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Recovery School District March 2006. RSD Legislation of the 2005 Extraordinary Session of the Legislature (R.S. 17:10.7). Transfer of Schools Below the State Average School Performance Score. Orleans Parish School Board. 13 with School Performance Scores above the state average

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rsd legislation of the 2005 extraordinary session of the legislature r s 17 10 7

RSD Legislation of the 2005 Extraordinary Session of the Legislature (R.S. 17:10.7)

Transfer of Schools Below the State Average School Performance Score

orleans parish school board
Orleans Parish School Board
  • 13 with School Performance Scores above the state average
    • 4 open – OPSB operated
      • Ben Franklin Elementary, Bethune Elementary, McMains High, McDonogh 35 High
    • 6 chartered
      • 5 open - Karr High, Harte Elem, Audubon Montessori, Lusher K-12, Ben Franklin High
      • 1 needs alternate facility – Lake Forest Montessori
    • 3 remaining in need of alternate facility
      • Easton High, Moton Elem, Hynes Elem
  • 3 Alternative Schools
    • 1 chartered and open in alternate facility
      • NO Science and Math High School
    • Juvenile Alternative School
    • New Orleans Center for Health Careers - needs alternate facility
  • 16 schools total
  • Orleans also has other facilities that could be used for alternate sites for these schools or for other services.
recovery school district
Recovery School District
  • 101 schools with School Performance Scores below the state average
  • 6 Option 1 Alternative Schools
  • 5 Existing Type 5 Charters
    • Capdau
    • Nelson
    • Phillips
    • Wright
    • Green
  • 112 schools total
new orleans schools
New Orleans Schools

*School transferred to RSD by Act 35 and will be reviewed to transition to Type 5 charter in RSD for 2006-07.

louisiana think tank
Louisiana Think Tank
  • Sponsored by Education Trust, Broad Foundation and Gates Foundation
  • Brought together national experts on innovative methods for educating students in urban school systems
  • Focused on how to deliver/provide structures for schools in the Recovery School District
    • Don’t rebuild the past
    • Ensure Rigorous Content
    • High Standards and Expectations
    • Provide needed support services including mental health/counseling, extended day, school-based health clinic
    • High Quality staff with a track record of success in urban settings
    • High Quality school operators with a track record of success in urban settings
critical elements of the rsd vision
Critical Elements of the RSD Vision
  • Equal Access to Top Quality Educational Opportunities for Every Child in New Orleans
  • Caring, qualified teachers, school leaders, and school operators with record of success
  • Focus on high quality teaching and learning
  • Success for all students
    • Academic
    • Emotional
    • Social
  • Community Engagement
  • Accountability at all levels
phase i a

