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Plumbing contractors were digging up Edgar P. Harney elementary school’s lush front lawn on Willow Street Tuesday afternoon while a portable toilet trailer sat on the school’s blacktop playground along busy Claiborne Avenue. “The bathrooms aren’t working,” one of the workers told The Lens.
Orleans school district officials say that Harney, which the district took over from a charter operator, faces a $430,000 deficit. Federal funds allocated to its former charter board could close most of the gap. But the district can’t collect them.
Central City charter school allotted $1.2 million in budget adjustment. Ellison, who had previously been expected to be nominated for president, faced a backlash from civil rights groups over her statements on anti-discrimination policies that include LGBT protections.
The Orleans Parish school district plans to take over the embattled charter school next month and operate it through the spring. But the district is not guaranteeing it will retain the school’s current staff. Interviews started this week.