St. Helena Parish opens doors to new high school
ST. HELENA - St. Helena College and Career Academy opened its doors for the first time Wednesday morning with hopes that the new facility can give young minds in the parish a place to thrive.
After students were temporarily made to carry out their learning in temporary trailers and older buildings for close to seven years, the opening of the new school comes as a relief to the students, which range from 7th grade to 12th grade.
"It's absolutely what our community deserves because we have smart children. Our children are bright. They want to be successful. They want people to care about them. They want people to know that they deserve the same things that anyone else in any other school system is receiving and they're getting it now," said Kelli Joseph, St. Helena Parish School Superintendent.
Students said they're elated to have classes in the brand new facility.
"Oh my goodness. Look at this...it's huge and everything. I just had a smile on my face all day," said Abigail Chandler, the schools student of the year.
Some of the monies used to construct the new school came from an $8 million property tax passed in the parish.
While students were able to check out the new educational environment for the first time today, the official opening of the school will not come until Friday.