Mayfair Lab School looks likes it will have enough room for all of its students, including its first class of eighth-graders.
The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board on Thursday gave tentative approval to buying a new four-classroom temporary building for the magnet school. The board is expected to agree at its regular meeting Thursday to buy the building for an estimated cost of $695,000, and install it in time for the start of the 2018-19 school year in August.
Mayfair Lab opened in 2013 and is modeled after the better known LSU Lab School, which has a contract to oversee the school.
Mayfair Lab started with grades kindergarten to third and has been adding a grade at a time. It’s set to top out in the 2018-19 school year with two sections of eighth grade.
“At this point, we’re full,” said Principal Christa Bordelon Leon. “There’s not enough space" to add any additional students once the new sections of eighth graders move into the temporary classrooms.
The new classrooms, to be located just behind the main campus, will allow the school to offer a range of elective and advanced courses for eighth-graders, Leon said.
Mayfair Lab, 9880 Hyacinth Ave., is a candidate to be torn down and rebuilt for an estimated $35 million. Leon said the current thinking is to add more sections in all grades so that the school, which has about 400 students, can expand its enrollment.