Warren Easton’s ninth-grade schedule ready for students; officials hold inauguration – Mid-City Messenger

Architect’s rendering of the proposed Warren Easton Ninth Grade Academy at 3026 Canal St. (Manning Architecture, via City Planning Commission)

Students at Warren Easton Charter High School will return to school on Wednesday August 10 for major changes to the Canal Street campus.

Ninth-graders will be in front of the 110-year-old school building in the former Meadows-Draughon Business College at 3026-30 Canal St. On Tuesday (August 9), that building will officially open.

Warren Easton will host a ribbon cutting for his new high school expansion project housing the ninth grade of the top-rated open admissions school. The school can now accommodate an additional 100 freshmen in the renovated building for a total of 350 9th graders.

There will also be a dedication of the top four floors of the five-story building. The floors will be dedicated to Norman C. Francis, AP Tureaud, Allen Toussaint and Oretha Castle Haley. Their family members are expected.

The ceremony will feature the Fighting Eagles marching band and marching units, the Warren Easton Color Guards, teachers and student lecturers, and senior school officials including Avis Williams, Superintendent, Nola Public Schools; Olin G. Parker, District 3 School Board Representative; David Garland, president of the Warren Easton Charter High School Foundation; Mervin Jackson, Principal and CEO, Warren Easton Charter High School; and Lauren LeDuff-King, Vice-Principal of Grade 9, Warren Easton Charter High School.

The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday at 3030 Canal St. in the Cafetorium.

The 22,534 square foot building was historically renovated as an annex for its freshman classroom and school. The original building will continue to house its 10th through 12th grades. The building was renovated by The McDonnel Group with Manning Architects.

After years of searching for ways to expand, the charter board purchased the old trade school along with five empty lots on the square block: two facing South Salcedo Street, two facing Cleveland Avenue, and one facing South Gayoso Street.

The extra land gives Warren Easton’s ninth-grade annex parking — plus space for loading and unloading school buses and an outdoor dining area. There are, however, houses that remain within the square block.

School buses will drop off and pick up ninth graders behind the school rather than on Canal Street, a plan that has drawn strong opposition from neighbors who did not want school buses to be so close to their homes and their lessons.

The city council approved the plan in March. Buses will pick up and drop off students in the residential area starting Wednesday.

For more information on Warren Easton, visit warreneastoncharterhigh.org.

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