Councilmember Guidry has made it a priority to provide New Orleans’ children with opportunities to flourish and succeed. After Hurricane Katrina, schools were left crumbling and uninhabited. The School Facilities Master Plan for Orleans Parish, a 1.8 billion dollar project to renovate and rebuild schools after the Hurricane, has made it possible for two new schools to be constructed in District “A.”
Hynes Elementary School originally opened on Harrison Avenue in 1952, and was recognized as a Blue Ribbon School of Academic Excellence in 1988. However, the school was devastated by floodwaters in August of 2005 and was closed for the remainder of the school year. In March 2006, Hynes was granted a Type 3 Charter and plans were soon underway for a brand new school building. The grand opening of the new Hynes Charter School, in the same location as the original building, took place in January of 2012.
On July 9th, 2013, Councilmember Guidry joined educational, city, and state leaders in breaking ground for the new Phillis Wheatley building, future home of John Dibert Community School. The former Phillis Wheatley School building, which was also destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, will be transformed into a state-of-the-art education facility and ready to house the John Dibert Community School family in the 2014-2015 school year.
The opening of the new Robert E. Smith Library in Lakeview means kids have a place to go after school and on the weekends to explore the many benefits of reading.
Perhaps the best solution for addressing crime in the long-term lies in presenting youth with hope and opportunity. Susan supports the private efforts and the public funds that are directed to the new NORDC to creating quality facilities and better programming that stimulates our young people, pointing them toward a more positive future. One good mentor is often all that it takes to turn a troubled life around.