Airline starts expansion

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Airline Principal Jason Rowland did the honors of breaking ground on Airline's new wing in 2015.

After 51 years, Airline High School is about to get a major facelift.

Bossier Parish educators and community leaders gathered for a groundbreaking celebration last week to mark the beginning of construction. Once built, Airline’s existing E and F wings will be replaced by two new three-story classroom wings, a state-of-the-art media center and library and renovated administrative area and front entrance.

Airline Principal Jason Rowland did the honors of breaking ground in a nontraditional way. After donning a hard hat, he climbed aboard a backhoe and proceeded to dig into the dirt.

Three years of planning and preparation fueled Rowland’s excitement for the big groundbreaking.

“We have been a lot more excited as the days have gone by, but now we will be seeing the work happen,” he said. “It’s a huge day for Airline, a huge day for our community and we’re excited to get started.”

Rowland said the construction and additions will not only allow the student population to increase, but it will give students the necessary tools to grow.

“We understand that this will take a while, but it generates a sense of pride and integrity in our school and community,” he added. “Our job, moving forward, is to maintain the pride of north Bossier and distinguish ourselves amongst other schools in Louisiana.”

The entire construction project is slated for completion in summer 2017.

For more information on the scheduled upgrades and new construction for Bossier Parish Schools, visit http://www.bossierschools2012.com/ to see renderings, timelines, updates and more.