EBR school health centers get $500,000 grant
BATON ROUGE - The Federal government is paying for upgrades to several school health care centers in East Baton Rouge.
Westdale Middle School, built in 1987, has the oldest school health care center in the parish. It has broken ceiling tiles and outdated equipment, but that's all about to change. The Department of Health and Hospitals is granting $500,000 to help renovated the facility.
Sue Catchings, CEO Health Care Centers in Schools, said, "Structurally it will look basically the same but it will be much improved."
The entire center, including two exam rooms, an office, furniture, and computers, will be fully renovated. It's an estimated $160,000. Westdale is one of three schools to benefit from the grant. The other two schools are Glen Oaks High School and Istrouma High School.
Construction is set to begin next summer. All centers should be fully renovated before the 2012-2013 school year.
Altogether, Louisiana received six-million dollars to renovate health care centers. With that money, close to 150 jobs will be created.