Photo provided by Emily Beck Cogburn -- The new Baker School Board buildling.

More than 120 people packed the new school district office building on Tuesday for the first meeting of the Baker School Board in its new office in the former Graves Chevrolet property at 14750 Plank Road.

The school district purchased the 3.4-acre property for $1.1 million in March. The district has budgeted $150,000 to renovate the long-empty car dealership.

About 23 school district employees are already working in the main 7,000-square-foot building, Superintendent Ulysses Joseph said.

Renovations are not complete, he added. Some roofing repairs still need to be done on the main building and work has not yet begun on the other two buildings located on the property.

The larger of the two remaining buildings will be used to house pupil assessment, transportation and food service workers.

The district has not yet decided how to use the smallest building, Joseph said.

Formerly, the district offices were located behind the Whitney Bank on Ray Weiland Drive. The lease on that building expired in March.

The unusually large crowd at Tuesday’s meeting mostly consisted of students, and their families, being recognized for scoring mastery or advanced on the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program, or LEAP and iLEAP tests.

The board also honored Baker Heights Elementary School fifth-grader Jayla Sims, who achieved a perfect score in mathematics on the LEAP test.

In other business, the board designated Nov. 4 as an in-service day for faculty and staff and a holiday for students. Board member Elaine Davis said the Baker schools will be used for voting that day and, for safety reasons, students should not be on campus.