New buildings going up to replace temporary structures at Riveroaks, Wedgewood elementary schools

    Work is underway to construct permanent buildings at Riveroaks and Wedgewood elementary schools to replace two temporary buildings on each property and renovate the reception areas to increase security at the schools.

    Building permits received by the school identify the total cost of the buildings as $4.625 million, but the school board in late 2014 approved spending as much as $6.2 million on the project. The project is being funded with proceeds from the 1-cent dedicated sales tax voters approved in 2008.

    At Riveroaks Elementary, 950 Fountainbleau Dr., a new 7,990-square-foot building will house two classrooms, a computer lab and art classroom, says Adonica Duggan, chief of communications and public relations for the East Baton Rouge School System. The project also includes renovating the carpool lane, fixing some drainage issues in the school and paving an unpaved staff parking lot.

    At Wedgewood Elementary at 2330 Aspenwood Dr., a new 6,550-square-foot building will house three classrooms, a computer lab, teacher center and student restrooms, Duggan says. Workers will repaint and update the ceiling, lighting and flooring in the main building. A carpool lane will also be added to keep traffic off the street.

    The projects include plans to create a receiving area in the front of both campuses that limits visitor access to the rest of the school, Duggan says. Construction is expected to be finished in time for the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

    —Ryan Broussard

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