NGO Funding Request


The recipient entity's full legal name:  Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education, Inc.

The recipient entity's physical address:
           5625 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115


The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           5625 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115


Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          Madalyn Schenk

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  7170

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $3,000,000

What type of request is this?  Capital Outlay Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Board of Directors
Matthew Amoss
Florence Andre
Nic Aziz
Toni Bachmann
Barbara Beckman, Ph.D.
George Bernstein, Ph.D.
Nancy Bissinger, Ph.D., Treasurer
Melanie Boulet, Faculty Representative
Bob Brown
Karen Buck, Secretary
Michael Cunningham, Ph.D.
Mason Curran, Vice President
Brandi Ebanks
Kristen Engeron
Katie Hand Hopper
Kay Kerrigan
Bryan Lee
Sarah Martzolf
Valerie McGinley, Parent Representative
Merisa Pasternak
Kevin Robinson
Madalyn Schenk
Hugh Seligman
Bob Sternhell, Ph.D, President
Carroll W. Suggs
Jackie Sullivan
Iam Tucker
Cedric Walker, Ph.D.
Roy Weiner, M.D.
Thomas Wiese, Ph.D.
Kevin Wilkins
Arnold Zea, Ph.D.
Mary Zervigon, Advocates Representative

Director of Advancement
Martha McKnight

Contact Information for Board of Directors and Director of Advancement
Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education
5625 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115


Provide a summary of the project or program:
           The project - A Model for a 21st Century Workforce Development Urban High School-New Orleans Science and Mathematics High School - is a partnership between the Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education, Inc. (FSME), the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) and the New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School (Sci High). The goal of the project is to build a new home for Sci High near the BioDistrict of New Orleans at 2011 Bienville Street. OPSB has allocated $35 million in FEMA funds to demolish the old school building at this location and build a new high school in its place. FSME is requesting Capital Outlay funding for the specialized, long-term equipment and furniture that will make Sci High a true science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational center.

This project was started 12 years ago with Capital Outlay funding and an agreement between OPSB and Delgado Community College to renovate a building on Delgado's campus to house the New Orleans High School That Works. After Hurricane Katrina, the High School That Works project was placed on hold. In the 2010 Legislative Session, an unspent balance of Capital Outlay funding for the Delgado Campus project was reallocated to FSME for the Model for a 21st Century Workforce Development Urban High School project. In the 2014 Legislative Session, the state canceled the $2.3 million in Capital Outlay funding for the Urban High School project and transferred it to the Division of Administration project for Repairs, Restoration and Replacement of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. We are requesting that this prior funding be returned to the FSME Urban High School project now that all stakeholders are moving forward.

There is a critical need for an open access, high quality science and math high school in New Orleans to develop the skilled workforce required to sustain and grow the economy. Using only one industry as an example, it is estimated that our state will require approximately 7000 clinical trial non-professional staff over the next 10 years. To meet this need, Louisiana must train 700 skilled men and women annually. Sci High is the highest performing open admissions high schools in New Orleans. It is also a major feeder to local universities and a leading partner with the state’s JumpStart program, which focuses on Career and Technical Education for those planning on entering the workforce straight from high school. Currently, Sci High operates with a short-term lease in a New Orleans elementary school, but this building is not designed for high school students, and it is in dire need of extensive renovations. Sci High’s new location in the BioDistrict will provide opportunities for educational partnerships with some of the state’s leading bio-medical industries. In addition, the new facility will help anchor and revitalize the Bienville/Claiborne neighborhood in which it will be built.


What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Professional Services. . . $2,917,100
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $3,000,000
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $0
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $32,088,100

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?
          

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          FSME supports science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in New Orleans. Sci High is designed for students to acquire the skills necessary to succeed in STEM fields, with rigorous programming available to any student residing in Orleans Parish. Sci High is a critical feeder school to local colleges and universities, especially in the fields of science and mathematics, and is a leader in Career and Technical Education for young people entering the local skilled workforce directly after high school. The funds requested will provide the major specialized equipment and furniture necessary to make this training possible.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          For Louisiana to be competitive in today's 21st Century global economy, the state must build a workforce to sustain growth in local and statewide biomedical and other technologically-based industries. An open-access, high-quality science and math training center in New Orleans is a critical component of this process. The Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education is requesting funding to provide long-term, program-specific equipment for a high school in the BioDistrict to help fulfill our vision of a model partnership between urban secondary education and workforce development.

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           2.5 years – 12 months planning, 18 months construction

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
                
    
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:
                

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:
                

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:
                 

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 
               

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:
              

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:
               

          What is the nature of the relationship? 

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:
                

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:
               


Contact Information
name:  Martha McKnight 
                                       address:  5625 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115

                                       phone:  504-324-7045
                                       fax:  504-309-4178
                                       e-mail:  mmcknight@nolascienceandmath.org
                                       relationship to entity:  Director of Advancement