BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) and architects, CSRS | Tillage and GraceHebert Architects, held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Jefferson Terrace Academy on Azrok Avenue in Baton Rouge.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday, April 16.
The school will be the first kindergarten through 8th grade school in the district and it will be a state of the art facility.
“It’s going to be built with the top technology, with modular classrooms, with opportunities for kids to collaborate with each other, maker spaces, things we haven’t seen before. We have just a few schools that are 21st century schools right now," said Superintendent Warren Drake.
The school board has been working with neighbors to help put in things they would like to see, including a half mile walking trail and a soccer field the community can use.
EBRPSS says the project shows the progress made from the third phase of the 1-cent sales tax renewal approved in 2008 and the school system’s dedication to creating technology-rich and innovative learning facilities.
The new school will serve pre-k through 8th grade students and will debut cutting-edge educational technology and collaborative work spaces.
“The new student-focused Jefferson Terrace Academy promotes 21st-century learning environments for the students with flexible classrooms and an abundance of natural light. The new campus will also be an asset to the surrounding community by providing a walking trail and outdoor play fields,” said David Hebert, partner of GraceHebert Architects.
EBRPSS officials say the new school will be 125,000 square feet, with a total construction cost of $32,887,041. The school is designed to facilitate 900 students. Special features at the new school include STEAM labs, a media center, modern learning communities, new athletic facilities, and a dynamic courtyard at the heart of campus which will encourage student community and outdoor learning.
“Our team is excited about getting this project underway. It will be the district’s first new Pre-K through eighth grade 21st-century designed school and the last project from the Tax Plan of 2008. As a Jefferson Terrace alumni, I am anxious to see the impact the facility will have on the students and the surrounding community,” said Marcus Williams, CSRS | Tillage program director.
“The proposed design is going to allow us to meet the needs of even more children and help them learn in a safe and fun environment,” said Jefferson Terrace Elementary Principal Zane Whittington.
The school is set to open in the fall of 2020.