1 ATTACHMENT 1 The Algiers Charter School Association ("ACSA") submits these revised applications to continue operation of Behrman Elementary School at 715 Opelousas Avenue, In New Orleans, Louisiana, With a Kindergarten through grade configuration. The ACSA proposes to continue to operate this school as a Type 5 charter with a capacity of approximately 650 students. The ACSA may explore the option of servicing Pre-Kindergarten students at this school.
2 ATTACHMENT 2 ACSA Board of Trustees Calvin W. Turner, Jr General De Gaulle, Suite 202 New Orleans, Louisiana Phone: Bio: Calvin W. Turner Jr. is the Vice President and Business Banking Product and Marketing Manager of Whitney National Bank, and an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Phoenix, New Orleans campus. A prominent member of the local business community, Mr. Turner is a lifelong resident of Algiers who, before joining Whitney bank, has held leadership positions with some of the nation's top organizations including Hibernia National Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank, and United Parcel Service, as well as owning and operating his own businesses. Mr. Turner is an alumnus of the New Orleans Public Schools and a graduate of the O. Perry Walker High School class of He also attended Peter S. Lawton Elementary School, and Martin Behrman and Edna Karr JUnior High Schools. CalVin Turner initially attended Xavier University after high school before completing his undergraduate studies at Concordia University In Wisconsin with a BA in Business Management and Communications. He received his Master of Public Administration degree from Troy State University. Cassandra Bookman 4480 General De Gaulle, Suite 202 New Orleans, LOUisiana Phone: Bio: Cassandra Bookman has over twenty years of experience in the field of SOCial work. She is currently employed by the Department of Social Services, Louisiana Rehabihtation Services as a Rehabilitation Employment Development Specialist. Cassandra has a Master's of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from University of North Texas, a Bachelors degree from Dillard University and completed training from Kennesaw State University as a Career Development Facilitator. She is a charter member of Gideon Christian Fellowship and prior to Katrina was actively involved in their crisis counseling program providing counseling services Ms. Bookman has been married to Thomas Bookman for the past 25 years and IS the mother of three daughters that have all attended Orleans parish public schools. Her youngest daughter is currently a student In an Algiers charter school. Ms. Bookman is currently a member of the Mayor's advisory council for citizens with disabilities and has chaired the greater New Orleans job bank and job fairs in the area for persons with disabilities. She has been active 10 educational and career development Issues for the past 15 years. "
3 Mark L. McNamara 4480 General De Gaulle, Suite 202 New Orleans, Louisiana Phone: Bio: Mark McNamara has been a resident of Algiers for the last five years. He is currently employed as an attorney With the firm of Frilot, Partridge, Kohnke and Clements, l.c. Shortly after completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Dallas, Mr. McNamara worked as a junior high school history and social studies teacher in Jackson, Mississippi. After deciding to pursue a career in law, Mr. McNamara returned to school, earning his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi. Upon graduation he joined the law firm of Phelps Dunbar as an associate working in the commercial litigation and business groups. In 2002 he joined Fnlot, Partridge, Kohnke and Clements, where he has worked since. Mr McNamara is a member of the New Orleans Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute. He also served on the Young Leadership Council's - Recreate New Orleans Committee, and has volunteered his time for several other worthy causes throughout New Orleans. Elsie Rose 4480 General De Gaulle, Suite 202 New Orleans, Louisiana Phone: Bio: Elsie Rose, a life member of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE), sits on the National Board of this organization. As a Board member, she chairs the Instruction and Instructional Support Committee and contnbutes to the Foundation. Mrs. Rose is also a founding member and past president of the Jefferson Alliance of Black School Educators and a former representative for the Southwest Region of NABSE. After 33 ~ years of service in the Jefferson Parish School System, Elsie retired as Title I Instructional Facilitator. During her tenure, she was an evaluator of teachers, an educational consultant, a summer school principal, a team leader for Title I School-wide Planners, a mathematics facilitator, and served on a Mathematics Standards Advisory Committee. Other professional associations include past board member of Communities in Schools, New Orleans, Inc., member of the American Federation of Teachers, and past president of the Greater New Orleans.council of Teachers of Mathematics. A lifelong resident of New Orleans, Louisiana and a graduate Orleans Pansh Public Schools, Mrs Rose is presently serving on the Algiers Charter School Board, and the advisory boards of the Disney Hand Teachers' Program and the National Teachers Hall of Fame.
