LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Calcasieu Parish School district's original office buildings were destroyed 4 years ago in Hurricane Rita.
On Wednesday, October 21st the board celebrated the opening of their newly constructed facility through an official ribbon cutting ceremony.
"I think it's a great facility," says Wayne Savoy, Superintendent of Calcasieu Parish Schools. "We're all under one roof now and this makes everything more efficient."
The district began remodeling the old Sam's building 3 years ago.
"We seized the opportunity when we looked at this building and realized it's potential," says Savoy.
Calcasieu Parish Schools PURCHASED 1.25 million dollar piece of land directly from Wal-mart.
"We wanted something that was really going to look nice, but we stayed within the budget," says Savoy.
The school board received quite a bit of help paying for the new facility.
"The important thing is that we utilized FEMA funds, insurance money, and interest free loans to make money on the money we borrowed," says Savoy.
Employees in the new facility say that the work environment is nice and compact.
"Everyone's together and we're not all split up in two different buildings," says Kaci Duhon, a data clerk for Calcasieu Parish Schools. "We have a lot more work space and a lot more storage for sure to keep our files for our schools."
"I think it's a great facility considering where we came from," says Savoy. "I think it's going to be here a while."
Wayne Savoy says they are currently on the 4th phase of the re-location project.
This phase includes re-locating the School Food Service department to the new facility.
A community development block grant is expected to fund the close to 1 million dollar phase.