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Lafayette elementary destroyed in 2016 flood set to reopen in fall

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Students at Westside Elementary will be back at its original location this upcoming school year.

Crews are finishing up renovations inside the school and are expected to reopen in the fall.

In August of 2016, the school sustained extensive damage from the widespread flood event experienced throughout Acadiana. The school system chose to repair Westside rather than replace it with a new facility. After considering both options, the school system administration, along with consulting architects and engineers, determined they could transform the existing facility into a brand new school for less cost and in a shorter time than opting for an entirely new structure.

Currently, students are being bused to N.P. Moss Preparatory School and Scott Middle School.
School officials say they're excited for teachers and students to see the major changes.

"And although we consider it a renovation, it's almost like building a new school," said Joe Craig, Chief Administrative Officer, LPSS.  "It's really nice, the rooms - they've done updated lighting and we've got cinder block construction. I think the community is going to be excited when they see Westside open up again."

Westside Elementary closed until 2018

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