A week after submitting a more than 250-page charter application to the Lafayette Parish School Board, a Lafayette non-profit will make its pitch to the board Wednesday evening for opening a public charter school in north Lafayette for the 2010-2011 school year.
Outreach Community Development Corporation — a group of educators and community members concerned about what they consider substandard education in four northside schools — wants to use N.P. Moss Middle as the site for the proposed Harvest Preparatory Academy. That facet of the pitch is already complicated by the fact that the Baton Rouge planning firm hired to help the school system devise a comprehensive facilities master plan has already recommended that Moss be used for a public technical high school. Moreover, several school board members have already expressed their opposition to another public charter opening in Lafayette, citing a siphoning of resources away from traditional public schools.
OCDC Executive Director Tiffanie Lewis told The Independent late last month that the plan is for Harvest Prep to accept 90 students in grades 5, 6 and 7 and to increase one grade level per year until it reaches 600 students in grades 5 through 12. HPA will accept students who currently attend J.W. Faulk and Alice Boucher elementaries, N.P. Moss Middle and Northside High.
Lewis also told The Independent that if the LPSB declines to approve the charter application, OCDC is prepared to go straight to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for approval.
For more on OCDC’s vision for the school, see our Nov. 4 article.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.