SLAUGHTER, LA (WAFB) - There is big news for students and parents who were turned away from a school in East Feliciana Parish this school year due to a lack of space.
Slaughter Community Charter (SCC) has announced plans to build a brand new school. It comes with a few extras for students.
American History teacher Robert Delmore, Jr. shines in front of his students. You could say he has knack for teaching teens.
"The students. They are hilarious," Delmore said.
Delmore has got everything he needs to make sure his students grasp the subject. But planning those lessons can sometimes be tough.
"I've actually been trying to get an office for three years," Delmore said.
He is not the only one. Students and teachers spend their days shuffling around a campus packed with temporary buildings. Slaughter Community Charter Principal Clint Ebey said space is tight.
"We've got teachers who have to hop back and forth from classrooms. We are on top of each other, but we are making it work," Ebey said.
Ebey said with an enrollment of 323, the school is at capacity. The 7th through 12th graders are making strides academically. Ebey said they have helped the school climb from a "D" on the state report card to a high "B," which has made the school popular with parents.
"Currently we have a wait list for 8th grade and 9th grade students," Ebey said.
Soon SCC will be able to roll out the welcome mat for those students and more. Board members have secured an $8 million USDA loan for a new school. It will be on the same property, just bigger and better. The plan calls for 18 classrooms with space to add three more.
"It will also have library, music room, a science lab, a computer lab, and also a gym," Ebey said.
It will also mean a whole new world for student-athletes who have to travel to play ball.
"This is our first year with LHSAA. So we still are able to participate, but all of our games are away games. So we are excited to be able to host and bring that to the community," Ebey said.
School leaders predict its success will only multiply as the community becomes more involved in a school that has gone to great lengths to help shape the small Town of Slaughter.
Construction is set to begin in January.
The school hopes to have students moved into the new facility by December 2016.