4 Dr. Myles Seghers 4480 General De Gaulle, Suite 202 New Orleans, Louisiana Phone Bio: Dr. Myles Seghers received his M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Southeastern Louisiana Unfversity and his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of New Orleans, He is the Acting Dean of the Division of Humanities. Education, and Counseling at Our Lady of Holy Cross College. Prior to this position, he served the College as the Director of Student Teaching & Assistant Professor from , as Coordinator for the NCATE process & Associate Professorfrom and as the Director of Undergraduate Education and Certification -& Associate Professor from Dr. Seghers has also served the Office of Catholic Schools, Archdiocese of New Orleans, from , in a range Of administrative positions, including Associate Superintendent for Elementary Schools, Further, Dr. Seghers was the Principal of ArchbiShop Rummel Junior High School from He currently serves on the Jefferson CommunIty Charter School Board and is a past board member for the Kenner YMCA, New Orleans Goodwill Industry Board, St Louis Cathedral School Board, and the Crescent Academy School Board. Glenn Orgeron 4480 General De Gaulle, Suite 202 New Orleans, Louisiana Phone: Bio: Glenn Orgeron has been a resident of Algiers for over 15 years. Mr. Orgeron is a product of-the pllblk:' school system, having graduated from West Jefferson High School. Mr. Orgeron has earned a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from lsu and a Master of Laws in Intemational Law from George WashingtOn University. Currently Mr. Orgeron is employed as a partner with the firm of Kean, Miller, Hawthorne, D'Armond, McCowan, and Jarman. Glenn Orgeron has a long standing commitment to education, serving as a board member for st. Andrew the Apostle School, and the Dominican High School Parent Teacher Board, as well as serving on the 4th District Advisory Committee for the New Orleans Public Scfrools. Mr. Orgeron has volunteered his time on a number of civic and professional boards in an effort to develop Algiers into a community that New ()rteans can be proud of. His service on the Algiers Charter School Board is a continuation of his commitment. e,
5 OPSB Board Liaison Lourdes Moran 4480 General De Gaulle, Suite 202 New Orleans, Louisiana Phone: Blo: Lourdes Moran is married with three daughters. She and her family are residents of Algiers, where she has been actively involved in New Orleans public schools and numerous community and civic associations. She has been an involved parent, public school volunteer and chairperson of numerous fundl'alsing and event-planning committees. Mrs. Moran also currently serves as the representative for District 4 on the Orleans Parish School Board. Mrs. Moran has been president ofthe Algiers Franklin Parents, Inc., a two-term board member of the Plantation Athletic Club, and has also been active with the Kiwanis and Girl Scout organizations. She has over 20 years of accounting experience with multimillion dollar companies. Mrs. Moran is not currently serving on the ACSA Board, but the ACSA Board of Trustees recommends that she serve as a liaison from the Orleans Parish School Board Officers Dr Brian Riedlinger, CEO I Director of Instruction c/o Algiers Charter School Association 4480 General De Gaulle, Suite 202 New Orleans, Louisiana Phone: Carrie B. Stewart, Intenm Chief Operating Officer c/o Algiers Charter School Association 4480 General De Gaulle, SUite 202 New Orleans, Louisiana Phone: ' Enclosed In this attachment are the ACSA Board Agendas and Minutes from March 6, 2006 and March 17, 2006, that serve as notice that the Board reviewed and approved applications submitted for RSD schools. These documents also reflect that the Board has Identified the person with signature authority,-selected officers, Identified the CPA, and identified the Business Manager.
