Jul 18, 2011

NEW ORLEANS - The Recovery School District (RSD) will host two meetings this week for parents of students at Abramson Science and Technology Charter School. The meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 and 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2011 in the cafeteria of Sarah T. Reed Elementary School, 5552 Read Blvd. The Reed campus is located next to the Abramson campus.

In a letter mailed today, RSD Superintendent John White informed parents that the meetings will include information about school options, pending the outcome of an investigation by the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE).

"Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s):

As you may be aware, on Friday, July 15, the Louisiana Department of Education informed Abramson Science and Technology Charter School’s Board of Directors that the school has been placed on suspension pending the outcome of an investigation. This means that there is some uncertainty regarding how Abramson Science and Technology Charter School will operate going forward.

Pending the outcome of the investigation, we understand that you may be interested in learning about your enrollment options. If you choose to enroll your child in another school, you may maintain your child’s space at Abramson. The Recovery School District’s ("RSD") Parent Family Resource Centers are prepared to assist you in the event that you are interested in enrolling elsewhere while holding your space at Abramson."

For information about school options, parents may call the RSD’s Parent Centers at 1-877-343-4773 or visit one of the following locations weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:

  • Sarah T. Reed High School, 5316 Michoud Boulevard
  • L.B. Landry High School, 1200 L.B. Landry Avenue
  • Walter L. Cohen High School, 3520 Dryades Street
  • George W. Carver Elementary School, 3059 Higgins Boulevard (enter at Almonaster Boulevard)

Superintendent White noted that due to the pending investigation, information regarding the nature of the investigation will not be discussed during these meetings.

Abramson, which serves almost 600 students, opened in the 2007-2008 school year and is operated by the non-profit Pelican Educational Foundation.

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