School board officials, parents, students, faculty and staff celebrated the completion of Lake Pontchartrain Elementary School with a ribbon cutting and dedication on Jan. 6.
The new approximately 100,000-square-foot building can accommodate 800 students on the site of the former campus. The school has been elevated 4 feet to avoid future flooding problems like the ones caused by Hurricane Isaac.
The new school boasts computer and science labs, art and band rooms, a cafetorium and a gym. The new school also features numerous safety features such as single entry into the building once school is in session, security cameras, automatically locking classroom doors and dual drop off points for buses and cars.
During the ribbon cutting, parents and students were able to tour the new campus ahead of their return to school on Jan. 8.