All of the St. Charles Parish Public Schools’ buildings and facilities are in need of repairs nearly 11 months after Hurricane Ida dealt a devastating blow to the parish.
District Chief Plant Services and Security Officer John Rome, Jr. said due to the impacts of Hurricane Ida the district is currently in the construction phase of six major bid restoration projects with two more requiring design, bidding and construction.
The six major projects currently in the construction phase include restoration of Destrehan High School buildings A and B, restoration of Hahnville High School building D, restoration of the Professional Learning Center and roof replacement at Ethel Schoeffner Elementary and New Sarpy Elementary. Rome said all six projects are slated to be completed by late spring of 2023.
The two major projects requiring design, bidding and construction include roof and wall panel replacement at the Satellite Center and roof replacement at HHS’ building C. These projects are slated for design in the fall of 2022 with an approximate construction commencement in the summer of 2023, Rome said, adding that these two projects are anticipated to be completed by the summer or 2024.
“In addition to these eight major bid restoration projects, smaller scale, permanent hurricane damage restoration projects are in the pre-construction or construction phase at all sites,” he said.
Rome said these projects include, but are not limited to, roof repairs, window repairs, gutter/downspout/flashing/wall panel repairs/replacement, fence repairs/replacement, canopy repairs/replacement, drywall repairs/replacement and flooring repairs/replacement.
“All district sites have and will remain operational throughout the restoration/construction process,” he said. “Temporary repairs and safety measures have been put in place to provide a safe environment that is conducive to teaching and learning. The district anticipates all of these projects to be completed within a two-year period.”
The district will continue in the construction phase of the remaining 2019 Bond Issue Projects while starting the design, bidding and construction phase of the approved 2022 Bond Issue Projects, Rome said.
“We appreciate the patience and support of the school board, the superintendent, district administration, faculty and staff, governmental agencies, our community partners and our St. Charles Parish community as a whole as we recover from the effects of Hurricane Ida and build a stronger and better St. Charles Parish Public Schools,” Rome said.