- Associated Press - Sunday, March 30, 2014

RACELAND, La. (AP) - Construction of the new Raceland Lower Elementary School is still on schedule for completion in January despite the wet winter.

Project architect Skipper Holloway told The Daily Comet (https://bit.ly/1h9LcrQ) that work on the $11.7 million project is about 30 percent complete.

“The weather conditions have extended into our spring and that has caused a little bit of problem with the mud on the building, but we’re still on schedule and they’re working on the site,” Holloway said.

He said work has been finished on the roof structure and the metal deck and is proceeding on walls.

Construction of the 55,683-square-foot building began in June 2013. The school, being built behind the existing Raceland Upper School on Louisiana Highway 308, will have 30 classrooms, a computer lab and a cafeteria-auditorium. There will be a separate mechanical services building.

The existing decades-old lower elementary school is overcrowded and there is no room at the site for expansion.

School Superintendent Jo Ann Matthews said she’s happy with progress to date on the new building.

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Information from: Daily Comet, https://www.dailycomet.com

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