School begins for students in St. Martin as construction projects continue

Posted at 7:41 AM, Aug 14, 2018

St. Martin Parish students and teachers head back to school today. Ahead of that first day, we caught up with superintendent Lottie Beebe to get an update on the dozens of projects going on around the parish.

It may look like there’s no end in sight, but superintendent Lottie Beebe says they’re more than ready for students to come back to Teche Elementary.

“We are going to be ready to accept the children on August 14th,” says Beebe.

Since June 30th, construction crews have been spread across st. martin parish—working on 64 million dollars worth of projects.

“We are appreciative to our tax players for their support of our public schools. The fact is, we’re affording our students and educators to learn in environments conducive to teaching and learning.”

$65.4 million has been allocated to complete several projects at schools across the parish. Among those currently underway: cafeterias, libraries, gyms and concrete driveways.

Despite the construction, Bebee reiterates, “great things are happening in St. Martin Parish School system.”

And while St. Martin Parish is still facing a teacher shortage, having to employ about 19 uncertified teachers to fill the classrooms, Beebe says the district is making strides and hoping to boost their letter grade from a “B” district to an “A” one.

KATC’s Abby Breidenbach was LIVE this morning at Cecilia High School speaking with school officials about these projects and more.

Today, students at Cecilia High School will be welcomed by a new principal, who also happens to be the first female principal in the school’s history.