S. P. Arnett Middle nears completion of new school

By Crystal Price - bio | email

WESTLAKE, LA (KPLC) - S. P. Arnett Middle School in Westlake is nearing completion on their new school building and they plan on opening the doors by January 2011.

Officials at S. P. Arnett began building the new school in July 2009 after the a bond passed to allow construction in their bonding district.

The current school building has been in use since 1945, and school officials felt it was time to build a new facility for the students.

"At one time the same lockers I had when I was a student were still being used so it's time we got an update," said Van Richmond, principal of S. P. Arnett Middle School.

Officials also said the current building has had issues with termites in the past.

"It's a two story building on piers so it's hard keeping the termites from eating things up," said Richmond.

However, the construction crews are building the new school on a slab in an effort to prevent any future problems with termites.

The new school building consists of ten classrooms, a new library, and an administrative wing.

Officials plan to install Promethean boards in every classroom along with more than enough electrical outlets for increased technological learning in the classroom.

"An issue in our old building was that we didn't have enough electrical outlets," said Richmond. "With everything they ask us to do with technology it's impossible to have too many."

The current school building will be torn down next summer to make room for additional parking and a covered pavilion with basketball courts.

Another school nearing completion in Calcasieu Parish is Cypress Cove Elementary School in Sulphur.

The first class at Cypress Cove is scheduled for December 1st.

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