Livingston schools impacted by flood to return to campuses by end of January
LIVINGSTON – Livingston Parish Public Schools announced that all students displaced from the August flood will be back to their original campuses or on new temporary campuses by the end of January 2017.
Students at Denham Springs High School and Denham Springs Freshman High will be on their original campus on Jan. 5, the first day of the schools' second semester.
Students at Southside Elementary and Soutside Junior High will transfer to new campuses that same day. The temporary campus for Southside Elementary is located four acres behind Juban Parc Elementary and the temporary campus for the junior high is located behind Juban Parc Junior High.
Students at Denham Springs Elementary will be re-located to a temporary campus adjacent to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Hatchell Lane in Denham Springs. That campus is expected to be ready by Jan. 30. The delayed opening was due to FEMA code issues and a review of the site by FEMA's Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation program, officials say.
Superintendent Rick Wentzel said that students and employees at Denham Springs Elementary will resume their present location at Eastside Elementary, Northside Elementary and Freshwater Elementary on Jan. 5 and remain there until the new temporary campus is completed by the end of January.
Temporary campuses will each consist of 40 classrooms, a library, cafeteria, administrative building, special education building and multipurpose building, according to Joe Murphy, assistant superintendent. Murphy said that the cost of establishing the three temporary campuses is more than $11 million.
Another $5 and $6 million is being spent to restore the Denham Springs High School and Denham Springs Freshman High campuses.
"Our students will return to clean classrooms and facilities, but many of the walls and structures will have the visible signs of new construction and repairs, since we will not be able to repaint before they move back in," Murphy said.
"Our principals will work with the contractors to find appropriate times to get painters into the school without disturbing class instruction, but that's likely to take some time."
According to school officials, school days will return to a normal time schedule with an added 21 minutes.