By Josh Beavers
Passersby this summer may have noticed work crews busy around Richardson Elementary since school let out in June.
The work is part of the bond issue local voters approved in 2019.
Improvements being made include a new HVAC system, as well as new windows and replacement of most doors. There is also a new roof going on as well as intercom replacement and electrical work. Restrooms are getting a makeover and safety upgrades are being made as well.
Principal Michelle Finley said all of the upgrades will be good for students because there will now be a more reliable heater and AC for Louisiana extreme temperature fluctuations and many other factors that will help students learn and grow.
“It will be a brighter campus for students,” Finley told The Journal. “This is about maintenance of a very old building and making the most of what we have and having a comfortable place for students to learn and grow.”
School begins soon, and we asked Finley what are some of the things she is looking forward to for the start of the new year.
“[We are looking forward to] more interaction with students and parents, working together to improve school climate and culture, an excitement for teaching and learning, helping students to achieve their absolute best and celebrate their achievements,” she said.
As for a message to the community, Finley said, “We are looking forward to the start of a great school year beginning August 12th for students. We have many exciting things happening in our district and are making plans for daily intervention and the implementation of our new school calendar. Having a strong relationship with our parents and community is essential in the success of E. S. Richardson Elementary and the students that we serve.”