6 r PUBUC NOTICE ALGIERS CHARTER SCHOOL ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING Monday, March 6, 2006, 6:00 P.M. Our Lady of Holy Cross CoUege 4123 Woodland Drive New Orleans, LA The Board of Trustees of the Algiers Charter School Assocration, Inc. ("ACSA'') will meet on Monday, March 6,2006, at 6:00 pm., at Our Lady of Holy Cross College, 4123 Woodland Dnve, New Orleans, LA Question and Answers AGENDA CaU to Order RoBCaU Meditation Pledge of AUegiance Approval of Minntes of the January 31, 2006 Meeting 30 min. 5 min. DISCUSSION ITEMS: 1. Non-Academic Manager's Report (Alvarez & Marsal) 2. Director Riedlinger's Report 3. Discussion of Recovery School District Process, Application for Type 5 Charters and Planning for ACSA 5 min. 5 min. 10 min. ACTION ITEMS: 1. Louisiana State Board of Ethics action (discussion in executive session) Public Comment Specific to this agenda item 30 min. limit 2. Signatory Power to new CFO Public Comment specific to this agenda item 30 min. limit 3. Change in Bylaws Public Comment Specific to this agenda item 30 min. limit 4. APplication to liecovery School District for Type 5 Charters Including Selecting Officers and CPA, Business Manager and Contact Designations Public Comment Specific to this agenda item 30 min. liniit 5. Signatory Power to Director to Sign Type 5 Charter AppUcations PubUc Comment Specific to this agenda item 30 min. limit Setting of Next Meeting Adjournment
7 PUBLIC NOTICE ALGIERS CHARTER SCHOOL ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING Friday, March 17,2006,8:00 A.M. Our Lady of Holy Cross College 4123 Woodland Drive New Orleans, LA The Board of Trustees of the Algiers Charter School Association, Inc. ("ACSA") will meet on Friday, March 17, 2006, at 8:00 a.m., at Our Lady of Holy Cross College, 4123 Woodland Drive, New Orleans, LA AGENDA CALL TO ORDER ROLLCALL MEDITATION PLEDGEOFALLEGLANCE APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF THE MARCH 6, 2006 MEETING OLD BUSINESS 1. Update on Action by the Louisiana State Hoard of Ethics o Discnssion Item only 2. Amendment to ACSA Articles and Bylaws o Action Item-Public Comment 3. Approval of Application(s) to be submitted to the Recovery School District for Type 5 Charters for Murray Henderson Alternative School, Julius Rosenwald Elementary/Pre-K Center, Schwarz Alternate (New Tech) IDgh School, Paul B. Habans Elementary, McDonogh 32 Elementary, and Harriet R. Behrman Elementary o Approval of CPA and Business Manager o Authorization to Sign to Interim Director Riedlinger o Approval of Ethics & Conflict of Interest Potiey o Action Item-Public Comment 4. Election of ACSA Officers- President, President-Elect, Seeretary/Treasurer o Action Item-Pubtic Comment NEW BUSINESS: S. Approval of Extension of contract of Alvarez & Marsal to June 30 o Action Item- Public Comment 6. Approval of Extension of contract ofslc-dr. Riedlinger to June 30 o Action Item- Public Comment 7. Brief Update of Harte and Karr Enrollment Issue by Dr. Riedlinger o Discussion Item only SETTING OF NEXT MEETING Smin. 5 min. 10 min. 10 min. 15 min. 5 min. 5 min. 5 min. ADJOURNMENT
8 MINuTES OF THE ALGIERS CHARTER SCHOOL ASSOCIATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES Friday, March 17,2006,8:00 A.M. A meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Algiers Charter School Association, Inc. ("ACSA'') was held at Our Lady of Holy Cross College, 4123 Woodland Drive, New Orleans, LA The following Trustees were present: Lourdes Moran, President Elsie J. Rose Dr. Myles M. Seghers Cassandra Bookman Mark L. McNamara GlennP. Orgeron Absent: Calvin W. Turner, Jr. Also present were Carrie Stewart, Interim Operations Manager, Bob Fulton, ACSA Director of Finance, Interim Director Dr. Brian Riedlinger, and Curriculum Manager KeVin Guitterrez. The meeting was called to order at approximately 8:05 a.m. President Moran requested that counsel for ACSA, Lee C. Reid, act as Secretary of the Meeting and Parltamentarian. Mr. Reid called the roll, which was followed by the Meditation and the Pledge of Allegiance. Thereafter, the Minutes of the March 6, 2006 meeting were reviewed and a change was made to the location of the meeting. The minutes as amended were approved unanimously by the Trustees. The business agenda was then undertaken. Mr. Reid updated the Board on the -status of the request for advisory opiruon from the Louisiana State Board l)f Eth!cs. Mr. Reid reported that the Board of Ethics was extre:1nely supportive of the efforts of the ACSA. The Board of Ethics confirmed that the ACSA Board's proposed request that Ms. Moran serve as a non-voting liaison to the ACSA Board on behalf of the Orleans Parish School Board ("OPSB") did indeed comply with Louisiana ethics laws. In order to assume this role, Ms. Moran then announced her resignation from the Board. A formal request has been made to OPSB to have that body appoint Ms. Moran as a liaison to the Board. Counsel will keep the Board informed on developments. Several me:1nbers of the Board expressed their appreciation for Ms. Moran's service and their support for her re:1naj.mng as an advisor to the Board.
