Most Recent Fisher Update
August 9, 2023
Fisher Middle-High Family,
We were excited to welcome our Fisher students and staff to their own dedicated school at the Westbank Community site this Monday. During our visit to the campus that morning, your School Board member Kriss Fairbairn Fortunato, School Board President Ralph Brandt, and I got to see how Fisher is making the campus their own, whether that was the gator in the front hallway or teachers’ names on classroom doors. We saw students who were excited to see their teachers and classmates and start school in the portable buildings, seniors collaborating with one another in the new auditorium, and staff who were excited to welcome their kids back from the summer break.
After almost two years of teaching and learning on a temporary campus, I want to say thank you for your patience and flexibility as we worked to create your own space. I also want to express our gratitude to Ehret High School’s students, faculty, and staff for welcoming Fisher as we utilized that temporary solution to maintain structure and stability for our children.
As many of you saw during the student orientation held August 3, we worked hard to ensure Fisher had a space to call their own while we await the long-term solution to Fisher’s campus in Lafitte. As I’ve saId before, the Westbank Community site is a temporary solution. We are still advocating for an answer from FEMA about reimbursement at the permanent Fisher site and continue our weekly meetings with them.
Maintaining an open dialogue with you has been key to our recovery efforts, so I wanted to let you know that this will be the last regularly-scheduled monthly message. Moving forward, we will share updates with the Fisher community about their permanent campus in Lafitte as we learn more.
Thank you for your continuous support and understanding as we moved forward for our students and our Lafitte community.
Dr. James Gray
Fisher Middle-High Orientation for 23-24 School Year