Lafayette Academy Charter School

A photo from a 2017 LDEQ report showing an unsecured asbestos containment area at Lafayette Academy Charter School.
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

The Orleans Parish School Board and New Orleans charter group, Choice Foundation, have filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit over two botched asbestos removal jobs at Lafayette Academy Charter School. They allege negligence by contractors and the state's Recovery School District.

 

 

Q: Remind us what happened at Lafayette Academy.

 

Half of Lafayette Academy students will attend school this year at the old McDonogh 35 building on Kelerec Street.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

Students from Lafayette Academy Charter School finally returned to the classroom Monday, after a botched asbestos cleanup job created a mess at their school this summer. But some parents aren’t happy with the temporary accommodations at the old McDonogh 35 building. 

Lafayette Academy parents attended a meeting with school officials to get answers about asbestos removal jobs that took place at the school.
Jess Clark / WWNO

Parents at New Orleans charter school Lafayette Academy have lots of questions after an investigation by WWNO revealed issues with asbestos removal at the school in 2017. School officials maintain no children were endangered.

A photo from a 2017 LDEQ report showing an unsecured asbestos containment area at Lafayette Academy Charter School.
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to include a statement from the Orleans Parish School Board that they were not aware of the March 2017 report from LDEQ, and were not in control of the school or its building at that time.

New Orleans charter school Lafayette Academy has been forced to close its campus after contamination from an asbestos removal job. School district officials have said children weren’t on campus during the work. But state records show this isn’t the first time asbestos removal has been mishandled at Lafayette Academy.

Lafayette Academy parent Tuere Jones expressed frustration with the school's handling of the asbestos problem.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

New Orleans charter school Lafayette Academy is scrambling to find accommodations for next school year after a state inspection revealed the building and yard may be contaminated with asbestos.