By Claire Byun
More than a decade later, Sci High is finally getting the new campus in the Bio District they were promised.
The New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School was awarded $2.2 million for the design of their new campus in the Bio District. The school was promised a renovated World War II hangar on the Delgado Community College campus prior to Katrina.
Since the storm, the school has been searching for a location in the coveted BioDistrict. Now, more than a decade later, students will move into the building now inhabited by Success Preparatory school.
“It’s been long wait,” said board member Noland Marshall, Jr.
The Wicker building currently housing Success Prep will be demolished and a new campus will be constructed. The design process is scheduled through January – contracted by Verges Rome Architects – with a final completion date of December 2020. Success Prep will transfer to Thurgood Marshall building on Canal Street, but the timeline isn’t set in stone yet, said Eric Seling, chief operating officer for OPSB.
Sci High was awarded $35 million two years ago in support of finding a new home, and $2.2 million of those funds will be used toward architectural design. The school board’s finance committee approved the funds Tuesday with full board approval Thursday.
“I’m happy to announce we’re ready to move forward with Sci High,” Seling told the committee.
Sci High planned for a new location in the Bio District so it’s curriculum could most easily find partners with the new health-sciences industries developing there. School officials had intended to orchestrate a land swap of sorts in the district area to create the site but, after years of searching, they resigned themselves to a spot outside of the corridor.
Now, more than a decade later, Sci High will have a new home in the coveted Bio District.
“Thank you so much for all the time and attention,” Mary Zervignon, board chair for Advocates for Science and Math Education, said. “I think we’ll make you proud.”