LIVINGSTON, La. (BRPROUD) – As of October, students in Livingston Parish are one step closer to enjoying expanded educational opportunities in brand new facilities.

Earlier in the month, local official gathered in both Watson and Albany for groundbreaking ceremonies, according to a Monday (October 17) news release from Livingston Parish Schools..

In Watson, the groundbreaking for the new Live Oak High School Institute of Medicine, Aviation & the Arts was held October 5 on school grounds.

Live Oak High School Principal Beth Jones said the new institute will direct students towards STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) related areas of education by offering introductory material in the fields of medicine, aviation, and the arts.

Stuart & Company General Contractors, LLC, was selected to oversee the construction project.

The new institute will be named in honor of the district’s current Career & Technical Education Coordinator, Staci Polozola.

A few days after this ceremony, on October 10, a similar event took place in Albany.

Local education leaders attended a “brick breaking” for a new cafeteria in Albany Lower Elementary and Albany Upper Elementary.

Livingston Schools says, “the new cafeteria will be constructed with funds gained from a newly approved half-cent sales tax in the Albany School District. Voters approved the funding measure earlier this year.”

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