Lycée board violated open meetings laws in ousting principal

For days before the charter school board voted to accept the resignation of principal Jill Otis, board members emailed back and forth about how they could force her out. Board president Jean Montes acknowledges that the discussions violated public meetings law but said the board dealt with the problem in a subsequent executive session.

Despite lack of quorum, board meets in executive session

Though FirstLine Schools’ Board of Directors didn’t have a quorum Wednesday, they voted to go into executive session. The members asked everyone to leave while they met privately for a half-hour, saying only that they were going to talk about “personnel issues.”

Audit: Ex-Lycee chief paid nearly $30,000 without board vote

After a budget overhaul and a change in principals, Lycee Francais’ board of directors probably could have anticipated the blemished audit they received at their monthly meeting Monday. Though many of the issues resulted from policies and procedures that, according to the audit, have since been improved, the financial analysis revealed several shortcomings, including the school’s payment — without a formal contract or board approval — of $29,878 to former Principal Jill Otis for three months after she resigned in April.

Lycée board shuts press out of meeting with parents

Board members at the embattled Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans Charter School Monday closed the doors to “anybody who is not connected with the family” of the school as they met for two hours with parents in what they insisted was not a public meeting. The closed-door session involving three board members and about 30 parents followed a 45-minute, open meeting during which board members voted 6-0, with little discussion, to approve hiring Gisele Schexnider as interim CEO and academic director for the troubled school.

Choice Foundation investigated cheating accusation at Lafayette Academy

Officials at Lafayette Academy charter school, whose academic scores have more than doubled in the past five years, acknowledged investigating a cheating allegation on the state’s annual standardized test earlier this year, but decided it was unsubstantiated. It’s hard to know what happened, however, because the school board has refused to provide details.

Public in the dark about cheating accusation at Lafayette Academy

Officials at Lafayette Academy charter school, whose academic scores have more than doubled in the past five years, acknowledged investigating a cheating allegation on the state’s annual standardized test earlier this year, but decided it was unsubstantiated. It’s hard to know what happened, however, because the school board has refused to provide details.