Robert Morris /Uptown Messenger
Audubon Charter School families are facing a cruel deja vu suddenly having the promise of a new facility snatched away from them because of concerns about lead contamination, but it is a situation that has implications across the city of New Orleans.
For months, the school has been cautiously preparing to move from its decrepit Carrollton Courthouse campus to the McDonogh 7 building on Milan Street, which was vacated last fall when Crocker students moved into their brand-new building on Marengo Street.
This week, however, Orleans Parish School Board officials informed Audubon that a project to remove lead paint from the McDonogh 7 building will take longer than expected, past the Aug. 14 start of school, meaning the Audubon kids will have to spend some time at the beginning of the year back in the Carrollton building.
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