|Soner Tarim (3rd -left) at recent NEW Harmony Science Academy's New SHOW|
LEGISLATIVE LUNCHES, ah what we do for money and approval.
Pelican Educational Foundation, Inc. submitted a Type 2 charter application to operate a new start-up
school, Kenilworth Science & Technology High School, in East Baton Rouge Parish. The proposed school
will serve approximately 182 students in its first year in grades 9-12. and approximately 520 students in
grades 9-12 at full capacity. The organization proposes to contract with Cosmos Foundation. Inc.Pelican Educational Foundation, Inc., currently operates two Type 5 charter schools in Louisiana.
Kenihorth Science and Technology Charter School in East Baton Rouge Parish, and Abramson Science
and Technology Charter School in Orleans Parish.
Summary of recommendation:
NACSA’s evaluation team has recommended denial of the Type 2 charter application submitted
• Lack of identification of a technology person, which is a critical component of a
Science, Technology, and Engineering (STEM) School
• Lack of detail relating to student data management and reporting structure
• Very few details relating to early childhood and elementary grades were
• No specific budget was outlined- no budget was related to these applications for
• No comprehensive student enrollment or recruitment plan was provided
• No tangible evidence of operational success at existing charters operated by
Pelican Education Foundation at the Kenilworth site
• Management capacity of the sponsoring entity was very “generic