment numbers came in much higher than expected at McDonogh City Park Academy, Principal Christine Mitchell announced at the board’s October 16 monthly meeting. The current enrollment of 420 marks the highest total since New Orleans Charter School Foundation took over the school, according to Mitchell.
At Tuesday’s monthly board meeting school leaders at McDonogh City Park Academy announced a new partnership with the Center for Restorative Approaches and the successful implementation of the Kickboard program. Kickboard is an online data-collection tool that helps teachers gather information about students’ academics and behavior. The program allows teachers to keep detailed digital records of each student, which are used to improve classroom instruction and inform weekly communications with parents.
With the projected student count rising from 395 to 452, McDonogh City Park Academy’s 2012-13 budget will rise accordingly, the board learned at its monthly meeting, July 17. More students means more expenses, but also more revenues; just how much more remains to be determined, finance director Keeanyu Dupre said. Dupre said the school was “working with the bare bones” when constructing a budget based on an enrollment of 395.
Revenues and expenses are expected to hold steady as McDonogh City Park Academy prepares for the 2012-13 school year. The school projects $4,155,180 in available funds and $4,071,986 in expenses for the year – a one percent drop in both categories compared with last year. The projections are based on a student count of 395, five fewer than the official count on Feb.
The McDonogh City Park Academy school board met May 15 to discuss the end of the school year and suggestions for improvements in 2012-13. With principal Christine Mitchell out of town, master teacher Sheila Hebert presented the school leader’s report.
Directors of McDonogh City Park Academy welcomed two new board members during their monthly meeting, April 17: Brittany Major and Monica Candal. Major recently moved back to New Orleans from Atlanta and works with the city in economic development.
On March 20, at the monthly meeting of McDonogh City Park Academy board of directors, the Children’s Bureau presented data they have collected over the past eight months while working with the school’s leadership to enhance the emotional well-being of students. Children’s Bureau president Paulette Carter led he presentation with Stacy Overstreet, a professor and co-director of Tulane’s School Psychology Program.
The monthly meeting of the McDonogh City Park Academy board, on Jan. 17, discussed interviews with potential new board members and the school’s recent acceptance into the Medicaid program before yielding to a disgruntled parent.
The group of disgruntled McDonogh City Park Academy teachers who attended last month’s board meeting to ask for help with student discipline seems to have been satisfied. As detailed at the board’s monthly meeting, Dec.