Denham Springs Elementary temporary campus opens

State Farms agents make $5,000 donation to the school
When students, teachers and staff of Denham Springs Elementary School walked onto to their new temporary campus for February 6, it brought all of them back together for the first time since the original campus on Range Ave. flooded on August 13, 2016. The school suffered some of the worst flooding and severe damage of all the schools in the Livingston Parish School System, and students had to be dispersed to various other locations until the temporary school could be arranged.
“Welcoming the school’s students and staff to a site that is all their own has been a priority for the district,” Superintendent Rick Wentzel said. “Despite weather delays and other challenges that slowed our efforts, we managed to roll up our sleeves and open the campus in a timely manner.”
cashThe campus next to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Hatchell Lane, is the last of three temporary campuses constructed by the district to accommodate students whose schools remain closed due to the flood.
Wentzel said the district is working with flood recovery experts to assess the structural damage of the Denham Springs Elementary campus on Range Avenue.
Many of the buildings on that campus are 50+ years old, and their repair and restoration involve many issues that have to be studied to see if it is both possible and cost-effective to consider rebuilding or if they should be demolished.
Denham Springs Elementary was the recipient of a generous donation when State Farm Insurance agents from around the state presented a check for $5,000. This donation will be used to help replace supplies, equipment and other educational resources that were destroyed when the campus flooded.

FEMA announces cost of flood recovery assistance to the Livingston Parish school system
Louisiana schools have received approximately $60 million in public assistance to recover from last August’s flood, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recently announced. According to the report released by the Livingston Parish School Board Feb. 17, Livingston Parish has received nearly half the money awarded thus far, because of extensive damage in the parish. FEMA announced the following:
• $17.5 million to clean and remove flood damage from the following schools: Denham Springs Elementary, Denham Springs Freshman High, Denham Springs High, Doyle Elementary, Holden School, Springfield Elementary, Denham Springs Junior High, Freshwater Elementary, Northside Elementary, Lewis Vincent Elementary, Live Oak High, Seventh Ward Elementary, Southside Elementary, Southside Junior High, Walker Freshman High and Westside Junior High.
• $3.3 million for temporary facilities for Denham Springs Elementary, located next to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
• $6.6 million for temporary facilities for Southside Elementary, located behind Juban Parc Elementary School; and Southside Junior High, located behind Juban Parc Junior High.
•$200,000 for temporary chairs, tables and room dividers for schools accommodating displaced students.
School officials note the totals announced by FEMA do not include other construction and material costs that have been paid by the local school system or provided through donations.