7 months after Ida, Jean Lafitte’s school buildings are still closed

On Tuesday, Jean Lafitte residents attended a meeting of the municipality at the Jean Lafitte Auditorium regarding the future of their children’s education. It has been seven months since elementary schools in Fisher and Leo Kerner middle schools closed, due to extensive damage from Hurricane Ida. These are the only two school buildings in Jean Lafitte. About 800 students now have to share a campus with John Arth Hay and Truman in Marrow. Paul Phillips has four children affected by the situation. Phillips said, “Obviously we’re grateful they let our kids go there. But it was an absolute nightmare. It’s not really up the street.” Beverly Vardin is a Lafitte resident. Grandparents of affected children. She said, “It’s time to bring our kids home. It’s been too long. All the other schools are back. Why our kids still can’t come back.” Superintendent James Gray with Jefferson Parish Schools said, “Kerner and Fisher will be back We are looking at January next school year. We are also looking at what we can do with the Westbank Community School to expedite the situation.” Gray issued this statement to parents in the area: “Employees and students at Fisher High School will begin the 2022-23 school year on their current joint campus at John Art High School before moving to a renovated temporary home on the former West Bank Community School campus later in the school year. Extensive renovations are underway to make this facility “From a community school to a community school to a community school. A site suitable for housing a middle school. The work now underway will ensure that this temporary home can properly support Fisher High School employees, students and families until their permanent home in Belfitt opens.” I asked architects and contractors to attend the City Hall building tonight and explain the scope of their work on the West Bank Community Campus. Below is some of the information they shared. Mayer Engineers and Architects has been tasked with turning the temporary campus into a facility suitable for middle school service. Meyer has over 50 years of experience with JP Schools and the city of Lafitte.Mayer began documenting existing conditions in January to develop the scope of work and ensure compliance with government regulations. Submission of bids and the start of construction is expected to take place this summer. Construction is expected to be completed this winter. “The scope of work includes: a different gym that can also be used as a cafeteria Installing two 10-room mobiles New parking New ceiling New lighting Renovations in toilets Painting classrooms, band room and main building Repair and general repairs” That you want to return home on campus to your Lafite. This day will come. Until then, we do everything we can to ensure that your temporary home is safe and can comfortably serve our students, staff and families. “While there are a number of factors beyond our control in the recovery process, one area we can control is ongoing and transparent communication. Ours remains a top priority.In addition to city buildings and ongoing text and email updates, we will launch an online center with resources and up-to-date information on our progress and be built back in Belfitt. Will share more information on this webpage in the coming weeks. “We are rebuilding Fischer Middle-High and a stronger, long-term elementary Kerner. These campuses are more than just a place for kids to learn. They are an integral part of the Lafitte community. Do things right now – too If that means waiting a little longer – it helps ensure that these campuses continue to serve the Lafitte children for generations to come. ” JPS officials said Kerner should be opened sometime before Fisher, but no official dates have been set for when it will reach the timeline. “It’s our top priority to build back stronger. That’s why it’s so important that we make long-term adjustments,” said Paris Vint, communications director of the Jefferson Parish schools.

On Tuesday, Jean Lafitte residents attended a meeting of the municipality at the Jean Lafitte Auditorium regarding the future of their children’s education.

It has been seven months since elementary schools in Fisher and Leo Kerner middle schools closed, due to extensive damage from Hurricane Ida.

These are the only two school buildings in Jean Lafitte.

About 800 students now have to share a campus with John Arth Hay and Truman in Marrow. Paul Phillips has four children affected by the situation.

Phillips said, “Obviously we’re grateful they let our kids go there. But it was an absolute nightmare. It’s not really up the street.”

Beverly Vardin is a resident of Lafitte and the grandmother of injured children.

She said, “It’s time to bring our kids home. It’s been too long. All the other schools are back. Why our kids still can’t come back.”

Superintendent James Gray with Jefferson Parish schools said, “Kerner and Fisher will return that we are looking at in January next school year. We are also looking at what we can do with the Westbank Community School to expedite the situation.”

Gray issued this statement to parents in the area:

“Fischer High School staff and students will begin the 2022-23 school year on their current John Arthur High School campus before moving to a renovated temporary home on the former West Bank Community School campus later in the school year. Extensive renovations are underway. Convert this facility from a community school to a home-appropriate site A middle school book.The work now underway will ensure that this temporary home will be able to properly support Fisher High School employees, students and families until their permanent home in Belfitt opens.

“I asked the architects and contractors to come to City Hall tonight and explain the scope of their work on the West Bank Community Campus. Here is some of the information they shared.

  • Mayer Engineers and Architects has been tasked with converting the temporary campus into a facility suitable for middle school service.
  • Meyer has over 50 years of experience with JP schools and the city of Lafitte.
  • Mayer began documenting the existing conditions in January to develop the scope of work and ensure compliance with government regulations.
  • Submission of bids and the start of construction are expected to take place this summer.
  • Construction is expected to be completed this winter.

“The scope of work includes:

  • A different gym that can also be used as a cafeteria
  • Installation of two 10-room mobiles
  • New parking lot
  • New ceiling
  • New lighting
  • Renovation of services
  • Painting classrooms, band room, and main building
  • Repair and general repairs

“Ultimately, I know you want to return home to your Lafite campus. That day will come. Until then, we will do our best to ensure that your temporary home is safe and can comfortably serve our students, staff and families.

“While there are a number of factors beyond our control in the recovery process, one area we can control is ongoing and transparent communication. Continuous communication with our Lafite community remains a priority. In addition to our town halls and regular text and email updates, we will kiss an online coordinator Our progress in building stronger at Lafitte.We will share more information on this web page in the coming weeks.

“We’re rebuilding a medium-high Fisher and a stronger, long-term elementary corner. These campuses are more than just a place for kids to learn. They’re an integral part of the Lafitte community. Doing things right now – even if it means waiting a little longer – helps ensure those campuses They will continue to serve the children of Lafitte for future generations. “

JPS officials said Kerner should open sometime before Fisher, but no official dates have been set for the timeline.

“It’s our top priority to build back stronger. That’s why it’s so important that we make long-term adjustments,” said Paris Vint, communications director of the Jefferson Parish schools.

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