Phase I - A

Meeting Immediate Needs for Children by Opening Schools


Ensuring Adequate Capacity for

Spring 2006

addressing immediate needs
Addressing Immediate Needs
  • 20 schools are open as of March 17, 2006
    • 4 OPSB operated
      • 2 elementary (K-6) – capacity = 809 (Ben Franklin Elem, Bethune Elem)
      • 2 middle/high (7-12) – capacity = 1800 (McMain, Mc 35)
    • 10 OPSB charters
      • 5 elementary (K-8) – capacity = 2851 (Audubon, Behrman, Eisenhower, Harte, Singleton)
      • 1 elementary/high (K-10) – capacity = 800 (Lusher)
      • 4 high schools (9-12) – capacity = 2237 (Karr, Walker, NO Science and Math, Ben Franklin High)
    • 3 Recovery School District
      • 2 elementary (K-8) – capacity = 652 (Capdau, Nelson)
      • 2 middle (4-8) – capacity = 698 (Wright, Green)
    • 2 Type 2 Charter schools
      • 1 K-8 – Capacity = 340 (Milestone/SABIS)
      • 1 K-5 – Capacity = 163 (International School of Louisiana)
    • Total Capacity = 10,318
factors affecting capacity
Factors Affecting Capacity
  • Original capacity projections were based on 25:1 and higher student to teacher ratios
  • School operators, including OPSB and charters, have adjusted capacity numbers to provide for:
    • High percentage of special needs students
    • Varying levels of ability of students
    • Individual student differences in school enrollment since Hurricane Katrina
    • Mental health concerns due to traumatic experiences associated with hurricane and evacuation
k 8 projections and capacity spring 2006
K-8 Projections and Capacity (Spring 2006)
  • Based on current projections, we will have a projected need for:
    • 42 seats by March 1, 2006
    • 685 seats by April 1, 2006
k 8 projections and capacity spring 20061
K-8 Projections and Capacity (Spring 2006)
  • Based on current projections, we will have a projected need for:
    • 796 seats by March 1, 2006
    • 1101 seats by April 1, 2006
9 12 projections and capacity spring 2006
9-12 Projections and Capacity(Spring 2006)
  • Based on current projections, we will have a projected need for:
    • 392 seats by March 1, 2006
    • 560 seats by April 1, 2006
9 12 projections and capacity spring 20061
9-12 Projections and Capacity(Spring 2006)
  • Based on current projections, we will have adequate seats for high school students on the West Bank through April 2006.
additional schools opening by april 18 2006
Additional Schools Opening by April 18, 2006
  • 1 ACSA Charter - March 30th
    • Fischer Elementary – Capacity = 650
  • 3 RSD operated schools – April 18th
    • Clark High School – Capacity = 600
    • Banneker Elementary – Capacity = 400
    • Craig Elementary – Capacity = min. 400
  • 1 OPSB charter – opening date TBA
    • Lake Forest Montessori – Capacity = 200
  • It is critical to balance need for additional schools with financial resources to support these schools. We have an obligation to ensure the financial stability of these schools and the districts.
current planning activities for opening new schools
Current Planning Activities for Opening New Schools
  • Small team of Distinguished Educators and LDE staff are working on plans for these schools:
    • Instructional Model
      • High School Redesign elements in High School
      • Literacy Plan in all schools
      • Model Classroom specs for FEMA replacement and set up of classrooms
      • Positive Behavior Support
    • Additional Services
      • School-based Health Clinics
      • Mental Health Services – Project SERV grant
additional planning areas
Additional Planning Areas
  • Staffing
    • Principal and Assistant Principal selection process is being conducted now –
      • ~ 40 principal applicants and ~30 assistant principal applicants
    • Teacher Applications being accepted now through TeachLouisiana –
      • ~ 250 applications received since Friday, March 10th
  • Salary Schedule
    • Reviewing surrounding school districts and charter schools
    • Includes differentiation by years experience and degrees
    • Incorporates performance-based compensation
  • Transportation, Food Service, Security
    • Working with appropriate LDE staff to secure contracts for these services
  • School Site Preparation
    • Working with Alvarez and Marsal on identifying sites and getting repairs done
    • Inventory of current equipment and materials in buildings
outreach to parents and community
Outreach to Parents and Community
  • Press release and radio announcements providing LDE website and 800 number for more information
  • Launched website on Feb. 7th for parents to register on regarding their timeline for returning to New Orleans and need for schools
  • Working with LRA Housing Task Force to provide flyers with information on LDE website and 800 number to individuals receiving trailers
  • LDE website includes list of all schools available in Orleans Parish regardless of school operator
phase ii

