Work on new Broadmoor Elementary, renovated Istrouma High to begin next month

    With the construction of one public school in East Baton Rouge Parish—Lee High—completed, another school is set for demolition while renovations will begin at a third to make way for new and updated facilities.

    The staff at Lee High is getting unpacked and ready for the upcoming school year in the new $54.7 million college-style campus on Lee Drive, says schools spokesperson Adonica Pelichet Duggan. Next month, demolition is scheduled to begin on Broadmoor Elementary and renovations will begin on Istrouma High.

    The temporary buildings at Broadmoor have been moved to Shenandoah and LaSalle elementary schools, and students and staff have been relocated to the swing space at Valley Park where the interim Lee High School was housed, Duggan says.

    A new Broadmoor Elementary School will be built in its current location at 9650 Goodwood Blvd. Construction is expected to take about two years. The price tag for the project is roughly $21.8 million, Duggan says.

    Istrouma High renovations, projected to cost about $21.4 million, will include a new HVAC, plumbing fixtures, electrical, lighting and data systems. Workers will also make partial roof repairs, and build a new athletic field, restroom and concession building, press box and ticket booth.

    The project will go out to bid in July, Duggan says.

    Other projects also underway this summer are the additions of four classrooms each in Riveroaks and Wedgewood elementary schools.

    At Riveroaks Elementary, 950 Fountainbleau Dr., a new 7,990-square-foot building will house two classrooms, a computer lab and art classroom. At Wedgewood Elementary at 2330 Aspenwood Dr., a new 6,550-square-foot building will house three classrooms, a computer lab, a teacher center and student restrooms.

    Building permits received by the school for the Wedgewood and Riveroaks projects identify the total cost of the buildings as $4.6 million, but the school board in late 2014 approved spending as much as $6.2 million on the project.

    —Ryan Broussard

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