Baker High School has been vacant since the flood of 2016, but now plans are moving forward to get the school back up and running.
Manning Architects representative Jonathan House presented a rendering of what the new school would like during Tuesday night’s school board meeting.
More than $20 million has been approved for construction and renovation.
Baker High students have been housed at the middle school since 2016, middle school students moved to the elementary school and two of the elementary schools have been merged into one.
The new school will be designed to hold 700 students. Current enrollment stands at around 500.
Old structures will be demolished and bring buildings above the flood plain.
Baker School District Superintendent Dr. Herman Brister says students and staff have been extremely patient through this process and they’re excited about the new building.
Brister hopes to have a ribbon-cutting by the end of the year and begin construction by early 2020.
Construction is expected to take 16-18 months to complete.