German Foundation Funds $1.1 Million Renovation of Fortier School Gym

June 15, 2006

Madeline Vann
Phone: 504-247-1425

Atlantik-Bruecke, a foundation based in Germany, has committed $1.1 million to support renovation of the Lusher Charter School gymnasium facility on the Fortier campus. The center will be called the Atlantic Bridge Community Resource Center in recognition of the foundation's gift.

In addition to athletics, the building will have space available for meetings and is expected to open in fall 2006. Atlantik-Bruecke is a collaboration of German industrialists and representatives of business who came together in the wake of World War II to support cooperation with the United States in light of the support Germany received through the Marshall Plan.

After Hurricane Katrina the group wanted to find ways to support rebuilding in the New Orleans area. Tulane partnered with Lusher Elementary and Middle School through the Advocates for Arts-based Education organization to establish a new K-12 charter school in October 2005. Prior to the storm, Lusher was a well-established public school with a diverse student population.

After Hurricane Katrina, the Board approved the school's charter request and also a request to use the then vacant Fortier campus to house the Lusher middle and high schools. Lusher Charter School is open to students from the Lusher elementary school attendance district and qualifying students from throughout Orleans parish.

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