NEW ORLEANS, La. The Recovery School District announced Friday that it plans to accelerate the planned renovation of John McDonogh High School in order to get students into the newly renovated school by the 2016-2017 school year.
According to a press release sent by the RSD, the renovation will serve as a further catalyst in the ongoing revitalization of the cherished Esplanade Ridge high school.
'We are making good on our promise to provide a state of the art facility for our students,' said RSD Superintendent Patrick Dobard. 'At the same time, we must make academic progress at a faster clip than we are today. Speeding up this renovation will help to speed up the day when students can benefit from a world-class education at the John McDonogh High School facility.'
In 2011, the RSD launched plans for transforming and improving struggling high schools in New Orleans, some of which include George Washington Carver High School, Joseph S. Clark High School, Walter Cohen High School, L.B. Landry High School, and John McDonogh High School.
When construction on John McDonogh High is complete, the new facility will include redesigned new academic classrooms, new science labs, space for performing and visual arts, a new gymnasium and cafeteria, and a new media center.
An architect will be hired to begin design on the project this spring, with partial demolition of the school taking place in the summer of 2014, and a general contractor contract approved in the spring of 2015.
The $1.8 billion plan, approved in November 2008 by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Orleans Parish School Board, is the first major facilities plan for Orleans Parish schools since 1952.
All John McDonogh students who are not graduating in May 2014 will transition to a new school. Schools for current John McDonogh students to choose from through the OneApp process are listed in the table below.
The application window for OneApp is currently open and families have until February 28 to submit their application and rank up to 8 schools of choice. For general questions related to the OneApp process, families should contact the RSD's Family Resource Centers at 1-877-343-4773.
Algiers Technology Academy
G.W. Carver Preparatory Academy
G.W. Carver Collegiate Academy
Cohen College Prep
Crescent Leadership Academy
Dr. M.L.K. Jr. Charter High School
Eleanor McMain High School
Joseph S. Clark High School
KIPP Renaissance High School
L.B. Landry O. Perry Walker College & Career Preparatory High School
Lake Area New Tech Early College High School
McDonogh #35 Preparatory High School
Miller-McCoy Academy for Mathematics and Business
ReNew Accelerated High School
NET Charter High School
Sophie B. Wright Charter School