9 Due to Ms. Moran's resignation from the Board of Trustees, a motion was made by Ms. Rose and seconded by Ms. Bookman to elect Dr. Seghers to preside as Chair of the meeting in Ms. Moran's place The Board then moved to the Agenda's Action Items, and began with discussions relatmg to the approval of Amendments to the ACSA Articles of IncorporatIon and Bylaws. Each amendment was thoroughly discussed by the Board and approved unanimously. At the conclusion of the discussion, a motion to table discussion on the provision to stagger the terms of the ACSA Board members was made by Ms. Rose, seconded by Mr. McNamara and approved by the Board. A motion was then made by Mr. Orgeron and seconded by Ms. Rose to approve the proposed First Amended Articles of IncorporatIon and First Amended Bylaws of the ACSA WIth alterations as discussed. The Board unarumously approved that motion. The Board then discussed the applications to be subnutted to the Recovery School District for Type 5 Charters for Murray Henderson AlternatIve School, Julius Rosenwald ElementarylPre-K Center, Schwartz Alternate (New Tech) High School, Paul B. Habans Elementary, McDonogh 32 Elementary, and Hamet R. Tubman Elementary. In conjunction therewith, the Board discussed WIthin its approval of the charter applications the approval of Rebowe and Company as the ACSA's CPA and Robert Fulton as Business Manager, provided authorization to InterIm Director Riedlinger to sign the charter applications on behalf of the ACSA and approval of the Ethics and Conflict of Interest Pohcy. Following discussion by the Board and public comment, the Board unanimously approved the following resolution proposed by Mr. Orgeron and seconded by Ms. Bookman. ACSA RESOLUTION NO.1 APPROVAL OF AUTHORITY TO SUBMIT TYPE 5 CHARTER APPUCATIONS TO THE RECOVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT AND DIRECTOR'S SIGNATORY AUTHORITY ON ACSA TYPE 5 CHARTER APPUCATIONS WHEREAS, ACSA has been contracted and authorized to proceed with the opemng and operating of thirteen (13) charter schools on the Westbank of New Orleans, in the Algiers commuruty, and manage and operate the charter schools as a charter school management organization; WHEREAS, Eleven (11) of the charter schools designated as charter schools for operation by the ACSA were transferred to the LOUISIana Recovery School District by recent act of the LouiSIana Legislature; WHEREAS, the ACSA desires to maintain operation of the eleven (11) schools transferred to the Recovery School District ("RSD") as Type 5 charter schools; WHEREAS, in accordance WIth the process set forth by the Recovery School District legislation, the ACSA must subnut Type 5 charter applications for six (6) schools not yet open to students, seeking from the RSD the authority to operate these six (6) schools under the RSD's auspices;
10 , WHEREAS, the Type 5 charter applications require, inter alia, (1) review and approval of the charter applications by this Board of Trustees; (2) the identification of a designee authorized to execute the charter applications; (3) the designation of a qualified "business manager;" (4) retention of a Certified Public Accountant to perform independent financial services on behalf of ACSA; and (5) the selection of its officers; WHEREAS, ACSA Fmance Director, Robert Fulton, has substantial experience 10 finance and business, including serving as the Chief Fmancial Officer of a publicly traded company and possesses other credential and experience, all of which was reviewed and scrutinized by the ACSA during the hiring of Mr. Fulton and the highlights of which are presented in the ACSA Type 5 charter applications; WHEREAS, the Non-academic Manager, Alvarez & Marsal has 10terviewed and recommends the retention of Rebowe and Company, as the ACSA's independent Certified Public Accountant and whose credentials have been presented and reviewed by the Board of Trustees; WHEREAS, the Trustees, after review of the qualifications of each office and the duties and responsibilities as outline on the ACSA governing documents, discussion and deliberation, have nominated the fullowing Trustees to serve as its Officers for the term from March 17, 2006 to June 30, 2006:.