Site improvements continue at Plain Dealing schools.
The middle and high school campus is undergoing reconfiguration to make it a pre-k through 12th grade site. Bossier Schools allocated $750,000 for upgrades and several new projects are to begin soon, including a new press box at the football stadium as well as driveway and parking improvements.
The existing press box will be removed and replaced with a bigger unit. The school board approved the project bid last night, giving the go ahead for it to begin.
The school board has also approved driveway and parking improvements, fencing and drainage upgrades. A new driveway and bus drop off with adjacent parking will be added for the preschool wing on the north side of campus.
There will be some asphalt overlays done for parking and bus drives on the south and west sides of campus. The school board approved an amendment to their current local services agreement with the Bossier Parish Police Jury to do some of the improvements to the parking and bus drop off areas.
Several projects in phase one have already been completed, according to Keith Norwood, Supervisor of Planning and Construction for Bossier Schools. First phase was to finish the ground level of the activities building, which used to be a cafeteria. It was divided into a library that will serve all grades and a preschool/kindergarten suite.
Norwood said the current reconfiguration is similar to how the school operated in the 1960s. There will be separate buildings for the elementary, middle and highs school. The band room is being moved from the activities building, which will be the middle school wing and into a building behind the school that was previously occupied by the Bossier Council on Aging.
By doing so, Norwood said they’ve created more instructional areas in all three wings.
“We’re creating an equivalent of three additional classrooms for the elementary, middle and high school,” he said.
The Bossier Parish School Board voted last May to create a pre-K through 12th grade campus in Plain Dealing. The plan includes a new pre-school and kindergarten pod on the ground level of the activities building, which will house classrooms and a multi-purpose room, with restrooms, a library, an adjacent outdoor playground and parent drop-off area. Grades one through five and special education will be housed in the current middle school wing. Middle school students will be moved to the activities building and high school students will remain in their primary building.
Carrie Martin Elementary will be made into a parent center, similar to the Parent Education Center on Cox Street in Bossier City. It will be occupied by community agencies, including the Bossier Council on Aging and the Plant a in our Youth Foundation.
Three pieces of playground equipment will also be relocated from Carrie Martin Elementary to the new reconfigured campus.
“We’re able to get more playground equipment that way than buying new equipment,” Norwood said.
The reconfigured campus will be ready for students in the 2018-2019 school year.