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Algiers schools making changes in 2013

posted Jan 15, 2013, 12:55 PM by Yvonne Mitchell-Grubb

Cory Turner, Algiers Columnist By Cory Turner, Algiers ColumnistThe Times-Picayune on January 02, 2013

For the 2013 school year, several changes are being made to public schools in Algiers. Murray Henderson Elementary, a Recovery School District school currently operating out of the old St. Julien Eymard Catholic Church property on Lawrence Street, will close.
L.B. Landry High School counting down to opening day
L.B. Landry High School in Algiers is set to accept students from O. Perry Walker High School
Rusty Costanza/The Times-Picayune

All students of Henderson will be guaranteed a seat at Paul B. Habans Elementary, at 3819 Herschel St., another Recovery School District school. To coincide with this, Habans is set to become a charter school, operated by Crescent City Schools, the current operator of Akili Academy and Harriet Tubman Charter School. A parent meeting is scheduled at Murray Henderson Elementary for Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the transition to Habans.

The biggest and most controversial change will be the merger of O. Perry Walker High School with L. B. Landry High School. Students from Walker will attend classes in the current location of Landry, 1200 L. B. Landry Ave., in a $54 million state-of-the-art building that opened for the 2010-2011 school year. While all current students of both schools are guaranteed a seat at the new combined high school, this proposal has brought much discussion and consternation from parents, students and alumni of the respective schools.