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New junior high school coming to Livingston Parish

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WATSON - The Livingston Parish School Board will open bids Thursday on a $4 million project to create a new school in the Watson area.

The new Live Oak Junior High will take over the old, run down high school location in the Live Oak community. The new junior high will house seventh and eighth graders, while fifth graders make the move to Live Oak Middle to join the sixth graders.

The three elementary schools in the Live Oak district will only go up to fourth grade in a move to curb overcrowding.

"I think it's going to be great, because it's going to help children have smaller groups. It's going to help with more individual learning," said parent Robin Crifasi. "I just think it's going to be wonderful."

School board member Kellee Hennessy Dickerson says the school shuffle has been in the works for the past two years and will be funded by district money. The first phase of the junior high school includes renovating old buildings and creating a new front entrance. The second phase will add a media center library and a band room.

"We're really taking lemons that we had for the past and making lemonade in all the schools. I think all of the schools in the Live Oak district are embracing this new structure," said Hennessy Dickerson.

Construction should start in August and finish by the following school year. If the new junior high is not ready in time for the 2016-17 school year, the school board says it will not move students to new schools in the middle of a school year.

 

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