Phase II

2006-2007 School Year

ensuring quality schools
Ensuring Quality Schools

Consultant – National Association of Charter School Authorizers

  • Evaluation of Type 5 Charter Applications by qualified reviewers with national expertise
  • Identification and recruitment of high quality local and national school operators to apply for charter schools in New Orleans
  • Assist in determining requirements, processes, and system for:
    • Student information systems
    • Attendance reporting
    • Student discipline (including suspensions and expulsions)
    • Special education
    • Student records
    • Payments to schools
    • Budgets and financial reports, audits
    • Emergency procedures
    • Health and safety
    • Training for governing boards
  • Develop and administer Pre-Opening Checklist for all schools
  • Establish appropriate rigorous accountability goals for new schools
population estimates and identification of temporary school sites
Population Estimates and Identification of Temporary School Sites
  • Worked with demographer to update student population estimates
  • Worked with FEMA and Alvarez and Marsal to define list of 56 proposed facilities (including currently open schools) to meet 2007 demand
  • Have presented FEMA with a white paper to justify repair of these schools as Category B Temporary repairs based on:
    • Inability to do long-range planning now
    • Need for temporary facilities until long-range plan is developed
    • Cost effectiveness of this option over portable buildings or alternate space
shared services provider
Shared Services Provider
  • Critical for every school (OPSB, RSD, and Charters) to be successful and provide a high quality education for all students.
  • All Schools will need support in many critical areas, such as:
    • Recruiting and screening pool of potential school leaders and teachers
    • Providing back office support services – financial management, transportation, food service
  • LDE is working with several foundations and state charter school association to establish a non-profit shared services organization to support schools
    • All schools will be able to use services if they wish, but will not be required to do so
    • RSD will provide some services for its schools – common IT system, special education services such as Child Find and Pupil Appraisal
  • Several states/cities have implemented a variety of shared services models to provide support for schools and reduce size and cost of district central office
    • Philadelphia, Oakland, New York
master plan due by may 31 2006
Master Plan due by May 31, 2006
  • Challenges:
    • Assessing and Repairing Buildings for immediate return of students
    • Ensuring adequate finances to pay for repairs
      • 10% match for permanent repairs
        • Estimated at $55 million
      • OPSB facilities were underinsured
        • FEMA reimbursements will be reduced due to this
        • Gap between FEMA’s expectation for proper insurance and actual insurance is $165 million
      • OPSB facilities did not meet fire marshal and other building codes pre-Katrina
        • Cost to bring buildings up to code $52 million
        • Additional costs will be incurred based on changes to building code per FEMA requirements
      • FEMA operates on a reimbursement basis
      • OPSB was near bankruptcy pre-Katrina and had just gone to Bond Commission for $50 million loan
      • OPSB struggling with Pre- & Post-Katrina issues
        • Huge Debt
        • Audit Findings
        • Insurance and Employee Benefit Issues
  • Short-term plan must take care of immediate needs of educating children and providing for families who return to the city Recruiting high quality school operators quickly
  • Recruiting high quality school leaders
  • Recruiting high quality teachers
  • Ensuring adequate housing for school personnel
phase iii

Phase III

Long Term Plan

Beyond the 2006-07 School Year

securing expertise to assist with development of long term master plan
Securing Expertise to Assist with Development of Long-term Master Plan
  • Bring New Orleans Back Education Task Force
  • New Orleans Demographers/City Planners
  • Greater New Orleans Education Foundation
  • Louisiana Recovery Authority
  • Louisiana Recovery Authority Education Task Force
long term planning
Long-term Planning
  • By May 2006, the first phase of a plan will be developed that will serve as the roadmap for educational planning in New Orleans
  • Plan will include input from RSD Advisory Committee, LRA, LRA Education Task Force; BNOB Education Task Force
  • Community meetings will be held to provide information to the community and gain their input
  • Community input will be used to develop long range master plan for school facilities
  • RSD Advisory Committee will continue to serve through implementation phase of plan
  • Plan will need to provide flexibility as data on repopulation becomes more stable and as decisions are made by city, state, and federal government on building codes and repopulation of certain areas
community input
Community Input
  • Currently meeting with community groups as requested
  • Need to either engage in existing processes that communities have in place or develop a process that will include input from all segments of community
  • Must ensure that our process meets FEMA requirements for environmental justice and community outreach
  • Gathering Data and Information to make decisions
    • All of the necessary pieces of information are not yet available including:
      • How many people will return?
      • To what areas of the city?
      • Where will temporary housing be placed?
      • Where will permanent housing be built?
      • Will building codes change that will impact use of or building of schools in certain areas?
      • How quickly will contractors be able to respond to the building needs both for infrastructure and individual housing in New Orleans?
  • Decisions of other entities will impact the plan for the Recovery School District
  • Buildings and facilities that can be repaired and used quickly to address short-term plan needs may not be part of long-term plan once information is available regarding stable student population in each area of the city
  • Goal is to build schools that are centers of the community and that can be built in cooperation with the city and other agencies to serve multiple purposes
  • Funding
available funding
Available Funding
  • Hurricane Education Relief Aid
    • Displaced Student funds
      • Up to $6,000 per regular education student and $7,500 per special education student
      • Paid quarterly based on displaced student’s enrollment in school on specific date each quarter
    • Restart funds – Initial allocation
      • OPSB - $7,468,946
      • RSD - $27,129,384
  • Federal Charter School Grant - $20.9 million total statewide
  • Minimum Foundation Program
  • Local Revenue
  • NCLB and IDEA Federal Allocations
  • Foundation Donations

Shared Services Provider

(Financial Management, Transportation, Food Services, Recruitment, Retention, Professional Development, etc.)