School drops plan to recoup money

Lycée Français de la Nou­velle-Or­leans pub­lic char­ter school will not seek re­im­burse­ment for al­most $30,000 it paid to a for­mer prin­ci­pal after she re­signed, de­spite an audit find­ing that the pay­ment was never ap­proved by the school’s gov­erning board.

That’s ac­cord­ing to one of two news re­leases the school is­sued Wednes­day that ad­dress a num­ber of ques­tions sur­round­ing lead­er­ship and gov­er­nance at the school. They include the qual­i­fi­ca­tions of Lycée’s cur­rent in­terim chief, the res­ig­na­tions of found­ing prin­ci­pal Jill Otis and her suc­ces­sor Jean-Jacques Grandiere and the school’s hir­ing of a local law firm.

Ac­cord­ing to the news re­leases:

“Nev­er­the­less,” the state­ment reads, “the Board has no plans at this time to seek re­imburse­ment of the pay­ments made to Ms. Otis, de­fer­ring to Mr. Abrams’ de­ci­sion and pre­fer­ring to con­cen­trate on the school’s fu­ture.”

Ear­lier this week, The Lens re­ported de­tails of Schexnider’s qual­i­fi­ca­tions fol­low­ing the Jan. 25 re­lease of her re­sume, a doc­u­ment The Lens first for­mally re­quested in writ­ing on Dec. 12.

In its sec­ond year, the 340-stu­dent Lycée has strug­gled to re­tain lead­ers, en­dur­ing the sud­den res­ig­na­tions of two prin­ci­pals. The board in No­vem­ber voted to cut $200,000 from its bud­get after learn­ing of an $85,000 deficit.

Now, state lead­ers have stepped in to as­sist the school in its search for a per­ma­nent CEO.

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