Thursday, 21 July 2011 17:03
Louisiana RSD Superintendent To Meet Abramson Parents On School Sex Case
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NEW ORLEANS - Recovery School District Superintendent (RSD) John White has assured parents of Abramson Science and Technology Charter School students that a school will operate on the Abramson campus and will open on the scheduled first day of school, August 10, 2011. However, Superintendent White said the school's operator will not be the same if the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) revokes the organization's charter.


"The goal should be to minimize disruptions for our students. Although there are still many unknowns, we are working to ensure that we have a school operating on this campus and that children can remain enrolled if parents wish," Superintendent White said.


"At the same time, the RSD will work to assist individual families who are seeking to enroll their children in other schools," he said.

Superintendent White will hold a second Abramson parent meeting today, Thursday July 21, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Sarah T. Reed Elementary School, adjacent to the Abramson campus. This is the second of two meetings the Superintendent is holding with Abramson parents this week. Parents were informed of the meetings through letters and phone calls earlier this week.


On Wednesday, July 27, 2011, Superintendent White will meet again with parents to provide details on the plan for the school going forward. The meeting will take place in the Reed Elementary School cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.


Superintendent White is not discussing the nature of the pending investigation during these meetings.


The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) last week announced it was launching an investigation of the charter school, which is operated by the Pelican Foundation. The investigation follows reports of serious allegations against the school.

Abramson, which serves almost 600 students, opened in the 2007-2008 school year.

The RSD is in the process of collecting enrollment information from RSD direct-run and charter schools. This information will be used to provide options for Abramson parents seeking to enroll elsewhere. Request for Enrollment Information forms will be available at the parent meetings. Parents seeking help in selecting a new school can also visit any of the RSD's newly-opened Parent-Family Resource Centers to learn more about their school options.  These centers are:


  • New Orleans East: Sarah T. Reed High School, 5316 Michoud Boulevard, (504) 308-3561
  • West Bank: L.B. Landry High School, 1200 L.B. Landry Ave., (504) 308-3627
  • Uptown: Walter L. Cohen High School, 3520 Dryades Street, (504) 308-3563
  • Desire Area: George W. Carver Elementary School, 3059 Higgins Boulevard (enter at Almonaster), (504) 308-3562

The centers operate from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Parents also may contact the RSD's toll-free hotline by calling 877-343-4773.


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