BR officials break ground on new Lee High School campus
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Right now, construction crews are beginning the foundation on what will be the new Lee High School, and Thursday, dozens of people came together to celebrate.
City officials, Lee High alumni, and future students came together for the groundbreaking ceremony. The $54 million campus will have three academic buildings with one common building. Officials said this new magnet school has been a long time coming, and they hope it will bring the community together.
"It's a great day. It's a time for reflection, but it's also a time for growth. It's a time take the nay-sayers and doubters, and basically said if you would give us a small chance, we can change the whole future of Baton Rouge around," said Mayor of Baton Rouge Kip Holden.
"It's so exciting, and it's also another step in our fulfillment to the taxpayers of East Baton Rouge Parish. They paid for this. This is the kind of facilities and the kind of results that they wanted. So it's a really really exciting time for all of us," said David Tatman, president of East Baton Rouge Parish School Board.
"There's a lot that seems to divide us, but it's so nice to be here on something that we are united on together to make this happen," said Louisiana State Senator Dan Claitor.
Construction of the new campus is set to be finished by January of 2016.