Saturday, September 12, 2015

Petition to reopen Kennedy High School (My Thoughts)

I saw a petition asking the RSD to rename Lake Area HS to Kennedy... Please note, That's not an RSD school.nor are they responsible for the building

Lake Area Existed Before Katrina, they were on Paris Avenue in its current location. in 2004 in the old Schaumberg elementary moved to a new location and the school there opened up as Lake Area .. It was an elementary to middle school i believe ,... Katrina happened and the school died..

AFTER KATRINA  RSD took FEMA's money, Built a "decent" school which is sub par in comparison to LW or Holy Cross,  The School was called "Greater Gentilly High School. their school colors were red and white, Mascot "Leopards"   2 years later  UNO moved their charter Thurgood Marshall  High School  Merged with them. Their school colors as a HS were Blue and White and they had no mascot .. the merger caused the colors to be Red White and Blue and the Leopard to remain..

It Failed, Prompting RSD gave up the building to a new Charter Provider  ...  First Line Schools.

Kennedy's name was on the table when First Line Charter took over. but they decided to go with the name, colors and mascot which was already on the building when they moved there.

The School and its charter are doing exceptionally well at this point and have even adopted the Kennedy Fight Song and Alma Mater song into ther theme, they even are allowing Kennedy folks (as welll as others) to contribute as they please as long as it's put in the proper forms to be accepted.

In my opinion, I'd support a name change, but at this point it isn't necessary. but if we put in effort to claim lake area as an adopted school. It would work out greatly..

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