Oct 29, 2012

NEW ORLEANS - Mirroring the progress made in the dramatic increase in student achievement across the district, the transformation of the physical landscape of public schools continues at an incredible pace. Dedications of six new school buildings will take place over the next three weeks. These projects and others are guided by the School Facilities Master Plan for Orleans Parish, an unprecedented school construction program launched as a result of the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina. The $1.8 billion plan, approved in November 2008 by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Orleans Parish School Board, is the first major facilities plan for Orleans Parish schools since 1952.

Kicking off the series of celebrations is the event scheduled at the new Carter G. Woodson school building on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, from noon to 1:00pm. This facility is home of KIPP Central City Academy, which has students in 5th through 8th grade. "Our staff and students are honored to teach and learn in the new Carter G. Woodson. This building reminds students everyday that they are college bound. Woodson is a tribute to the community and we’re grateful for the Recovery School District’s tireless work to makes this facility a reality," said Rhonda Kalify-Aluise, executive director of KIPP New Orleans.

The dedication of the new Bienville school building, which is home of Arthur Ashe Elementary, which has students in Kindergarten to 8th grade will take place Wednesday, November 7, 2012, from 10:00am to 11:00am. And, the dedication of the new Parkview school building, which is home to Mary D. Coghill Elementary, which has Prekindergarten to 8th grade will take place on Thursday, November 8, 2012, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.

"We are thrilled to move into a world class educational facility right here in New Orleans. We are proud to have worked in partnership with the Recovery School District and the surrounding school community to make this project a reality" said Jay Altman, Co-Founder and CEO of FirstLine Schools which manages Arthur Ashe Elementary.

Dedication dates are being finalized for three additional buildings: the new Fannie C. Williams Elementary School; the new Crocker Elementary School, which is home to Crocker Arts & Technology Elementary and Encore Elementary School; and the Mildred Osborne school facility which is home to Pride College Prep.

These celebrations mark the 13th dedication of a new or completely renovated public school building in New Orleans since August 2009.

  • Tuesday, October 30, 2012 12:00 - 1:00 
    KIPP Central City Academy at Carter G. Woodson school building 
    2514 Third St. New Orleans, LA 70113
  • Wednesday, November 7, 2012 10:00 - 11:00am
    Arthur Ashe Charter School at Bienville school building
    1456 Gardena Drive New Orleans, LA 70122
  • Thursday, November 8, 2012 1:00 - 2:00
    Mary D. Coghill at Parkview school building
    4617 Mirabeau St. New Orleans, LA 70126

In speaking about the importance of the school buildings and renovations in our city, Superintendent Patrick Dobard said, "These state-of-the-art facilities provide an unprecedented opportunity for current and future generations of students in New Orleans to go to school in a great learning environment that prepares them for a successful future."

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