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BATON ROUGE - Back to school for some St. Amant students and staff meant coming back home for the first time.

At St. Amant Primary, Wednesday was the first day the students had been back on their campus since last August's floods.

"Normally our teachers have time throughout the summer to prepare for the first day of school," said St. Amant Primary Principal Paisely Morgan. "They've only had a couple of days to work their magic and the classrooms look phenomenal."

"I'm looking forward to having the kids back and letting them experience their new school, and I'm just happy to have them here and back at a normal school again," said third grade teacher Brooke Stuart.

And while the teachers were looking forward to seeing their students, some parents were already missing their kids.

"We spent a lot of time together doing a lot of different family activities, so it's always hard when they go back to school and you miss that time with them, but I'll be over it in a about a month" said Averil Sanders.

Both the primary and middle schools went thought big remodels. Primary getting brand new classrooms, and the middle school--a new cafeteria.

"Hopefully we can make sure the kids have a nice, full, regular year. No stress, no turning worlds upside down," said sixth grade teacher Ann Houston.

Although most of the renovations were completed last week, some last minute construction created some minor traffic and caused some first day confusion. Buses and cars converged in to one lane and the middle school front office is currently located inside the library. But even with the minor inconveniences, there's no doubt that this school system is happy to be home.

"It's been a long but wonderful journey. We've spent a lot of time waiting for this moment for us to be back, reunited as a family here on our home campus. We just couldn't be happier," said Morgan.

St. Amant Middle and Primary will serve students free breakfast and lunch for the rest of the school year.


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