Beauty revealed in CHS renovationsSep 9th, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: News
Chalmette High School is currently undergoing major renovations. The campus, which was inundated with water during Hurricane Katrina, received some severe damage but was still able to reopen as a functioning school after some reconstruction efforts were taken.
Now, eight years later, the school is taking the necessary steps to remodel this campus and bring it up to par with the rest of the new schools in the Parish. Chalmette High School will be receiving a major overhaul that will include all new plumbing and electrical, as well as totally redone exterior walls—the interior walls will remain the same.
A new cafeteria has already been completed, as well as several new classrooms located above the cafeteria, and the construction crews are working hard to give facelifts to all of the existing classrooms, too.
The main campus is also equipped with a fully operational health center—staffed with several part time doctors and nurse practitioners “that provide everything from vaccinations and eye care, to dental work,” said Principal Wayne Warner.
“We have a wonderful team here, that really cares about the health of our students.” “With the help of the Methodist Foundation we are able to provide medical services to students through this health center,” said Warner.
Once complete, the campus will also include a new main office, along with a new secured entrance. All students and visitors will be required to enter throughout this main entrance to gain access to the campus— something that can already be seen at the ninth grade academy located across the street from the main building.
The Academy, completed in 2009 and connected to the main campus by a sky bridge, houses Chalmette High’s freshman class as well as two theaters, two dance studios, a temporary band room, classrooms, an olympic- sized swimming pool, a gym, and several auxiliary rooms and computer labs. It is one of the many shining examples of progress being undertaken by the Parish’s public school system and serves as a guide to the renovation of CHS’s main campus.
“I never thought I would get the chance to see something like this,” said Warner. “I hope that future students will be able to appreciate everything that is being provided to them.”
The purpose of this divided campus is to allow incoming freshman to have a transition period before entering into the main campus. Having a separate campus for the freshmen provides these incoming students with time to adjust to a new curriculum and a new schedule.It makes for a smoother transition between middle school and high school.
This split method has “reduced our failure rates by two-thirds” because it allows for teachers to easily assess students that are having difficulties learning certain subjects, and gives them a chance to work with the student’s other teachers to figure out ways to improve that student’s understanding of the material, expressed Warner.
“This school is truly an amazing place,” said Assistant Principal Carole Mundt. “Though the current construction is a headache now, the end result is going to be wonderful. I’m really excited to see the finished product.”