Schools impacted by the August flood will receive temporary buildings, as the Ascension Parish School Board voted unanimously during its Oct. 4 school board meeting to approve the agenda item.
According to school board spokeswoman Jackie Tisdell, the buildings are a temporary fix, as hopes of repairing the damaged schools- Galvez Primary, Galvez Middle, Lake Elementary, St. Amant Primary and St. Amant High- by the end of the school year is unlikely.
“It looks like it is going to take us a little longer than we expected for us to do the final repairs of the five flooded schools that are closed,” Tisdell said. “In the interim, to try to get us back on those campuses as quickly as we can, we are pursuing temporary buildings on those sites.”
Though a timeline for the how long it will take students to get into the temporary buildings or to finish repairing the schools was not given, the school board did announce that they hired Domain Architecture to design the buildings.
“What we are going to have to do is set up an entire school site in temporary buildings,” Tisdell added. “It is not going to be just classrooms but also administration buildings and some type of facility to eat lunch as well because we are not going to have access at all to any of the regular school buildings because those will be under construction.”
School officials have not released an estimate of the cost to repair the damaged schools, though did announced that the clean up of the five campuses and various administrative buildings was $6.2 million.
More information regarding the timelines of the temporary buildings and flooded schools is expected to be released later this week.