East St. John High School students still stuck learning off campus
POSTED: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 10:24am
RESERVE, LA (NBC33) — Students at East St. John High School are getting ready to head back to school, but for the second year in row classes will be held off campus. Most of the school was destroyed during Hurricane Isaac. Now students and parents are wondering what's taking so long to fix the school.
"As a parent you know I'm concerned. I kind of wish they would get everything started," Kevin Allen, father of an ESJH student, stated.
When Kevin Allen looks at his daughters high school he sees a ghost town. Hurricane Isaac messed up every building on campus accept the freshmen annex. Allen hoped after almost a year the school would be fixed.
Allen said he hasn't seen anyone even trying to rebuild the school.
"Pretty much slow real slow," Allen described. "They had enough time to get things started. They kind of need to get the ball rolling with it."
St John the Baptist Parish School System officials say part of the problem is picking the right contractor to do the job.
The company they originally granted the disaster management contract to fix the school backed out.
Now the school system is back to square one. Kevin George, St. John the Baptist Parish School System Superintendent, explained the School Board will host a meeting Thursday to select a new contractor.
"We're going to discuss that and make it final on Thursday. Once that is done work will begin as soon as humanly possible," George said.
George says for now freshmen will stay at the high school's freshmen annex off Airline Hwy. The other grades will go to class at the Leon Godchaux Junior High campus on River Road.
ESJH students say they're tired of trying to learn in temporary classrooms.
"Yeah it frustrate me a little bit, because I expected to be back at our school," Raekwon McKnight, ESJH sophomore, said. "I don't want to be at trailer I really don't want to be in a trailer."
"They say the school is supposed to be finished by my junior year, so I expect it to be finished by then. But, I don't see no progress," McKnight said.
George says the new contractor will be picked a public meeting Thursday Aug. 8. That meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. at the school boards office in Reserve.