CARLYSS, LA (KPLC) - A new elementary school in Carlyss opened its doors for the first classes after more than two years of construction.
Students from D. S. Perkins Elementary School moved over to the newly constructed Cypress Cove Elementary School on December 1st.
The Calcasieu Parish School Board decided to build the school three years ago after deciding not to renovate D. S. Perkins Elementary in Sulphur, Louisiana.
"If that was completed the school would be landlocked giving children no opportunity to play outside," said Joe Andrepont, President of the Calcasieu Parish School Board.
Andrepont added that the overcrowding of students at Frasch and Vincent Settlement also served as a contributing factor to building the new school.
"We had overcrowding so we felt it was best out of the different options to build a brand new school and address the needs of three," said Andrepont.
The building of the new school began with a new structuring plan which placed all of the classrooms in pods.
"This has been something we really enjoy," said Charlotte Flores, Asst. Principal of Cypress Cove. "Our classrooms are broken up by grade level this way."
Other improvements to the school include better technology and transportation for the students. Cypress Cove provides 5 buses instead of the 2 buses that were used at D. S. Perkins.
The new school currently has 250 students attending their school. School officials anticipate the school to double in population by this time next year.
Cypress Cove is the first elementary school to be offered in the Carlyss area in 42 years.