School board takes forward steps concerning Kentwood High
Kentwood High School was set on fire early Friday morning, December 12. Two young suspects have been arrested in connection with the fire. The Tangipahoa Parish School Board released information Friday that the school would be closed and re-open on a specific schedule the following Monday, December 15.
Monday the school board held a special meeting to discuss what would be done about Kentwood High School. School Board Member Ann Smith stated that the board has ensured everyone that there will be temporary buildings brought in before the end of the week. A contract with Frank Anzalone has been accepted. Anzalone will be doing all the clean up and repairs to the historical building.
"It has been so nice that the local media has been there. So motivating, rewarding and encouraging that the local media has given such positive support to Kentwood High School and also the Kentwood community," stated Smith.
Leap testing is to begin in around 51 school days. The building will take a little over 60 days to complete. Students should be able to return to the building right after Leap testing.
"Its nice to know that we have the support and recognition for our sense of pride, community and history in the Kentwood township and school. It means alot to the staff as well, because they have been working hard to get things ready for the students. I have been very impressed with Superintendent Kolwe and his staff with how hard they've worked to get everything in place to accommodate the kids," Smith said.
She continued, "I thank Mr. Kolwe for making sure the temporary buildings are getting set up and ready for the students so that they will not have to be inconvenienced and they can get ready for the Leap test. This week they will bring in the temporary buildings and set them up. On Monday, January 5, when the students return from the holidays everything will be in place so that they can go on uninterrupted and prepare for the Leap test. That's a great positive for out Superintendent."
"I would also like to express our thanks to the Kentwood Volunteer Fire Department, Tangipahoa Parish Fire District #1 and Chief Bruce Cutrer, Roseland Volunteer Fire Department and Osyka Volunteer Fire Department. They all worked so untiringly. With the additional departments there would have been alot more structural and cosmetic damage," Smith said.