~_ President: Dr. Myles M. Seghers VICf! President/Secretary: Ms. Cassandra Bookman WHEREAS, the RSl) application requires the formal adoption of an ethics and conflicts of interest policy iil compliance with LouiSiana law and ACSA legal counsel has presented and recommends a proposed Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy for the Board's review, approval and adoption; NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS RESOLVE}) THAT, in order to continue operation of the schools transferred to the Recovery School District, the ACSA Board of Trustees approves the completion and submission of Type 5 charter applications to the Recovery School District to operate (1) Murray Henderson Alternative School, (2) Julius Rosenwald ElementarylPre-K Center, (3) Schwartz Alternate (New Tech) High School, (4) Paul B. Habans Elementary, (5) McDonogh 32 Elementary, and (6) Harriet R. Tubman Elementary as Type 5 charter schools; and be it FURTBER RESOLVE)), that Interim Director, Brian Rledlmger, be and hereby is authorized to execute the Type 5 charter applications on behalf of the ACSA; and be It FURTHER RESOLVED that Robert Fulton, current ACSA Finance Director IS designated as the "business manager" for the purposes required by the RSD in light of Mr. Fulton's credentials and experience 10 financial business matters; and be it FURTHER RESOLVED that Rebowe and Company be and IS hereby retained as ACSA's independent Certified- Public Accountants to perform those duties generally undertaken by an iridqyendent certified public accountant and as required to comply with RSD's requirements; and be it
11 FURTHER RESOLVED that the following Trustees shall serve as Officers of the Board for the term begmrung March 17, 2006 and ending June 30, 2006, having been du1y qualified and affinned their dedlcahon to fulfi1hng the responslbihhes of their respective offices: President: Dr. Myles M. Seghers VIce President/Secretary. Ms. Cassandra Bookman AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy proposed by ACSA legal counsel be and hereby IS approved and adopted. The Board then discussed the election of the Board Officers. A motion was made by Mr. Orgeron and seconded by Ms. Rose to elect Dr. Myles M. Seghers for President of the ACSA Board. A motion was then made by Ms. Rose and seconded by Mr. McNamara to elect Ms. Bookman as Vice President/Secretary of the ACSA Board. After discussion and public comment, both mohons passed unanimously and Resolution No. I was again ratified unanimously with the inclusion of the idenhty of these officers. unanimously. The Board then discussed the Alvarez and Marsal contract and an extension thereof until June 30, After discussion on the extension and public comment was had, a motion was made by Ms. Rose to table the resolution to extend the contract until the next meeting of the Board. The mohon was seconded by Ms. Bookman and passed Thereafter, the Board discussed the extension of the School Leadership Center contract, WIDch provides for the ServIces of Intenm Director Dr. Brian Riedlinger to June 30, After discussion on the extension and public comment was had, a motion was made by Ms. Rose and seconded by Ms. Bookman to table the resolution unhl the next meehng of the Board. The Board unanimously approved the motion to table. At the conclusion of the achon items on the agenda, Dr. Riedlinger presented a bnefupdate on enrollment ISSUes at Harte Elementary and Karr Semor HIgh School and a review of the commumty fonml held last mght at Harte Elementary. The Board then discussed setting the next meeting of the Board, which will be held March 27, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. The busmess before the Board having concluded, a motion for adjournment was then made, seconded and unammously approved. The meeting was then adjourned at approximately 10:40 a.m. /s/lee C. Reid Secretary of the Meeting
12 ATTACHMENT 2 (continued) Holders of Louisiana Teaching Certificates 1 Name: RelationshIp to ACSA: Type of TeachIng Certificate: Teaching Certificate #: 2. Name' Relationship to ACSA: Type of Teachmg Certificate: Teaching Certificate #: 3 Name: RelatIonship to ACSA: Type of Teaching Certificate: Teaching Certificate #. Dr. Bnan Riedlinger Director of Instruction A A /25/1979 Life, Valid Kevin Guitterrez Cumculum Manager A,B A /15/1999 LIfe, Valid B /26/1997 Life, Valid Patty Spampneto Special Education Coordinator A,B A /19/1984 Life, Valid B /26/1981 Life, Valid
13 ATTACHMENT 3 The ACSA is tentatively targeting first day of school for students in the school year on Monday, August 7, 2006.
