Friday, June 10, 2011 - 9:36pm

NEW ORLEANS, La. - On Tuesday, June 14, the Recovery School District (RSD) will open Parent-Family Resource Centers at four locations around the city of New Orleans. Open year-round, these centers will provide services, such as student enrollment information, student record retrieval, and up-to-date data on all public schools in the city to help parents make informed decisions when seeking the best schools for their children.

By providing these services and resources at locations more convenient and accessible to parents, the RSD hopes to meet the needs of parents and students more efficiently and effectively.

"Parents and community members deserve clear information about their schools and their choices," RSD Superintendent John White said. "Parent-Family Centers will bring clear information to communities throughout New Orleans."

The Parent-Family Resource Centers will be at the following locations:

Sarah T. Reed High School, 5316 Michoud Blvd.
L.B. Landry High School, 1200 L.B. Landry Ave.
Walter L. Cohen High School, 3520 Dryades St.
George W. Carver Elementary School, 3059 Higgins Blvd.
From 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, each center will provide the following services:

Student enrollment information
Transcript and records requests
Conflict resolution
Up-to-date school information
Parenting skills literature
Community resource literature
More locations and services, such as centralized enrollment and transportation systems, will be added in coming months, according to Superintendent White. "This is just a start, and there might be some hiccups along the way," he said. "But we don't want perfect to get in the way of doing good."

Patrick Dobard, RSD Deputy Superintendent of Community and Policy, agrees. "Access for our parents and families is extremely important," he said. "This is the first of our many efforts to reach out to the community in a tangible and meaningful way. We need and want to talk to our parents as much as possible."

To that end, the Recovery School District , the Orleans Parish School Board, and the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools have agreed to work together to help parents maneuver through the city's system of schools. The details of that collaboration are still being determined, but the Districts' leaders are committed to making things easier for parents and families.

"With the new RSD administration," said Orleans Parish School Superintendent Darryl Kilbert, "this collaboration is an opportunity to partner in an area that deserves our attention - building a relationship with our parents."

Caroline Roemer Shirley, Executive Director of the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, also supports the effort. "The charter schools support any effort that gives parents good information about schools and sustains the concept of school choice," she said.

Parents are very excited about the new Resource Centers, as well. "Having a place for parents is a wonderful thing," said Margie Henry, whose son attends L.B. Landry High School. The Parent-Family Resource Center will "support me in my efforts, and provide excellent information."

Over the next few weeks, the RSD wants to hear from parents and families who have utilized the Resource Centers to ensure that the centers are meeting their needs. Feedback may be sent to Sabrina D. Marsh-Sanders, Executive Director of Project Management, at

For more information about the Parent-Family Resource Centers, call 1-877-343-4773.


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