Students Tour Newly Constructed Campus

Students Have “First Look” at Newly Constructed Campus Before Holiday Break
Posted on 12/27/2021
Denham Springs Elementary Principal Gail DeLee speaks to students on Dec. 16 before having teachers and staff lead them on a tour of the newly constructed campus.

Students Have “First Look” at
Newly Constructed Campus Before Holiday Break

New Denham Springs Elementary Opens Jan. 10

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. – Students from Denham Springs Elementary School enjoyed a “first look” walkthrough of their newly constructed campus on Dec. 16, before they dismissed for the Christmas holidays, with the news that they will return to the campus when classes resume on Jan. 10.

Students and staff have been housed at a temporary campus next to Immaculate Conception Church, at the end of Adoration Lane, since returning to school following the August 2016 flood. That campus has been emptied of supplies and equipment over the holidays in anticipation of the new campus opening.
“We are excited that this day is finally becoming a reality,” Denham Springs Elementary Principal Gail DeLee said.
Denham Springs Elementary School was one of three schools in Livingston Parish that was declared substantially damaged by FEMA following the August 2016 flood. Demolition of the damaged school began in August 2018, and the new school design was unveiled in March 2019.
The new 80,000-square-foot, two-story campus was constructed at the school’s original site of 306 N. Range Avenue, near the intersection of Centerville Street in Denham Springs. The new school's historic-looking brick façade is complemented by modern additions, such as classrooms with dry erase walls, modular seating, natural light, a large cafeteria, a dedicated pre-kindergarten area, and a dedicated STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) lab.

“Every space is a learning space,” Superintendent Joe Murphy said, noting that he and school officials visited campuses in Texas and Florida to gather best design concepts.

The building also includes personal touches, such as honeycomb shaped lighting fixtures, purple and gold design throughout the building, and a large yellowjacket mascot on the wall behind the tiered area that is located near the school’s main entrance. The school’s students provided motivational words to cover walls.

"You know, you think you can get over the emotional end of this after five years, but you just don't," Murphy said. "I was the first one on this campus after it flooded. I saw what was here, and then I see what's here today. I'm thankful for all those that made that work."

Superintendent Joe Murphy speaks to a group of students who toured the newly constructed Denham Springs Elementary School on Dec. 16. He told the students that the school was “specially designed” because they are special students.
Superintendent Joe Murphy speaks to a group of students who toured the newly constructed Denham Springs Elementary School on Dec. 16. He told the students that the school was “specially designed” because they are special students.

Workers put the final touches of sod and soft material in the playground area of the new Denham Springs Elementary School.  
Workers put the final touches of sod and soft material in the playground area of the new Denham Springs Elementary School.

Fourth-grade students walk past workers who are laying sod in the playground area of the new Denham Springs Elementary School.

Fourth-grade students walk past workers who are laying sod in the playground area of the new Denham Springs Elementary School.

Denham Springs Elementary Fourth-Grade Teacher Brittany Bouligny assists students with placing their bags of belongings atop the cubby storage area of their new classroom.  Students moved their supplies to the new school in advance of the holiday break so they would be awaiting them when they return on Jan. 10.
Denham Springs Elementary Fourth-Grade Teacher Brittany Bouligny assists students with placing their bags of belongings atop the cubby storage area of their new classroom. Students moved their supplies to the new school in advance of the holiday break so they would be awaiting them when they return on Jan. 10.

Denham Springs Elementary Instructional Coach Alysha Leonard holds open the main doors of the new school building as students anxiously enter the new campus for a “first look.”
Denham Springs Elementary Instructional Coach Alysha Leonard holds open the main doors of the new school building as students anxiously enter the new campus for a “first look.”

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