14 ATTACHMENT6A The Algiers Charter School Association proposes to continue to operate this school as part of a centrally administered association of up to 10 schools on the west bank of New Orleans (in Algiers) The ACSA provides both instructional and non-instructional support to schools In its association, which includes, but is not limited, to the following: Curriculum guidance and development Professional development Special education oversight and guidance Payroll processing Recruiting (and staffing services as requested) Benefits administration Human resource compliance administration Administration and guidance on performance evaluation Risk management I Insurance Security services Accounting & financial reporting Budget guidance and assistance Treasury services Information technology support Student transportation service administration FaCilities maintenance and custodial service administration Food service administration Procurement Fund raising support legal services As represented In the budgets in Attachments 46 & 47, the cost of ACSA's central administrative services is estimated to be approximately 7% of the per
15 pupil state and local MFP (estimated at $6,500 per pupil), which is partially dependent on the number of students that ACSA will serve. The more schools that ACSA operates, the ACSA will be able to deliver services at a lower per pupil cost. The terms of ACSA's operation of its schools under the Recovery School District, including provisions for termination and renewal, and the length of this obligation will be outlined in an agreement between the Recovery School District and the ACSA, In place of a contract between ACSA and each individual school that it operates. As evidence of a contractual agreement executed by the ACSA for the purpose of operating charter schools, please refer to the operating agreement as executed between the Orleans Pansh School Board and the Algiers Charter School Association on January 20, A copy ofthis operating agreement was submitted to the LDE In ItS school applications submitted to the RSD in March 2006.
16 ATTACHMENT 68 The Algiers Charter School Association ("ACSA") is a charter school management organization organized as a not-tor-profit corporation under Louisiana law. ACSA was conceived and created in the Fall of 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina by a few concerned education proponents, including State Representative, Jim Tucker and Orleans Parish School Board Representative, Lourdes Moran. ACSA's initial mission was to provide a quality education to Orleans Parish Public School children utilizing the existing public school facilities on the west bank of Orleans Parish and by securing additional funding in the form of a portion of the $20.9 million federal grant money made available to Louisiana charter schools by the US Department of Education. Subsequent to Its organization and approval of the Orleans Parish School Board's Type 4 Charter application to the State Board of Secondary and Elementary Education, ACSA retained Alvarez & Marsal, as Non-academic Manager, to open and operate the ACSA charter schools, and Dr. Brian Riedlinger, of the School Leadership Center, as its Interim Director, to open and run as many of the Orleans Public Schools located in Algiers as would be necessary to accommodate the needs of Orleans Parish Public school students who wished to attend the ACSA charter schools Today, ACSA operates SIX Type 4 charter schools, all located in the Algiers community. The qualifications of both Alvarez & Marsal and Dr. Riedlinger are detailed throughout this application where appropriate. Notwithstanding, ACSA deliberated on who would be the best operational organization and curriculum design specialist to assist it with the opening and operating of its Type 4 charter schools. Alvarez and Marsal was not only a logical but, in the opinion of ACSA, the absolute best choice, given its vast experience with Orleans Parish Public Schools and the enormous amount of knowledge it had already institutionalized through its assignment with the Orleans Pansh School Board. Given the
17 . proposed target timeline to open schools, any other manager to operate Its schools was not a possibility. With respect to Dr. Riedlinger, ACSA did interview other potential candidates. However, given all considerations, Dr. Riedlinger and his experience as an administrator, teacher and coach in Orleans Parish, ties to the Greater New Orleans community, association with the School Leadership Center of Greater New Orleans, genuine desire for the appointment, and his proposed strategy to successfully open the ACSA charter schools, ACSA concluded that Dr. Riedlinger was the best candidate for the position of Interim Director.
