August Board Recap
August 24, 2018
Orleans Parish School Board Approves CEA for Safe Routes to School; Establishes Voter Registration for High School Students and Charter Board Governance Working Group
Warren Easton Teacher Honored as 2019 Louisiana High School Teacher of the Year
NEW ORLEANS – (Aug. 23, 2018) – At the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) board business meeting on Thursday, Aug. 23, the board voted to approve a Safe Routes to School Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA) with the City of New Orleans, High School Voter Registration as well as established a Charter Board Governance Working Group. Additionally this evening, the board honored Warren Easton Faculty member Stephen Goodly as the 2019 Louisiana High School Teacher of the Year.
OPSB Honors Warren Easton Teacher Named 2019 Louisiana High School Teacher of the Year
Warren Easton Senior High School teacher Mr. Stephen Goodly was named the 2019 Louisiana High School Teacher of the Year by the Louisiana Department of Education. The board honored Mr. Goodly at today’s board meeting for his outstanding achievement.
Board Approves Safe Routes to School Cooperative Agreement
Today, the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) approved a cooperative endeavor agreement with the City of New Orleans to increase safety for students going to and from school. The goal of the initiative is to identify troubled traffic corridors, develop guidelines to improve safety in those areas, develop a citywide school safety campaign, provide training to school crossing guards and evaluate additional infrastructure needs to support the safety of students.
OPSB Votes to Make Voter Registration Available to Students
The board adopted a resolution encouraging schools, under the jurisdiction of the OPSB, to make voter registration and voter education opportunities easily accessible to students.
Charter Board Governance Working Group Established
The OPSB voted to establish a Charter Board Governance Working Group to research and provide recommendations to the board regarding policies to strengthen charter board governance. The working group will also ensure that the governing boards of charter schools are properly trained.
Board Approves General Fund Transfer for OPSB Central Office
The board approved the allocation of money from a general fund balance reserve to the FY 2018-2019 general fund budget. This transfer will allow the OPSB to deliver all necessary supports and services to the Travis Hill Schools as well as the salaries for the family and community engagement team during 2019 Fiscal Year.
OPSB Approves General Fund Balance Transfer to McDonogh 35
At the recommendation of the Budget and Finance Committee, the OPSB voted to approve the creation of the McDonogh 35 Transition Fund to make funds available for additional supports for students at McDonogh 35 Senior High School. The approval will provide a fund to ensure that McDonogh 35 receives the necessary academic supports it needs.
Flood Insurance Renewed for Upcoming Fiscal Year
The board approved a number of budgetary items including the renewal of flood insurance for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
The OPSB currently oversees 78 public schools, including 75 charter schools, two direct-operated schools and a school with two educational programs for students in secure-care facilities. On July 1st, all New Orleans public schools were unified under the oversight of the locally-elected Orleans Parish School Board for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. Learn more about Unification here.