Denham Springs Elementary Temporary Campus Set To Open Monday

A temporary campus for Denham Springs Elementary is set to open in four days and Livingston Parish Public School System Superintendent Rick Wentzel says it's time to roll up the sleeves.

"We still have a lot of work to do, but at this point, we see no reason why we can't open this school on Monday," Wentzel said Thursday.

The new temporary campus is located next to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Hatchell Lane. It will be used while officials work to repair flood damage at the original campus on Range Ave.

"Welcoming the school's students and staff to a site that is all their own is a priority for this district right now," said the superintendent. "Despite weather delays and other challenges that have slowed our efforts, we are moving full steam ahead to open this campus on Monday."

The last section of concrete was poured on Wednesday and work on canopies and walkways was being wrapped up on Thursday. On Saturday, cafeteria equipment, furniture and desks will be in place and the State Fire Marshall is scheduled to visit for his final inspection.

At the original Denham Springs Elementary, work continues to assess the structural damage caused by last August's floods. "Many of the buildings on that campus are 30 to 40 years old, and their repair and restoration involve many issues," said a press release.

Additional information on the school system's flood recovery efforts can be found at

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