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Groundbreaking
Education officials along with state and federal recovery partners break ground in June 2008 at the Langston Hughes Elementary School site in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans.
Construction
Construction at Langston Hughes Elementary in June 2009.
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Construction at Langston Hughes Elementary in June 2009.
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Construction at Langston Hughes Elementary in June 2009.
Construction
Langston Hughes Elementary opened its doors in Aug. 2009. The state-of-the-art 90,000-sq-ft school provides classrooms equipped with the technology for 21st Century learning.
Construction
The school provides classrooms equipped with the technology for 21st Century learning, carefully conceived Special Education areas, an impressive media center, a spacious gym, and full cafeteria.
Construction
The total cost of constructing Langston Hughes Elementary will be $27 million.
Langston Hughes Students
Gov. Jindal chats with the students of Langston Hughes Elementary at the school’s grand opening on Aug. 25, 2009.
Jindal Conversing
Gov. Jindal chats with Chrisean Mitchell, a first grade student, at the school’s grand opening event on Aug. 25, 2009.
Ribbon Cutting
With help from the students, Tony Miller, Deputy Secretary of Education, cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of Langston Hughes Elementary on Aug. 25, 2009. Also participating in the ribbon cutting are (far left) Paul Vallas, Recovery School District Superintendent; La. Gov. Bobby Jindal, Miller, and Darryl Kilbert, Orleans Parish School Board Superintendent.
Student Artwork
Louisiana Recovery Authority Executive Director Paul Rainwater accepts artwork from 1st grader Chrisean Mitchell. The artwork was created by 3rd grader Jameka Miller.
Student Artwork
FEMA’s Louisiana Transitional Recovery Office Acting Director Tony Russell accepts artwork from Langston Hughes student. The artwork was created by 6th grader William Miller.
Langston Hughes Construction Finished
Langston Hughes Elementary, one of the Recovery School District's new schools in New Orleans
Flooded Lacoste
All of the schools in St. Bernard Parish were severely damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, including LaCoste Elementary on Judge Perez Dr. in Chalmette.
9th Grade Academy
After Katrina, LaCoste Elementary was demolished and three public high schools were consolidated into the existing Chalmette High School campus, thus creating the new 9th Grade Academy.

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