West Baton Rouge schools prepare for academic year
PORT ALLEN - It's English teacher Morgan VanNorden’s second year in the classroom at Port Allen High School.
While her students will not be back until tomorrow, she’s been here for the better part of the week.
“[The] whiteboards were pretty messed up. The floors were pretty bad, everything was super old and pretty much very distress,” said VanNorden.
Port Allen High School is one of 10 West Baton Rouge schools to undergo some sort of renovations this year.
“The schools really deserved this you know. We work really hard,” said VanNorden.
Superintendent Wes Watts says, the improvements are funded by a $90 million property tax.
“So every school in West Baton Rouge Parish will be getting some renovation are some new edition. We are eliminating all T-buildings,” said Watts.
Along with cosmetic changes, many schools are undergoing safety upgrades as well.
“We are working on trying to make as many of our school facilities as possible to have a single entry point,” said Watts.
Despite all this construction, Watts wants to ensure parents that it all will be completed in time for school.
“I can't wait to see them walk into the new facility; that's why we did it. I hope they love it,” said Watts.
VanNorden expects a chaotic week but that only adds to the excitement of a new school year.