Cameron Parish, LA (KPLC) – Students at Hackberry High School will be starting the year at a brand new school, and they got their first taste of it on Tuesday night.
“Our school, you know, is old,” Hackberry High parent Michael Fewell said. “It was a great place for several years, but I think it’s a great opportunity to have something cool.”
For many Hackberry students, their parents and grandparents walked the halls of Hackberry High School, but the new school year brings with it a new facility.
“There are a lot of things we have now that were a little tight in the old school, and they are excited to start the new school year at the new school,” said Superintendent Cameron Charlie Lemons.
Lemons said age played a role in the decision to build a new school. Repairs and damage from the hurricane exceeded millions of dollars and served only as a band-aid.
“You didn’t know overnight whether heat or air was going to work,” Lemons said.
Hackberry residents have voted to build a new facility, and fast forward nearly two years, it will open just in time for the start of the year.
“The school is about 65,000 to 70,000 square feet,” Lemons said. “We have a lot of classroom space, we have a gymnasium, a very large cafeteria. We have everything we need in a modern school.
Parents who attended Tuesday’s open house say they are delighted with the new facility.
“It’s a great opportunity for our little community here,” said parent Becky Gray. “To be able to come together and have something new like this, after the hurricanes and the tragedy that we have been through.”
“You know, coming back from the hurricane, I think that’s just the key to growing the community,” Fewell said.
School begins in Cameron Parish on Thursday, August 11.
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