Orleans Parish School Board Meeting Recap – December, 2017

December 14, 2017

Board Business Meeting Recap, December 2017



NEW ORLEANS – (Dec. 14, 2017) — At the December Board Business Meeting the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) recognized the OPSB’s highest performing public schools, moved to approve a resolution for the release of a Request For Proposals (RFP) to conduct a review to transportation services for schools across the city, and approved a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA) to begin with the development of a new centralized facility for career and technical training programs for Orleans Parish students. Additionally, the Superintendent was proud to present the 2018 Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee as well as his recommendations on the special Fall Charter Applications.


New Members for the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council

Now in its second year, the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council announced its members for 2018. After receiving more than 100 applications, 39 students from 17 schools across the city in grades 8th – 12th were named to the council with 14 of them serving a second year. As part of the OPSB’s duty to engage and empower students, the Superintendent is excited to welcome this new class of councilmembers and will ensure multiple opportunities to have their voices heard are made available to them throughout the year. The council will serve as advisors to the Superintendent and OPSB staff on a number of key issues. They will participate in school transformations, provide feedback on the accountability framework for all schools in the district and offer insights into the daily needs and desires of their fellow classmates.


Schools Recognized For Academic Excellence in 2016-2017 School Year

Many OPSB public schools were recognized for their stellar academic performance this year at the Board Business Meeting. Alice M. Harte Charter School, Edna Karr High School, Warren Easton Charter High School, Edward Hynes Charter School, Audubon Charter School, Lake Forrest Charter School, Lusher Charter School and Benjamin Franklin High School received a letter grade of ‘A’ for the 2016-2017 school year and were recognized as Schools of Top Achievement. Warren Easton was also recognized as a Top Gains School. Additionally, several schools were recognized as Schools of Distinction, receiving a letter grade of ‘B’ for their academic performance. Those schools include New Orleans Charter Science & Mathematics High School, Bricolage Academy, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School and KIPP Renaissance High School.


Superintendent’s Recommendations For Fall Charter RFAs

The Superintendent gave his recommendations from the Special Fall Charter RFA to approve or deny the proposals for new charter schools and/or to transform existing charter schools helmed currently by other operators.

The recommendations are to approve the applications from Center for Resilience (Querncia), Significant Educators (Bethune Elementary), Legacy of Excellence (Benjamin Franklin Elementary), InspireNOLA Charter Schools and FirstLine Schools. The applications recommended for denials include Crescent City Schools, Young Audiences Charter Association and Lyceum Schools.

View a full presentation and next steps for applications on the OPSB website at: https://www.boarddocs.com/la/nops/Board.nsf/files/ATYUDG760ED6/$file/FINAL_ACCT_2017.12_Charter RFA Recommendations.pdf


Board Moves Forward with CEA for Centralized Career & Technical Education Training Facility

The OPSB approved the Property Committee’s recommendation to move forward with securing and beginning work on a site to house a career and technical education (CTE) training program and other educational programming for students in New Orleans. The Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA) between the School Board and the Recovery School District to renovate the facility at 1331 Kerlerec Street was approved.  The decision was lauded by Patrick Dobard, former Superintendent of the Recovery School District.

Board Approves Motion to Review Transportation Policy Across the City

Lastly, the administration adopted Resolution 62-17, which supports the engagement of a consultant to make well-researched, strategic policy reform recommendations to improve the experience of students and parents with school transportation and school enrollment. Over the last year the OPSB has heard from thousands of people from across the city via surveys, at town halls and at other meetings. Consistently, transportation has been a top issue of concern for community members and the OPSB has been working with experts, school leaders, bus companies and others to analyze and review the current system. Representatives from Step Up Louisiana and Choice Foundation championed the decision to move forward with this decision to conduct research on the transportation services throughout the city.


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