October Board Recap
October 12, 2018
ORLEANS PARISH SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES ONEAPP GEOGRAPHIC PRIORITY AND ESTABLISHES AN EARLIEST PICK-UP TIME FOR SCHOOL BUSES
Early Childhood Working Group presents research findings to the board
NEW ORLEANS – (Oct. 11, 2018) – At the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) board business meeting on Thursday, Oct. 11, the school board approved an amendment to OneApp Geographic Priority. The board also voted to establish an earliest pick-up time for school bus transportation. Additionally, the Early Childhood Education Working Group presented strategies and research to the board, the OPSB voted the create an annual Juvenile Justice Week and the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings presented updates on the Travis Hill Schools.
OPSB approves amendment to OneApp Geographic Priority
The OPSB voted to approve an amendment that revises the OPSB’s standard community preferences in the OneApp process as follows:
- State law requires that at least 50 percent of seats be available to students citywide without being prioritized based on geography.
- Students living within a half mile radius of the school receive geographic priority for up to 25 percent of available seats.
- Students living within the previously approved geographic zones would receive geographic priority for the remaining seats reserved for geographic priority.
In recent months, the OPSB has engaged with operators and the Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council on potential changes to the geographic preference, in conjunction with the consideration of transportation policy changes. The OPSB also released a survey online to gather additional feedback on the proposal to provide geographic priority for up to 25 percent of available seats to students living with a half-mile radius of the school. The district administration shared this feedback at the September committee meeting, which is supportive of the proposed amendment.
The new geographic zone procedures will be implemented in the upcoming OneApp process that begins in Nov. 2018.
Early Childhood Education Working Group presents strategies and recommendations to OPSB
The Early Childhood Education Working Group presented localized research, strategies and findings on early childhood education within Orleans Parish to the board. During the OPSB May 2018 Board Business meeting, the board approved a resolution to establish a working group to research and provide recommendations for a strategy to expand access to high-quality early childhood education to families and children in Orleans Parish.
The Early Childhood Education Working Group provided suggested next steps for the OPSB:
- To partner with the local Lead Agency and position the OPSB as the lead coordinator in identifying and securing funding to expand access to high-quality early childhood education to children and families in Orleans Parish.
- For the Early Childhood Education Working Group to provide periodic updates to the OPSB on its development strategy no less than bi-annually.
- To create an initial, one-time, non-recurring investment to fund startup and capital expenses that complement the campaign to expand high-quality early childhood seats by local government agencies.
- To pursue, with local partners, a local revenue raising campaign (millage).
OPSB amends School Board Chartering Authority policy and establishes earliest pick-up time for schools
The OPSB approved an amendment that revised the Governing Board provisions to require authorizer-led governance training for new charter board members and chairpersons. The revised policy also includes transportation protocol for Orleans Parish Public Schools to establish 6:05 a.m. as the earliest pick-up time for school bus transportation.
In recent months, the OPSB has engaged with operators and the Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council on potential updates to the transportation policy in order to develop such a recommendation. Before the policy change, the OPSB released a survey online to gather additional feedback on the proposed earliest pick-up time of 6:05 a.m. and shared feedback at the Aug. 21st committee meeting, which is supportive of the proposed amendment.
OPSB creates annual Juvenile Justice Week
Today, the OPSB voted to create an annual Juvenile Justice Week. The inaugural week will be held from Oct. 22 to Oct. 26, 2018. The board is working to raise awareness surrounding youth who are entering the juvenile detention centers in Orleans Parish while also creating a unified effort to provide support those incarcerated youth.
Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings provides update on Travis Hill Schools
David Domenici, Executive Director of the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (CEEAS) provided an update on CEEAS’ work at the Travis Hill Schools at the Youth Study Center (YSC) and the Orleans Justice Center (OJC).
According to Domenici, the YSC’s long and short-term goals include creating therapeutic programming, preparing for the opening of a second wing to house 17-year olds and under that are currently held at the OJC as well as better tailoring instruction and educational programming for individual students. The short and long-term goals of the OCJ will be focused on serving all eligible 18 to 21-year olds in the Fall of 2019, supporting increased educational opportunities throughout the jail for older non-diploma-bound residents and opening a “School Tier.”
OPSB approves increase to maximum enrollment for Advocates for Academic Excellence in Education
The OPSB approved the amendment to the Operating Agreement between OSPB and Advocates for Academic Excellence in Education, Inc. to increase the authorized enrollment maximum from 800 to 1,000. This amendment will modify the maximum enrollment at Benjamin Franklin High School, a Type 3 charter school currently governed by Advocates for Academic Excellence in Education, to 1,000 students from the previous 800 students.
OPSB grants Collegiate Academies extension to open fifth school
The OPSB granted Collegiate Academies a 12-month extension to begin operations on the charter approved by the OPSB on May 18, 2017 to first serve students by the 2020-2021 school year. The extension will include district review of the operator’s Pre-Opening Plan, including any material changes in the applicant team. In the case of a material change in the applicant team, the district will conduct further due diligence and may reconsider the application.
OPSB awards bid for Asbestos Hazard Response Action at Rosenwald Elementary School
The OPSB accepted the bid meeting the specifications for the Asbestos Hazard Response Action at Rosenwald Elementary School from ARC Abatement I, LTD. in the amount of $1,296,772.
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.