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Mar 032017
 

Aaron Walker, CEO of Camelback Ventures, speaks to Warren Easton students during a entrepreneurship panel (via Allstate).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

A local entrepreneur working to erase the lines of inequality spent last month as one of the honorees of a Black History Month program.

Aaron Walker, CEO of Camelback Ventures, was named a nominee for Allstate’s “Worth Telling” program, which highlights African-Americans around the country working to improve communities. Walker was featured in a video and Allstate officials held discussion panels with students from Warren Easton Charter High School, while also contributing $5,000 to the school’s scholarship fund. Continue reading »

Feb 232017
 

(via Choice Foundation)

In a vote on Tuesday, February 21, the Choice Foundation Board of Directors opted to transfer oversight of two schools to the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) ahead of the 2018 legal mandate. The OPSB’s oversight of Lafayette Academy in Uptown and Esperanza Charter in Mid-City will begin in the 2017-18 school year. Continue reading »

Feb 202017
 

Warren Easton Charter High School (photo by Alicia Serrano, MidCityMessenger.com)

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

As the future of education in New Orleans continues to shift toward a unified school district, some charter schools have the option to branch from Orleans Parish School Board oversight.

Warren Easton Charter High School won’t be taking that step – at least this year. Continue reading »

Feb 162017
 

Warren Easton High School (midcitymessenger.com file photo)

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Warren Easton Charter High School is once again collecting donations for its annual scholarship fund, and this year the school’s Foundation pulled in a big donor.

Sandra Bullock, actress and New Orleans philanthropist, has agreed to match scholarship donations up to $50,000, Warren Easton board member Billy Hatchett said. Continue reading »

Feb 152017
 

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

While making New Orleans more equitable for everyone is a sizable goal, Mid-City residents got a taste of what some in the community are doing to solve inequality.

The Mid-City Neighborhood Organization hosted an open discussion on equity around the city at their meeting Monday night, and several citywide organizations turned out to discuss improving life for all New Orleans residents. Continue reading »

Feb 132017
 

Guest Chefs Candis Koerner (left) and Susan Spicer (right) help Tiffany Hill (center) as they prepare the second course of the meal. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Liberty’s Kitchen held their inaugural Guest Chef Night last Thursday (February 9) as a way to celebrate graduates from their Youth Development Program. Guest Chefs Susan Spicer (of Bayona, Rosedale) and Candis Koerner (of Mondo) prepared a three-course meal for guests with the help of students and graduates from the program.

“First of all, Liberty’s Kitchen starts with a hug, because that’s what all of us need the most, and that’s certainly what our young people need the most.” David Emond, Executive Director of Liberty’s Kitchen, spoke highly of the Youth Development Program and its mission. Continue reading »

Jan 182017
 
Warren Easton Charter High School (photo by Alicia Serrano, MidCityMessenger.com)

Warren Easton Charter High School (photo by Alicia Serrano, MidCityMessenger.com)

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Warren Easton Charter High School officials are expecting some fundraising shortages this year thanks to a Texas-based scam that hit Mid-City late last year.

In December, school officials got wind of a Texas-based company that would solicit local businesses for T-shirt sponsorships, though none of the money raised went toward the school. The scammers approached local businesses and asked for a donation – usually in the $1,000 to $2,000 range – toward a T-shirt that features the business’ name printed on the back. Continue reading »

Jan 122017
 
School officials are planning to renovate the existing building on 2526 Esplanade Ave. and 2500 Barracks St. from a secondary educational facility to a primary facility.

School officials are planning to renovate the existing building on 2526 Esplanade Ave. and 2500 Barracks St. from a secondary educational facility to a primary facility.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

After a unanimous vote from the New Orleans City Planning Commission, Bricolage Academy has permission to renovate the former John McDonogh School on Esplanade. Continue reading »

Jan 062017
 
The campus, located at 8101 Simon Street in Metairie in the former Bunche Middle School building, is chartered through June of 2017.

The campus, located at 8101 Simon Street in Metairie in the former Bunche Middle School building, is chartered through June of 2017.

The International School of Louisiana board of trustees unanimously voted to not recharter its Jefferson Parish campus, leaving hundreds of parents unsure about their children’s educational future. Continue reading »

Dec 152016
 
(Photo by Marta Jewson for www.MidCityMessenger.com)

(Photo by Marta Jewson for www.MidCityMessenger.com)

Warren Easton Charter High School officials are battling a scam that’s stolen several thousand dollars from area businesses.

Regina Wilkins, director of development at Warren Easton, warned the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization about several individuals and organizations that solicit businesses for T-shirt sponsorships, though none of the money raised goes toward the school. The scammers approach local businesses and ask for a donation – usually in the $1,000 to $2,000 range – toward a T-shirt that features the business’ name printed on the back.

The T-shirts are made and distributed to the businesses but those soliciting are not doing so on Warren-Easton’s behalf, Wilkins said.

“We don’t see any of that money,” Wilkins said.

School officials have been battling similar scams for years, most notably in 2014 when administration debated taking legal action against a group who misused the school’s name online to pocket alumni money. Several websites were selling false alumni memberships and gear, ex-officio board member Arthur Hardy said.

Warren Easton staff have made phone calls, written letters and issued cease-and-desist letters to the scammers, Wilkins said. So far, there’s been no more legal action.

Alexina Medley, Warren Easton’s principal, said legal action in the future may be possible.

“We also will be consulting attorneys to see what our next steps are as we continue to gather information,” she said.

Wilkins advised MCNO that any solicitations for donations or scholarships for Warren Easton are only valid if issued with the school’s letterhead or signed by principal Alexina Medley.

Emily Leitzinger, MCNO interim president, asked Wilkins if any other area high school has had similar problems, but Wilkins denied hearing about similar scams elsewhere.

If anyone has questions about a Warren Easton solicitation, please contact Amanda Winfield-Buford at 324-7426 or Wilkins at 324-7436.