OPSB halts Thursday’s property auction
Posted on Aug 19, 2015 in Local Issues, OPSB
The Orleans Parish School Board has decided to halt the property auction slated for Thursday, August 20. Some of the properties may still go on to be sold, while a select few, namely Valena Jones Elementary and Louis Armstrong Elementary (formerly McDonough #19), will not be auctioned in at least six to eight months. The two campuses have historical significance and many residents in the Lower 9th Ward, where McDonough #19 was housed, is vital for that area’s recovery. Lawmakers have said they are working to expand Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter into that building. A majority of the board favored a six to eight-month moratorium on sales of the properties so they can figure out what campuses might be needed and review the demographics of the areas. One of the schools in particular is Augustine Middle, located at Tulane and Broad near the up and coming Medical District. This would serve as the long-imagined Bio District high school.
Some of the board members, Sarah Usdin, Woody Koppel, and Seth Bloom, said some of the properties could be sold immediately, namely campuses that were too small or causing issues for residents in the area, to pay for much needed repairs on existing schools.