By Beth Donze, Clarion Herald
A two-story addition to St. Pius X Elementary School in New Orleans will provide beautiful new dedicated spaces for students’ enrichment and core studies in art, music, computer, library and science.
“It’s a creative space that all of our students will be able to access,” said Deirdre Macnamara, school principal, noting that new first-floor placement of classrooms for art, music, computer and library means that even students in St. Pius X’s youngest grades will be able to receive instruction at the same location, rather than teachers having to go to them.
The first floor will also house administrative offices, formerly located in the Multi-Purpose Room, Macnamara said.
Two state-of-the-art science labs grace the new building’s second floor, each featuring student work stations (equipped with water and electricity) and teachers’ stations (offering access to water, electricity and gas).
“There are lots of windows in the new building that take advantage of the beautiful green space that we’re surrounded by, and the ceilings are open – so there’s a modern twist to the construction,” Macnamara said.
Features, such as “funky” wall colors and modular seating and work spaces, add visual appeal, she said.
“It will be a fun and very creative space for our students,” Macnamara said.
The new building also means that students and campus visitors will have a more visible main entrance to St. Pius X School, Macnamara said. Although the school’s physical address will remain the same – 6600 Spanish Fort Blvd. – drivers approaching campus from the linear stretch of Spanish Fort Boulevard will turn right rather than left when they reach the curving part of the Lake Vista street.
A blessing of the new building will follow the 9:15 a.m. school Mass on Aug. 21, with Archbishop Gregory Aymond serving as principal celebrant alongside Father Patrick Williams, pastor of St. Pius X Church.
St. Pius X parishioners, school parents, alumni and friends are invited to view the building at a Sunday afternoon open house slated for Aug. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m.
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