McDonogh #42 — New Charter Operator Applications due January 4

 RSD to convene parent and community review panel as part of charter school operator selection process

The Recovery School District (RSD) has released the 2017-18 Request for Applications (RFA) process for charter school organizations interested in operating McDonogh #42 Elementary Charter School in New Orleans.

On December 6th, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) voted to non-renew the charter after the completion of the current school year. The RSD is seeking a qualified charter school organization to assume operations at the campus beginning the 2017-18 school year.

The RFA is open to charter school organizations that currently operate a school in Orleans Parish and are approved or currently seeking approval by the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) or BESE to operate an additional school. Charter school operators authorized by the RSD, OPSB, and BESE are invited to apply.

Interested charter school organizations meeting the eligibility criteria and which have submitted an Intent to Apply should submit a proposal for transforming McDonogh #42 Elementary Charter School into a high-performing PK-8 school according to the timeline below:

December 15, 2016 Application Launch: Application materials are posted to the RSD website and distributed to potential operators.
January 4, 2017 Full Applications Due: Interested school organizations must submit a full application to by 5:00 PM CST.
January 9-27, 2017 Review Committee Interviews: Applicants will be invited to participate in an on-site interview with parents and community review panel.
By February 17, 2017 Selection: The RSD will notify applicants of final selection decision

A review committee of parents and community organizations will review applications, conduct interviews, and score proposals. The RSD Superintendent will make a final selection in February.

The following organizations have submitted Intent to Apply forms, signaling their desire to continue through the process:

• Better Choice Foundation (Currently operating Mary D. Coghill Charter School in New Orleans)
• C.L.A.S.S. (Currently operating Fannie C. Williams Charter School in New Orleans)
• Democracy Prep (Currently operating campuses in Baton Rouge, LA; Washington, DC.; Camden, New Jersey; and New York)
• InspireNOLA (Currently operating Edna Karr High School, Alice Harte Charter School, and Andrew Wilson Charter School in New Orleans)