School Officials "Rolling Up Sleeves" to Open Temporary Campus for Denham Springs Elementary of Monday

School Officials "Rolling Up Sleeves" to Open Temporary Campus for Denham Springs Elementary on Monday
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For Immediate Release – Feb. 2, 2016

Contact: Superintendent Rick Wentzel at 225-686-7044 or, or Delia Taylor, APR, at 225-931-0285 or


School Officials “Rolling Up Sleeves” to Open Temporary Campus for Denham Springs Elementary on Monday


‚Äč            LIVINGSTON, La. – Superintendent Rick Wentzel said school officials, staff, teachers and volunteers will be working diligently over the next four days to ready the new temporary campus for Denham Springs Elementary to receive students and employees on Monday, Feb. 6.


The new temporary campus is located next to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Hatchell Lane.  It will serve as the school’s new campus, as officials work to repair the flood damage to the original campus.


“Welcoming the school’s students and staff to a site that is all their own is a priority for the district right now,” Wentzel said.  “Despite weather delays and other challenges that have slowed our efforts, we are moving full steam ahead to open this campus on Monday.”


Wentzel noted that the last section of concrete for the campus was poured on Wednesday, and construction on canopies and walkways are being done today.  He said cafeteria equipment, furniture and desks will be put in place by Saturday, and the State Fire Marshall is scheduled to visit that day to give his final inspection of the campus. 


He noted that many of the teacher’s classroom resources are already boxed and on site, but the school’s faculty and staff, as well as many volunteers, are planning to be on the temporary campus this weekend to put final touches on their classrooms.


“We still have a lot of work to do, but at this point, we see no reason why we can’t open this school on Monday,” Wentzel said.  “To get the job done, we’re just going to roll up our sleeves and do what it takes to make this happen.”


The Livingston Parish Public School System is still working with flood recovery experts to assess the structural damage of the Denham Springs Elementary campus on Range Avenue.  Many of the buildings on that campus are 30 to 40 years old, and their repair and restoration involve many issues.


In the meantime, the church entered into a zero-dollar lease with the district, allowing it to use approximately four acres of church property located south of its building complex.  School officials have improved infrastructure access to the property to better manage bus and carpool drop-off and pick-ups, routing traffic from Hatchell Lane to Maple Drive, and then to Adoration Lane, where traffic with enter the campus.


Parents of Denham Springs Elementary students will be receiving information on the transition to the new temporary campus this week.  Additional information on school times across the district and flood recovery efforts is located at



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