BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - Airline High School in Bossier Parish will soon see an expansion for the first time in 51 years. The high school is the biggest school in Bossier and it is near capacity.
School leaders broke ground on the two new three story academic wings Thursday afternoon. The wings will be built to hold 2,000 students and will also have a state of the art media center and library.
The existing library is expected to be turned into an academic/media center.
School Spokesman Sonja Bailes says the new wings will replace the existing E and F wings, which are currently 2 stories and have small classrooms that are not handicap accessible.
According to Bailes, the new wings will add in the ballpark of 25 spacious classrooms and will be handicap accessible.
"Airline High School was built back in 1964, so for several years, it's held its own, but it is time we bring some new growth into the school," said Bossier School Superintendent DC Machen.
"With the population expanding as it is, we felt it was time to expand the facilities, we had to meet that need," said Machen.
The total cost for the Airline High School renovations are $18.6 million. The money for this project is provided a $210 million bond approved by voters in 2012.
All construction here is expected to be completed by summer of 2017.