SPHS finally has a place to call homeSep 23rd, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: school news
On September 3 students from South Plaquemines High were able to start their first day of classes at the new South Plaq. campus in Buras. That same week, the School Board also held a grand opening ceremony as well as their first school board meeting at the new campus.
“The Board and everyone else involved really put in a lot of work to get the new campus up and running,” said board member Nancy LaHaye of District 2. “It’s been a rough time, but we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished.”
The 429 students currently enrolled at South Plaq. are elated to finally be at their new campus, instead of the temporary Port Sulphur campus that they have been utilizing for the past few years, according to teachers, school board members, and the students themselves.
“The new school is so much better than the old campus,” said student Savannah Khath.
After Hurricane Katrina, all of the Parish’s high school students attended class at Belle Chasse High School. But at the start of the 2006-2007 school year, modular buildings had been set up at the destroyed Port Sulphur High School campus, and classes had been held there ever since—until now.
“The kids down here really deserve this,” said board member Chuck Soileau of District 8. “Some of our students have never even seen a real classroom until now. They’ve been through a lot, and we’re glad that we were able to finally give them the campus that they deserve.”
“You can see the joy on the students’ faces when they walk through the doors,” said cafeteria worker, Iris Ragas. “The School Board really worked hard to make this possible, and it shows. The kids really love their new campus.”
The new campus is a huge step up from the temporary site and will be fully completed by January—the auditorium and two gymnasiums are still under construction, said Chris Barker of HOV Services, the construction management company that oversaw construction. Also, plans for a football field, stadium, and track have been completed and construction is set to be finished by the start of next school year.
“We love the new campus, it’s so much better and more convenient,” said Lane Voiron and Kimberley Bonvillian in unison. Both are junior high students and residents of Buras who were happy to say that they no longer had to make the commute to the temporary SPHS campus in Port Sulphur.
Students and teachers alike seem to share the same sentiment—they are just happy to be in an real school building that they can claim as their own.
“We were all so excited to see the new campus being built, and couldn’t wait to get in it,” said teacher and webmaster, Angela Gillies. “I had the plans memorized almost as well as the contractor!”
Gillies, who began teaching at SPHS while they were at the temporary campus expressed how great of a feeling it is to finally be in the new building.
“This is the first time I’ve taught in a school with hallways!” said Gillies. “This is so surreal.”
“The kids and the teachers finally have a school they can be proud of—a place they can call home,” said school board chairman Anthony St. Phillip.