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Plain Dealing and Haughton schools to have busy summer with construction


It may be the first official day of summer break, but Bossier Schools is moving full steam ahead with plans for the 2018-2019 school year.

Carrie Martin Elementary held its last official day of school May 24 and will begin their transition to the high school campus the week of June 11 as part of a reconfiguration of Plain Dealing schools. Plant a Seed in our Youth Foundation will move into the former elementary campus that same week and will begin their summer programming in the community.

Keith Norwood, Supervisor of Planning and Construction for Bossier Schools, said they plan to ask the Bossier Parish School Board at an upcoming meeting to consider naming the elementary wing at the high school campus the Carrie Martin wing.

There are several construction projects that will begin soon as others are wrapping up.

The new artificial turf field at Bossier High School will be unveiled to the public at a June 12 ribbon cutting ceremony. 

Construction on the new classroom wing Sun City Elementary will begin this summer. Norwood hopes that project will begin within the next month. 

“A piece of playground equipment is being relocated and they will get to work on that shortly,” he said. “Our target opening date is still the fall of 2019.”

The opening of a new K-5 elementary school in Haughton will bring a change to attendance zone lines.

The dividing line between the existing three schools on Highway 80 and Haughton Elementary, located at 395 S. Elm Street, will be McKinley Avenue, according to a map provided by Bossier Schools.

The line goes through the main part of downtown Haughton and picks up the Cornerstone subdivision on Highway 3227 and extends south down to the current middle/high school line in Elm Grove.

The new attendance zone does not include any other homes along the Highway 3227 corridor, where the new middle school is located.

In addition, the east reservation at Barksdale Air Force Base has been rezoned for children to attend Haughton schools. Those students will attend T.L. Rodes, Platt and Princeton with provided transportation by Bossier Schools. 

“The [east reservation] is not zoned for the new Haughton South Elementary,” said Sonja Bailes, Public Relations Liaison for Bossier Schools. “Of course, military dependents living on [Barksdale Air Force Base] have school choice, but those that want to attend Haughton schools with transportation being provided, they are zoned for those three schools.”

To find your school, use the ‘My School Locator’ tool on the Bossier Schools website. PDF attendance zone maps can also be found on the school attendance zones page.

For additional information or questions contact Student Attendance at 318-549-5035 or Transportation Bus Routing at 318-549-6796.

Students will return for the 2018-2019 school year Wednesday, Aug. 8. Kindergarten students’ first day is Tuesday, Aug. 14.

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.


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