FirstLine Live Oak closing due to 'declining enrollment and financial impacts of COVID-19'

By WBOK Staff

Monday, January 3, 2022

Leaders with FirstLine Schools said FirstLine Live Oak will close at the end of the academic year in a move to consolidate schools due to declining enrollment and the financial impacts of COVID-19.

This means students will be able to remain at Live Oak until the end of this school year.


A statement from FirstLine Schools said: "FirstLine staff will be available to provide any support needed during this transition to come in May.

"The recent census has revealed a sharp decline in the number of school aged children, not just in New Orleans, but across the country.

"For New Orleans this means that many schools, especially newer schools like FirstLine Live Oak, are under-enrolled, spreading resources thinly across schools, and thus not able to be used as effectively to educate children."

Sabrina Pence, FirstLine CEO, said: “While we did not anticipate this demographic shift when we opened Live Oak four years ago, and we are sad to close the school, we agree with NOLA-PS, our authorizer, that rightsizing our district is prudent and will ultimately result in better service to children and families.

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