Livingston Parish Schools Unveil Design of New Denham Springs Elementary

Livingston Parish Schools Unveil Design of new Denham Springs Elementary
Posted on 03/13/2019
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Livingston Parish Schools Unveil Design of New Denham Springs Elementary
New School Pays Homage to Local History

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. – Livingston Parish Public School leaders unveiled the architectural rendering of the new Denham Springs Elementary on Wednesday, announcing that the new 80,000-square-foot campus will be the parish’s first two-story elementary school and it will honor the city’s history with an exterior design that is similar to the original Denham Springs High School that was once located on the same site.

“This new school will certainly include some of the latest amenities and features to make it a more effective learning environment for our students, but it also will pay homage to the past by taking on an appearance that complements the nearby Historic District and that is reminiscent of the original high school that once sat on this same spot,” Superintendent Rick Wentzel said.

Wentzel noted that the original Denham Springs High School was destroyed by a fire in 1949 and rebuilt two blocks north, at its current location.

Denham Springs Elementary is one of three parish schools that was substantially damaged by the August 2016 flood. Certified floodplain managers with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved funding to demolish and rebuild all put one building on the campus; the school’s multi-purpose building will be restored.

 The elementary school is currently housed in a temporary campus next to Immaculate Conception Church in Denham Springs, at the end of Adoration Lane.

The newly designed two-story school will include 32 regular education classrooms, five special education classrooms, two computer laboratories and open collaborative spaces throughout the campus to bring learning outside traditional classroom areas. It will also include a new library and cafeteria. The main entrance will feature a tiered seating area that can serve as a bus waiting area or accommodate small student assemblies.

At the same time, the campus will have a more secure perimeter than before – there will only be one public entrance to the school; all other entrance will require keyed access.

 “We certainly are taking this opportunity to invest in improvements that make our students safer and that give our students greater opportunities to engage in learning activities,” School Board President Buddy Mincey, Jr., said. “Much thanks to our school administrators, teachers and architects for their collaboration on this new design.”
Mincey said construction of the new school at the 306 N. Range Avenue will be completed by the start of the 2021-2022 school year. The new school design was created by Ziler Architects of Lafayette with a projected cost of $14.5 million. The construction contract for the new school is expected to be bid out by July.

 

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This is a copy of a newspaper photo of Denham Springs High School prior to 1950. The façade of the new Denham Springs Elementary is being constructed to resemble the old school.
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School Board President Buddy Mincey, Jr., thanked elected officials, school administrators, teachers and staff at Denham Springs Elementary and parents and students of the district for their resilience and determination to overcome the challenges created by the August 2016 flood that destroyed Denham Springs Elementary resulting in its demolition and plans to rebuild it.

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Assistant Superintendent Joe Murphy, Denham Springs Elementary Principal Gail DeLee, Livingston Parish School Board President Buddy Mincey, Jr., and Ziler Architect’s Sean Primeaux and Jim Ziler present the rendering of the new Denham Springs Elementary during an unveiling presentation on March 13.

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