East Baton Rouge elementary school to undergo reconstruction

February 7, 2018 by  

The School Board of East Baton Rouge is expected to approve the reconstruction of the Park Elementary School at its upcoming meeting.

The school will be built on a 27-acre stretch of land currently vacant on the property, allowing the current school to remain open during construction. It will still house students in grades prekindergarten to fifth, but will accommodate 450 students as opposed to the current school’s 550 students, due to enrollment in the area declining.

The project has an estimated cost of $21.7m and will be put out to bid next month. It is expected to be completed by August 2019, in time for the 2019-2020 school year.

Capital High School is next door to the elementary school, which is located in the Easy Town area of Baton Rouge. The high school became a charter school in 2008 and many prominent black leaders attended both schools, thereby pushing for the preservation of the school.

The design of the school will be somewhat futuristic in nature, with a collaborative space surrounded by three carpeted classrooms. There will be movable furniture and mobile interactive whiteboards in all the classrooms, into which natural light will flow.

Logo design often comes into consideration to reflect the changes in the instructional outcomes resulting from design innovations during projects like this one.

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