The school year is just getting underway for students in Albany but some areas look a little different this year.
Albany Lower Elementary now has a new building that has 16 classrooms and a 60-station computer lab for its first and second graders.
The estimated cost of that project was $2.6 million.
Funding for the project came from Livingston Parish School District reserve.
When talking with the principal, she said before the space, there were many challenges.
“We had a huge need. We had one set of student bathrooms that all of our students went to. We had to trek across campus to go to the computer lab. Now we have first and second grade for the first time ever have a hall and it’s air conditioned. Right across from each grade we have student bathrooms, teacher bathrooms and our computer lab is right across the hall,” says Principal Kathy Rodosta.
Albany High School also received a new building with 12 classrooms along with a renovated library that estimated around $2.3 million totaling both projects to nearly 5 million dollars.