School System Dedicates New Terrytown School

The Jefferson Parish Public School System will hold a dedication and unveiling ceremony for its new Terrytown Elementary School on February 10.

The 75,000 square-foot state-of-the art elementary school has been under construction since March 2010.  Immediately following the dedication ceremony, tours of the new building will be provided.

The striking design of the new school conveys the strength of Terrytown’s rebound following Hurricane Katrina on the outside with unique dynamics in the interior. The building can support the growing Terrytown community.

Located near the TerrytownPlayground, the two-story school consists of a large atrium that serves as a focal point of the building.

The new school was funded in part by a $22.7 million obligation from FEMA and insurance proceeds. The funds allowed the school system to make a complete replacement of the school, as well as new work necessary to comply with codes and standards upgrades.

Since Katrina-related damages at Terrytown Elementary School’s campus surpassed a 50 percent damage threshold, FEMA previously determined the school was eligible for replacement funding. The federal agency also approved the school system’s improved project request, enabling the addition of a physical education facility at the new school.

FEMA has provided the JPPSS with more than $118 million in public assistance funding to date for recovery work related to hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Construction of the new Terrytown Elementary School was completed in August 2011.