Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School announced Monday afternoon that it will return in January to its home on St. Gerard Avenue where classrooms and offices will be in seven newly installed temporary buildings after the school was destroyed in the 2016 flood.
Leaders of Baton Rouge’s newest Catholic high school had hoped to move back to north Baton Rouge by now, but were delayed as negotiations with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for flood reimbursement took longer than planned. Construction of the new temporary campus is expected to be complete by mid-November. The rest of November and December will be used to prepare the campus for the return of students and staff, according to the announcement.
Cristo Rey, which is part of a network of 32 Catholic high schools in 21 states, had opened its doors at the former home of Redemptorist High School in early August 2016, just days before the flooding.
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Over the past 14 months, Cristo Rey has held classes in unoccupied space owned by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation at the Bon Carré Technology Center, two miles south on Florida Boulevard. During that time, the old Redemptorist facility was demolished.
The Chicago-based Cristo Rey network, led by the Jesuit order, has earned national recognition for its uncommon educational approach: Its students work off campus at a white-collar job at least one full day each week.
Cristo Rey’s Baton Rouge school currently has 116 ninth and 10th grade students enrolled. It plans to grow to about 400 students in all high school grades.
Two of the new buildings will each house 20 classrooms. The other buildings will have administrative offices, the school’s corporate work study program, a combination cafeteria and auditorium, a teacher’s workroom and a student services center.
“We are eager to get our students back into a normal school setting with appropriate classroom facilities and outdoor space for student activities that the campus provides,” said Brian Moscona, Cristo Rey’s president.