Mar 28, 2012

NEW ORLEANS – Seven local community members, representing a cross section of business and industry, have been selected to serve on the Blue Ribbon Commission. The commission, which was included as a part of the revised School Facilities Master Plan, is charged with working with the Recovery School District (RSD) and Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) to create a strategic plan that will include recommendations on long-term capital investment and maintenance strategies for New Orleans public schools.

“We are appreciative to all of the commission members for dedicating their time and technical expertise to help lead this critical effort,” said RSD Superintendent Patrick Dobard. “All of our students and schools will reap the benefits of the recommendations that will be made to not only improve school facilities in New Orleans, but in ensuring they are well maintained.”

“The commission has a wonderful and timely opportunity to help us develop a comprehensive plan that will help maintain the condition of buildings and ensure a safe and secure environment,” said OPSB Superintendent Darryl Kilbert. “This will take us one step further in fully implementing the Facilities Master Plan for all New Orleans schools.”

The commission will specifically make suggestions to ensure that ongoing capital investments are in place to provide for future capital improvements, maintenance, building replacements, renovations and new school construction. Additionally, the commission will provide strategy for the ongoing right-sizing of school facilities to guard against under or over capacity of facilities.

No RSD staff members, OPSB staff members, or public officials will sit on the commission.

Commission members include:

  • Maureen Clary, Corporate Realty
  • Paul Flower, Woodward Design Build
  • Charline Gipson, Davillier Law Group
  • Todd Francis, FFC Capital
  • Elie Khoury, KFK Group
  • Greg Rattler, JP Morgan Chase
  • Tim Ryan, retired UNO President

The Blue Ribbon Commission will meet monthly. Recommendations from the commission will be released this summer.