Oct 30, 2014

Organizations to Express Interest for Consideration by Community Stakeholder Working Group

NEW ORLEANS - The Recovery School District (RSD) today announced a request for applications from school organizations interested in operating a school at the Sarah T. Reed school campus. The fair and transparent application process is the result of a collaborative process with the Recovery School District, community organizations, and stakeholders in New Orleans East. The application reflects the desire of the New Orleans East community for a high-quality school at the Sarah T. Reed campus. The RSD developed the application together with community stakeholders and the process will lead to a joint decision with the RSD on a new school for the facility.

Since April, the RSD and a group of community representatives and key stakeholders have met regularly to engage in a school visioning process for the Reed facility. Representatives from New Orleans Public Schools (NOPS), Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association (VAYLA) New Orleans, Orleans Public Education Network, Stand for Children Louisiana, New Schools for New Orleans, the Village de L'est Improvement Association, and Vietnamese Initiatives in Economic Training (VIET) participated in the meetings. The release of the application is a result of the hard work done by this group to coalesce around a process and priorities for a school in the Reed school building.

"The RSD is excited to announce an application process to select a school organization that was developed with the New Orleans East community and represents the vision they hold for the Sarah T. Reed building," said Patrick Dobard, Superintendent of the Recovery School District. "This work is integral to RSD's vision of creating a system of autonomous schools that are both high-performing and responsive to family and community needs."

"We have worked in partnership with residents, parents, organizations, and the Recovery School District to develop a vision for education in our community," said Cyndi Nguyen, Executive Director of VIET. "We look forward to the work ahead to make this vision come to life."

Through the New Orleans East community school visioning meetings, the group developed a vision of a school for the Reed building focused on four priority areas. The stakeholder group prioritized intensive supports for at-risk populations, multiple pathways to high school graduation including career and technical education options, extra-curricular activities that foster whole-child development, and partnerships with parents and community stakeholders to support school and student success. Interested school organizations will be prioritized based on their commitment to these priorities.

"It's very important to the community to have a high-quality high school in the Reed building," said Myron Miller, VAYLA New Orleans representative and Reed Renaissance leader. "The ideas and values discussed in our community visioning meetings, along with the Student Blueprint report from 2012, will give school organizations a good foundation to support the students and their development."

Operators can submit a letter of interest and will have an opportunity to present their plans for the school to the community this December. Community members and RSD representatives will conduct tours of operators' current schools to learn more about what their selection would mean for the community. The RSD will announce the new school organization for the Reed school facility in February 2015, selected jointly with the stakeholder group. The new school will open in the building for the 2016-2017 school year.

School organizations with questions about the process can contact Dana Peterson at or 504-373-6200.


Reed High Facility Siting Application Process

October 30, 2014

Application Launch: Application materials are posted to the RSD website and emailed to potential operators.

November 14, 2014

Letter of Interest Due: Interested operators must email an official letter of interest to by 5 p.m. CST. The letter should express the organization’s intent to operate a school in the Reed High School facility beginning in 2016-2017 and may be signed by the organization’s CEO and/or board president.

December 2014
(Dates TBD)

Full Presentations: Potential operators will be invited to present their plans for the Reed facility to community and RSD representatives.

January 2015
(Dates TBD)

Site Visits: Community and RSD representatives will visit the existing schools of potential operators, as applicable.

By February 13, 2015

Notification: The RSD will notify potential operators of their final siting decision.

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