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.
As its takeover of Pride College Prep looms, ARISE Academy’s board and school administrators met with Recovery School District officials to discuss facilities and operational/contractual questions at its monthly meeting, Jan. 16.
In their first meeting since the state leaders decided against extending Pride College Prep’s charter, board members overseeing the school grappled Monday with how exactly to turn the campus over to new management. When the Pride’s charter ends on June 30, 2013, the 330-student school will likely be taken over by ARISE Academy, Pride school leader Michael Richard told the board.
Pride College Prep expects revenues for the current year to fall short by $186,000, a deficit of about 5.5 percent in the school’s $3.4 million operating budget, board members learned at their monthly meeting on Tuesday. Finance director Simone Green said administrators will dip into savings to cover the shortfall, the first time in its four years the school has had to do so. She said maintenance of the new building and fewer-than-expected special-education students were principal causes of the revenue gap.
At its meeting on Tuesday September 11, the Pride College Prep board announced it had officially submitted its application for a charter extension. Though the school is still graded far below average, results from an internal Pride study and student Assessment Index (AI), based on standardized test scores, offered hope for improvement.
By Yomi Akinyemi, The Lens charter school reporter |
Pride College Prep’s finances are in excellent shape, according to the Recovery School District’s Office of School Performance. Now comes closer scrutiny of school facilities and services for students with disabilities, RSD officials Adam Hawf and Bayoji Akingbola told board members at their monthly meeting, May 8.
Pride College Prep’s impending move to eastern New Orleans was a focus of discussion at the board of directors’ monthly meeting, April 10. In other business, the board welcomed a prospective new member, Linda Launey.
The Pride College Prep board of directors attracted only two members to their monthly meeting on March 13. Five members constitute a quorum sufficient for the proceedings of such a meeting to be binding.
The state Department of Education today released the list of New Orleans schools eligible to participate in its voucher program. The program, called the Scholarships for Educational Excellence Program, has for the past three years offered low-income students from low-performing public schools the chance to attend the private school of their choice, with the state paying the bill for tuition and fees.
Two prospective members attended the Jan. 10 monthly meeting of the Pride College Prep board of directors: Sam Joel, director of research for Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and Gabriel Bordenave, the Recovery School District’s portfolio communications director.
Pride College Prep is discussing a possible move next fall to share the campus of the Mildred Osborne School, in eastern New Orleans. That was the word from Pride’s founder and school leader Michael Richard at the December meeting of the school’s board, of which he is an ex-officio member.
The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has recommended that Pride College Preparatory School move into the Mildred Osborn School in New Orleans East next fall. Building proposals were passed out at the charter school board’s monthly meeting, Nov.