Application for West Bank charter high school denied (sort of); board member says colleagues ‘don’t think of the kids’ | West Bank

The Jefferson Parish School Board failed Thursday night to approve an application for a charter high school on the West Bank. 

New Orleans-based Collegiate Academies, which operates three schools in Orleans Parish and is opening one in East Baton Rouge, applied for a Type 1 charter, one that’s issued by a local school board. The group wanted to open a high school on the West Bank in 2018, eventually enrolling about 500 students.

But after the agenda item was read, board member Cedric Floyd immediately moved to deny the application. After some discussion, Floyd’s motion failed on a 4-4 vote. No motion was made to approve the application. 

One board member, Mark Morgan, was absent. 

By not approving the application, the board went against the advice of School Superintendent Isaac Joseph, who called the proposal “a good opportunity for us.”

“I was hoping the board would accept the application as an alternative (for) high school students on the West Bank,” Joseph said.

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Board member Marion “Coach” Bonura asked if it would be a problem to defer the vote. Officials said…

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