KINGSTON ELEMENTARY TO BECOME BOSSIER PARISH’S NEWEST SCHOOL
Despite the driving rain and soggy ground, residents, business and community leaders were upbeat as they huddled under a tent November 22 to commemorate the groundbreaking of the newest school in Bossier Parish.
When Kingston Elementary opens its doors to as many as 1,000 students in Fall 2015, it will provide relief to Benton and Legacy Elementary Schools, both of which are overcrowded. Keith Norwood, Bossier Schools’ Supervisor of Planning and Construction, said the new school will absorb 200 students from Benton Elementary and more than 400 from Legacy.
Over the last decade, the Bossier Parish School System has seen continual spikes in enrollment. In 2012, there were 21,242 students attending Bossier public schools; this academic year, that number has grown to more than 22,000.
Kingston Elementary is the first new school to be built as the result of voter support of a 2012 bond issue. Faced with a growing student population and overcrowding, Bossier Parish residents approved the restructuring of $210 million in bonds, enabling the school system to embark on a 10-year construction and expansion program.
“Bossier Parish Schools are partners in this community, and Kingston Elementary will continue that tradition of neighborhood schools,” D.C. Machen, Superintendent of Bossier Schools, told the crowd at the groundbreaking. “We would like to thank all of our partners that make Bossier Parish such an excellent place to live and work.”
The next groundbreaking is anticipated to take place in February, when construction of the Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning begins. To see a comprehensive overview of all construction and expansion projects, go to http://www.bossierschools2012.com.
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