New Lee High facility set for March completion

    Progress continues on the new $54.7 million Lee Magnet High School campus on Lee Drive. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of March, and the school should be ready to take in students for the new academic year that begins in August, an East Baton Rouge Parish School System official says.

    Furniture will be delivered to the school beginning in the second week of March, and everything should be in place about four weeks after the first delivery, says Adonica Duggan, a school system spokeswoman. The new school will then be turned over to staff at the end of the current school year.

    The old one-story Lee High building was demolished in 2013 to make way for the two-story, four-building magnet school that will feature three academies—digital and media arts, biosciences, and engineering and robotics. In the academies, students will attend classes in web design, video production, premedicine and computational sciences classes.

    “Lee Magnet High School is a rigorous technology-based model which promotes a college-ready, skill-based curriculum, integrating science, technology, engineering, math, and the arts,” a school brochure boasts.

    David Hebert of Grace & Hebert architects, the project manager for the new Lee High facility, says the school will feature all the promised amenities, such as modern classrooms to accommodate 1,200 students, as well as flexible study areas, a media center, gym and auditorium.

    “Everything has fallen into place,” Hebert says. “We were able to afford everything that we had wanted.”

    Three of the buildings will house each academy, while the fourth will be a common area with the gym, fitness center and cafeteria.

    —Ryan Broussard

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