Livingston Schools hold groundbreaking, “brick breaking” on new construction projects | Education







LOHS Groundbreaking

Those attending the groundbreaking ceremony for the new LOHS Institute of Medicine, Aviation & The Arts were, pictured, left to right, Assistant Superintendent Bruce Chaffin, Assistant Superintendent Jody Purvis, Chris Bankston of Gasaway, Gasaway, Bankston Architects, Duane Mizell of Stuart & Company General Contractors, Superintendent Joe Murphy, LOHS Principal Beth Jones, LOHS Student Sylvia White, School Board Member Kellee Hennessy Dickerson, State Representative Valarie Hodges and Monica Perez of Gasaway, Gasaway, Bankston Architects.




LIVINGSTON, La. – Livingston Parish School officials recently traveled from one side of Livingston Parish to the other to hold ceremonies on two campuses to mark the start of construction on new facilities.







New LOHS Institute of Medicine, Aviation & the Arts

Those attending the groundbreaking for the new LOHS Institute of Medicine, Aviation & the Arts were, pictured left to right, Duane Mizell of Stuart & Company General Contractors, Chris Bankston of Gasaway, Gasaway, Bankston Architects; Monica Perez of Gasaway, Gasaway, Bankston Architects, Livingston Parish School Board member Kellee Hennessy Dickerson, LOHS student Sylvia White, LOHS Principal Beth Jones, Assistant Superintendent Jody Purvis, Superintendent Joe Murphy and Assistant Superintendent Bruce Chaffin.




A groundbreaking for the new Live Oak High School Institute of Medicine, Aviation & the Arts in the Watson community was held on the school grounds on October 5, along with a “brick breaking” for a new cafeteria for Albany Lower Elementary and Albany Upper Elementary, which located in the city of Albany, was held in the existing cafeteria on October 10.

“It’s exciting to see the plans we have to address the needs of our district come to fruition,” Superintendent Joe Murphy said. “The needs met by these two projects demonstrate the broad spectrum of care provided to our students. Livingston Schools is committed to meeting the needs of the whole child – from daily nutrition to enhanced learning opportunities.”

Live Oak High School Principal Beth Jones said the new institute on her campus will focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning areas offering introductory materials in medicine, aviation and the arts. Jones said the new institute will be named after the district’s current Career & Technical Education Coordinator Staci Polozola.







Live Oak event

Livingston Parish School Board member Kellee Dickerson addressed a gathering of school officials, students, teachers and Watson community members who gathered Oct. 5 for a groundbreaking ceremony commemorating the start of construction for Live Oak High School’s Institute of Medicine, Aviation & the Arts.




Watson Area School Board member Kellee Dickerson thanked school officials and Gasaway, Gasaway, Bankston Architects for also designing a new facade for the high school, which will be erected during construction of the new STEM building. Stuart & Company General Contractors, LLC, will oversee construction.







Albany Cafeteria

Food service technicians who work in the school cafeteria serving students at Albany Lower Elementary and Albany Upper Elementary gathered for the on-site ceremony announcing the construction of a new, larger cafeteria for the two schools. Pictured left to right are: Crystal Stewart, Sandra Caldwell, Rachell Moriarity, Tandra Arbour, Jenny Bertrand, Jodie Clark, Chloe Guidry, Lynnette Glascock and Bonnie DiGiovanni.




Albany School Board Member Dr. Devin Gregoire welcomed school officials and staff to break down part of the brick wall supporting the current cafeteria for the two Albany elementary schools to celebrate the construction of a new larger cafeteria for the two schools.







Nutrition for children

Director of Child Nutrition Programs Sommer Purvis addresses school officials, cafeteria workers, staff and students attending Albany Lower Elementary and Albany Upper Elementary during a ceremony celebrating the construction of a new, larger cafeteria for the two schools. Purvis noted that her mother, she and her son all came through the food service line at the existing facility during their years at the local school.




“Right now, the scheduled lunch times for these schools have to start very early. I to give all students access to the cafeteria. By expanding the facility, we will be able to create a rotation schedule that better fits their day. At the same time, we will give our child nutrition staff a updated, modern workspace,” said Gregoire.







"Brick Breaking"

The school food technicians who work in the cafeteria for Albany Lower Elementary and Albany Upper Elementary participated in the “brick breaking” ceremony to celebrate the construction of a new larger cafeteria. Pictured left to right are: Food Technicians Jodie Clark, Chloe Guidry and Rachell Moriarty, School Board Member Dr. Devin Gregoire, Albany Upper Elementary Principal Jo Jean Saucier, Food Technicians Sandra Caldwell and Tandra Arbour, Director of Child Nutrition Programs Sommer Purvis, Food Technician Crystal Stewart, Albany Lower Elementary Principal Robin Stewart and Food Technicians Jenny Bertrand, Lynnette Glascock, Larrilyn Owens and Bonnie DiGiovanni.










Albany "Brick Breaking"

School leaders and building officials participating in the brick breaking ceremony for the new cafeteria at Albany Lower Elementary and Albany Upper Elementary schools included, from left to right: School Board Member Bo Graham, Architect Chris Bankston, Director of Maintenance and Albany Town Alderman Jeremy Glascock, school board members Jan Benton and Cecil Harris, assistant superintendents Bruce Chaffin and Jody Purvis, school board member Dr. Devin Gregoire, Superintendent Joe Murphy, Albany Upper Elementary Principal Jo Jean Saucier, Albany Lower Elementary Principal Robin Stewart, Child Nutrition Program Director Sommer Purvis and entrepreneur John Blount.




He noted that the new cafeteria will be built with funds obtained from a recently approved half-cent sales tax in the Albany School District. Voters approved the funding measure earlier this year.

Gasaway, Gasaway, Bankston Architects is designing the project and John Blount Contractors will oversee construction.

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