Seventh Ward Elem Cuts Ribbon for New Building

Seventh Ward Elementary Cuts Ribbon for New Classroom Building
Posted on 10/21/2021
Livingston Parish School leaders participated in the ceremonial ribbon cutting on Oct. 19 for the new classroom addition at Seventh Ward Elementary. Pictured, from left to right, are: (back) School Board President Bo Graham, School Board Member Bradley Harris, State Rep. Buddy Mincey, Jr., (front) Seventh Ward Elementary Instructional Coach Tiffany Battiestella, Seventh Ward Elementary Assistant Principal Bridget Castille, School Board Member Jan Benton, Seventh Ward Elementary Principal Laura Dunlap, Superintendent Joe Murphy, School Board Member Cecil Harris, and School Board Member Dr. Devin Gregoire, Ph.D.

Seventh Ward Elementary Cuts Ribbon for New Classroom Building

 

LIVINGSTON, La. – Livingston Parish school leaders held a ceremony on Oct. 19 to celebrate the completion of a new $800,000 classroom addition at Seventh Ward Elementary.

 

The new addition, which includes four classrooms, restroom facilities and storage, was fully constructed and opened with the start of school on Aug. 11, but school officials had delayed the celebration to allow students to be in the building.

 

“At the start of school, we were busy moving our teachers and students into their classrooms.  We wanted to allow some time school to start and for the building to be in full use before we officially announced its completion,” said Superintendent Joe Murphy.  He noted that construction on the building began in late March.

 

“I want to thank our school board members, and especially those representing the Denham Springs School District, for their continued support of efforts to upgrade and expand facilities to meet the needs of our students,” Murphy said.

 

Murphy told those attending the ceremony that many other construction projects are underway across the parish, including a new band room at French Settlement High School, a new cafeteria at Springfield High, ongoing improvements in Live Oak and new campuses for Denham Springs Elementary, Southside Elementary and Southside Junior High. At the same time, the district is exploring new schools in Albany and Walker.

 

“We don’t look like the Livingston Parish School System of old.  We’re growing, expanding, improving, and becoming better at every level, in every community,” Murphy said.

 

Seventh Ward Elementary Principal Laura Dunlap said her school added pre-K classes and a new kindergarten class to the campus last school year. At the same time, the school has seen an increase in enrollment at the other grade levels.

 

Seventh Ward Elementary currently has 350 students enrolled in grades pre-K to fifth grade.

 

“The addition provides ample space to create a physical layout that allows for the ideal implementation of a variety of project-based learning, flexible seating and the ability to accommodate our current and future growth,” Dunlap said. She noted that the new classroom building is equipped with modern technology and wireless capability for students to use laptops and to engage in Internet-based activities.

Livingston Parish School leaders and community members gathered for a ceremony to celebrate the completion of the new $800,000 classroom addition at Seventh Ward Elementary. The new addition includes four classrooms, restroom facilities and storage.

Livingston Parish School leaders and community members gathered for a ceremony to celebrate the completion of the new $800,000 classroom addition at Seventh Ward Elementary. The new addition includes four classrooms, restroom facilities and storage.

Livingston Parish School Superintendent Joe Murphy addresses a crowd that gathered to celebration the new classroom building at Seventh Ward Elementary.  Murphy told attendees that Livingston Parish Schools is expanding and growing across all communities in the parish.

Livingston Parish School Superintendent Joe Murphy addresses a crowd that gathered to celebration the new classroom building at Seventh Ward Elementary.  Murphy told attendees that Livingston Parish Schools is expanding and growing across all communities in the parish.

Seventh Ward Elementary Principal Laura Dunlap welcomes school officials and guests to her campus to celebrate the school’s new classroom building.

Seventh Ward Elementary Principal Laura Dunlap welcomes school officials and guests to her campus to celebrate the school’s new classroom building.

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