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Bossier Schools on the grow: 10-year expansion plan begins with W.T. Lewis

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The new wing at W.T. Lewis is expected to be completed and ready for occupancy in time for the 2014 school year to begin in August. The new wing at W.T. Lewis is expected to be completed and ready for occupancy in time for the 2014 school year to begin in August.
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

Ground was broken Wednesday morning at W.T. Lewis Elementary school to make more room for students in the growing North Bossier area.

Bossier Schools superintendent D.C. Machen says the need for expansion at W.T. Lewis shows just how fast the area is growing. "The growth in Bossier Parish is continuing at a rapid pace that we're already at the point where we're adding a new wing on a school that's less than 5 years old."

The new wing is expected to be completed and ready for occupancy in time for the 2014 school year to begin in August.

It's the first construction project to get under way in a 10-year, $210 million plan to expand Bossier schools, which voters approved in April 2012 to address all that growth.

Bossier Schools Public Relations Liaison Sonja Bailes says the Bossier Parish school system is the fastest-growing in North Louisiana, at the rate of a new elementary school every other year, based on about 400 new students each year. Student enrollment for 2012-13 was 21,650. It was 21,242 the year before.
 
Construction is expected to begin on three new schools in North Bossier Parish sometime at the beginning of 2014.

That includes a new Kingston Elementary School and a new Haughton Middle School that will be a 3-story facility built for 1,500 students. Bailes says a new 110,000 square foot Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning will also be built on Swan Lake Rd., adjacent to W.T. Lewis, and focus on career and technical education.

A modular wing will be moved from Benton Elementary School to Airline, which Bailes says students will use until work is completed on a new wing there.

According to Bailes, most of the work for the first 5 years of the 10-year plan will focus on the fast-growing North Bossier area, as the construction of the new Parkway High School addressed much of the growth in South Bossier. But focus will return to addressing growth in South Bossier and Benton in 5 or 6 years, when the plan calls for a possible new elementary school on land that will back up to the new South Bossier park being built by the Bossier Parish Police Jury.

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