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New classroom wing opens at W. T. Lewis Elementary

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School children and officials celebrate the opening of a new classroom wing Friday at W. T. Lewis Elementary School in Bossier Parish. School children and officials celebrate the opening of a new classroom wing Friday at W. T. Lewis Elementary School in Bossier Parish.
BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

Officials broke ground Friday afternoon on an expansion of W. T. Lewis Elementary School in Bossier City.

The school's new classroom wing has been completed as part of a 10-year, $210 million bond construction program to expand Bossier schools. The extra space will allow for more pupils and since it has been finished now, teachers will be able to move into the new classrooms before this school year ends.

The Bossier Parish school district is the fastest growing school system in North Louisiana, adding a new elementary school every other year. That equates to about 400 new pupils each year, according to schools spokesman Sonja Bailes.

As of now, student enrollment is more than 22,000, Bailes said.

Bailes said other projects in the school system's plan are already underway, including a new Kingston Elementary School and a new 110,000- square-foot Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning. That school will also be built on Swan Lake Rd., adjacent to W. T. Lewis. and will focus on career and technical education.

Both of those schools are scheduled to be open by fall, Bailes said.

The school system's next project will be work this summer at Airline High School. A new Haughton Middle School is also planned. That project will be a 3-story facility built for 1,500 students.

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