New Orleans area school briefs, July 25-31, 2013

Early childhood program starts

Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic School, 4861 Rosalia Drive in eastern New Orleans, will offer an early childhood program for children 12 months to 3 years starting this fall.

For more information on Little Lambs Early Childhood Program and the social, emotional and physical goals of the program, call the school at (504) 243-2257.

Storytelling fun,
school info offered

Young Audiences Charter School invites parents with children entering kindergarten through third grade to attend a free Storytelling Fun Day from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Gretna Library Meeting Room, 102 Willow Drive, Gretna.

The new arts-integrated charter school opening at the Kate Middleton campus in Gretna in August has limited enrollment available.

The Young Audiences Charter School is the only open-admissions charter school on the Westbank of Jefferson Parish. For more information visit or call (504) 523-3525.

New Drexel Prep
taking applications

The corporation made up of six Xavier University Preparatory Alumni completed the act of sale of the Xavier University Preparatory Campus recently. The school will assume the new name of St. Katharine Drexel Preparatory School and will offer a Catholic education supported by the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ Office of Catholic Schools.

The school is currently accepting applications for the 2013-14 academic year. The curriculum includes Advanced Placement courses and a nationally recognized foreign language program. For more information contact the school office at (504) 899-6061.

Morris Jeff receives
baccalaureate OK

Morris Jeff Community School has been authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School, offering the Primary Years Programme, Principal Patricia Perkins announced.

The school has been working toward this authorization for three years as a candidate school of the International Baccalaureate Organization.

“This is a milestone in our school’s development as this has been our goal since our opening in 2010,” Perkins said. The process involved application writing, professional development and training of faculty by the IBO, and submitting units of study written by faculty.

The process also involved scrutiny by a recent team of authorizers who observed in classrooms, reviewed the school’s curriculum, and interviewed faculty, students, parents, board members, and administrators.

The IBO has a proven track record of high standards, academic rigor, character development, and assessment, having authorized schools in more than 140 countries around the world since its inception in 1968.

St. Augustine board announces officers

St. Augustine High School announced the appointment of Daniel E. Davillier of Davillier Law Group as the new chairman of the board. Davillier is a 1985 graduate of the all-male Catholic high school.

He replaces former nine-year board Chairman Troy A. Henry, ’78, of Henry Consulting, LLC, who will continue to serve on the board for one year to aid in the transition.

Justin Augustine, ’76, CEO of the Regional Transit Authority and vice president of Veolia Transportation, will serve as the new vice chairman.

G. Benjamin Johnson, CEO of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, will serve as the school’s new treasurer, replacing William Bostick, a finance executive at Xavier University.

Demetric Mercadel, a utility administrator for Entergy New Orleans and former St. Augustine parent, will serve as the board’s new secretary, replacing Wilmer Jacobs, a former state of Louisiana public administrator.

“I am looking forward to a successful year,” Davillier said. “We plan to continue our focus on implementing the strategic plan in order for the institution to achieve specific academic, extra-curricular and fundraising goals.”

The board has also elected six new members: the Rev. Anthony M. Bozeman, SSJ, pastor of St. Raymond-St. Leo Catholic Church; Damon Burns, ’99, founder of; Dr. Emmet B. Chapital Jr., ’70, cardiologist and owner of Chapital Cardiology Clinic; Allen Miller ,’91, current St. Augustine parent and partner attorney at Phelps Dunbar LLP; Judge Kern Reese ’70, judge for the 41st Judicial District Civil Court (Division L) in Orleans Parish; and Terrance Simms ’79, current St. Augustine parent and deputy judicial administrator for the Louisiana Supreme Court.