On June 14, 2013, BAMM Communications produced a launch event and press conference for InspireNOLA Charter Schools, a non-profit charter management organization. Beginning July 2013, Alice M. Harte Charter School (K-8) and Edna Karr High School (9-12) will be managed by InspireNOLA Charter Schools. Both schools are governed by the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) and, since Hurricane Katrina, have been managed by Algiers Charter School Association (ACSA) through a charter management contract with OPSB.
At the launch event, New Orleans City Council Member Kristen G. Palmer was represented by Director of Special Projects Ron Loesel, who presented a proclamation signed by the entire city council in support of InspireNOLA. OPSB’s Vice President, District 4 Representative Leslie Ellison congratulated InspireNOLA, Harte, and Karr for their dedication and the role they are playing in the educational movement.
Attendees of the event enjoyed the sound of the Edna Karr Jazz Band as they arrived, while Harte students greeted each guest and served as ushers. Positive quotes from leaders throughout history ranging from John Quincy Adams to Michelle Obama were placed on each table and the audience also had a chance to write words of inspiration on the note cards, which is the theme of InspireNOLA.
Harte is a Top Gain school and one of the Top 5 open enrollment K-8 charter schools in Orleans Parish. Top Gain schools are schools that the Louisiana Department of Education recognizes for meeting or exceeding target growth scores. Karr is the largest public high school in New Orleans and is the recipient of the College Board’s 2013 Gaston Caperton Inspiration Award for being one of the three most improved secondary schools in America.