GONZALES — Construction continues on expansions to Prairieville Middle School but may not be completed quite in time for the coming school year, School Board members learned Tuesday night.
The contractor, Ellis Construction of New Orleans, is pushing to finish the work by August, but it may be September before the two-story classroom addition, new library and offices are complete, Chad Lynch, planning and construction director for the School Board, said at a meeting of the board’s Facility Management Committee.
Work has been delayed due to rain and typical construction issues, Lynch said.
“It’ll be a letdown” if students aren’t in the new classrooms by August, Lynch said, but if need be, students can begin the next school year in the present classrooms, Lynch said.
Prairieville Middle got a new kitchen and cafeteria last school year, in Phase 1 of renovations, with Phase 2 underway now.
The approximately $13 million renovation and expansion of the school, which opened in 1959, was funded by a 2009 bond issue.
The school, which has approximately 900 students, will keep its original band hall and gym and two classroom buildings, Melissa DeFee, the construction manager for the project, said after the meeting.
After construction is complete, several of the older classroom buildings will be torn down, she said.
Also on Tuesday, the School Board met new administrators for the coming year.
Marguerite Ruiz will be transferring from Prairieville Middle, where she was assistant principal, to be assistant principal at St. Amant Primary.
Matt Geraci will be transferring from Donaldsonville High, where he was assistant principal, to be assistant principal at Prairieville Middle.
Also, Pam Hughes, the former lead teacher for special education at Pecan Grove Primary, has been named assistant principal at that school.
Edith Walker, the former principal at Dutchtown High, has been named to a district supervisor role as an instructional leadership partner.