18 ATTACHMENT6C Enclosed with this document are ACSA Articles of Incorporation, which serve as evidence that the ACSA is authorized to do business in the state of Louisiana. As of March 2006, ACSA manages six (6) schools: Behrman Elementary School 715 Opelousas Avenue New Orleans, Louisiana Eisenhower Elementary School 3700 Tall Pines Drive New Orleans, Louisiana Harte Elementary School 5300 Berkley Drive New Orleans, Louisiana Fischer Elementary School 1801 Whitney Avenue New Orleans, Louisiana Karr High School 3332 Huntlee Drive New Orleans, LouiSiana Walker High School 2832 General Meyer Avenue New Orleans, Louisiana ACSA has been in business since October ACSA's first fiscal year end will be June 30, 2006, therefore, there IS no annual report available at this time. Because ACSA is In its first year of operation of these schools and because the student population of the schools is significantly different than the schools' student populations prior to becoming a charter school, there are no applicable student achievement results to report at this time.
19 ATTACHMENT 7 The ACSA mission is to prepare every school and every teacher to teach every Child, so that all will learn. The leadership team of Behrman is refining the mission statement and in the development of the accountability plan via a process that will be facilitated by the School Leadership Center of Greater New Orleans. The School Leadership Center Leadership Initiative will take place on June Additionally, TAP will provide the vehicle for continuous professional growth and accountability for Behrman. TAP has developed a comprehensive system for evaluating teachers and rewards them for how well they teach their students. Teachers are held accountable for meeting the TAP Teaching Skills, Knowledge and Responsibility Standards, as well as for the academic growth of their students. All teachers are held accountable in a TAP school by participating in the TAP instructionally focused evaluation system. Within this system, each teacher is evaluated four to six times a year by multiple trained and certified evaluators using the TAP Teaching Skills, Knowledge and Responsibility Standards All teachers in the school are evaluated collectively based on the learning growth of all students in the school. Further, each teacher is also evaluated individually based on how much learning growth the students in his or her classroom have achieved during the school year. TAP also provides ongoing training, mentonng and classroom support during the school day to help teachers meet these accountability standards, while providing financial incentives for success. Master and mentor teachers are also held accountable for their additional roles and responsibilities. Instructionally focused accountability occurs in several steps, including: 1) A school committee, under the leadership of the principal, studies policies and procedures in the TAP Evaluation and Performance Award Guide to prepare for training all members of the school faculty.
20 , 2) Staff committee disseminates to the whole staff in faculty meetings, by written communication, at cluster group meetings and by individual communications, the important details of the TAP Instructlonally Focused Accountability and Performance-Based Compensation Systems. These must include the following elements: a) Planning standards and Scoring Rubrics b) Teaching standards and Scoring Rubrics c) ReqUirements and Scoring Rubrics for teacher portfolio d) Critena for achievement gains attributable to teacher and whole school e) Policies governing the Teacher Instructlonally Focused Accountability and Performance-Based Compensation systems 3) Gain support from the school to implement TAP Instructionally Focused Accountability System to document teacher skills and knowledge for performance awards 4) Conduct at least two practice evaluations per teacher in the first year of implementation. The first of these should take place no later than the end of January and the second no later than the end of Apnl. 5) Conduct four to six official evaluations per teacher each year thereafter. 6) Train the appropriate Leadership Team members how to use the Performance Appraisal Management System (PAMS) to help maintain inter-rater reliability and Identify trends in teacher evaluation results. Additionally, specific steps to certify members ofthe TAP Leadership Team as TAP evaluators include: 1) The principal, assistant principal, master teachers, and mentor teachers participate in training.