New Orleans schools continue to have a higher rate of plagiarism on standardized tests than the rest of the state. Two factors could be at play: There could be a greater pressure to succeed, and there are more low-scorers in big cities.
Expected revenue of $9.25 million for 2014-15 is 1.68 percent less than Warren Easton Charter High School is expecting to by the end of the fiscal year this year. But that’s mostly due to one-time infusions of per-pupil funding received after the 2013-14 budget was first drafted.
The charter organization that oversees Warren Easton Charter High School will hold a public hearing on June 18 to review the draft budget for the 2014-15 school year. The preliminary $9.2 million budget anticipates an enrollment of 930 students.
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.
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.
Warren Easton Charter Board President David J. Garland said the attention brought to the school by Sandra Bullock might have made it “the most famous high school in the United States,” at least at the moment.
Warren Easton’s board of directors hosted school board member-elect Sarah Newell Usdin at its board meeting Wednesday night. “I’d love to know when you’re going to replicate Warren Easton,” said Usdin.
The Warren Easton board of directors appears to have violated public meetings law at its October meeting, again revealing its ignorance of when it can and can’t exclude the public from its deliberations. This is the board’s fourth apparent violation of public meetings laws in a year.
Warren Easton’s board of directors voted to form an additional nonprofit in order to collect anonymous donations for the existing Warren Easton Charter Foundation. “There are many people who like to give, but don’t like to make it public,” said board president David Garland.
Warren Easton’s board of directors held an unscheduled executive session as they met Sept. 19; though state law allows a board to add items to an agenda, it also requires a board to give 24-hours’ notice of such closed-door meetings, and to cite the legal exception for the private gathering.
Warren Easton’s board meeting on August 15 began with the first of two executive sessions conducted that evening. The first session was a forty minute legal discussion regarding the new regulations of the Recovery School District and Orleans Parish School Board student expulsion process.
Warren Easton’s board of directors approved the school’s 2012-2013 budget and elected new officers at their monthly meeting, July 18. Financial officer Mike Greer reported a $278,443 surplus at the end of 2011-12 fiscal year. This was largely due to a $200,000 adjustment in state per-pupil funding. The board accepted the 2012-2013 budget on the recommendation of the finance committee, with no questions.
Warren Easton High School Financial officer Mike Greer said the school recorded an overall loss of $184,680 on the fiscal year. The school had $9.1 million in reserves at the end of May. President David Garland said Warren Easton is anticipating spending $200,000 on new textbooks for incoming ninth-graders.
Warren Easton has received an additional $237,000 in per-pupil state allocations, the school’s board of directors learned at their monthly meeting May 17
Financial officer Mike Greer said Warren Easton received the Minimum Foundation Program money after making final adjustments of the school’s enrollment. The board then accepted the financial report as submitted by the finance committee. The board went into executive session to discuss “payroll and personnel issues,” according to the meeting agenda.
The Warren Easton Board of Directors granted requests for funding from several groups at their monthly meeting, April 18. The board unanimously approved the dance team’s request for $3,000 to cover travel expenses to nationals in Florida. The team won the state competition and will compete in Orlando at the end of June.
Warren Easton’s board of directors adopted new bylaws and appointed a second assistant principal at a marathon monthly meeting, March 14. The board promoted administrative assistant Mervin Jackson to the job of second assistant principal.
Warren Easton Principal Alexina Medley ensured the school’s board of directors that students involved in a fight that stopped traffic on Canal Street last week were properly disciplined. The board also approved a much-needed additional bus route as they met Nov. 16.
Moving Warren Easton’s clinic toward a sustainable model was a chief topic of discussion at Warren Easton Charter Foundation’s finance committee meeting on Nov 16. Financial Officer Mike Greer estimates the school’s clinic, which is funded by the Warren Easton Charter Foundation, will cost $15,200 to run this year.