The Math, Science, and Arts - East Campus is a Kindergarten through 12th grade academy. The original campus opened in 2011, and due to growth in the area, the school has seen a steady stream of new projects to keep up with positive enrollment numbers.
In 2013, the campus received a new soccer field. Currently, the $6.5 million new gymnasium and auditorium project is being completed (planned opening in October 2016). The latest project breaking ground is a new 9,260 square foot elementary classroom wing that includes seven core classrooms and a computer lab.
The addition will be connected with an enclosed connecting corridor for security. This much needed addition will help the campus stay on pace with the student population.
"MSA East is a prime example of IbervilleParish School’s dedication to the St. Gabriel community and the students of Iberville Parish," School Board Superintendent Dr. Arthur Joffrion said. "With continuing success, the campus will continue to grow and remain as an educational beacon for Iberville Parish."
St. Gabriel Mayor Lionel Johnson also spoke at the event on the recent growth in the St. Gabriel area which includes new neighborhoods and economic developments. There are two primary residential developments underway in St. Gabriel and an upcoming shopping center.
"The City of St. Gabriel is growing," Johnson said. "When I sell the City of St. Gabriel I am asked about two things: crime and education. I am always ecstatic to say all of the great things going on in Iberville Parish Schools, specifically MSA East.
"We are doing this because it is evident that growth is here. We are going to ensure that the students living here are going to schools in Iberville Parish."
MSA East Director Charles Johnson closed out guest speakers at the ground breaking ceremony.
"I want to thank the board for their commitment," Johnson said. "I admire their dedication. I want to thank Mr. (Elvis) Cavalier. This is a great partnership with the City of St. Gabriel. I was told one of the biggest selling points on our city is our school.
"We are grateful and we are excited about this extension and the growth of our school and the growth of our community."
After the presentation, school board members and MSA faculty and staff dug their golden shovels into the ground of the new educational wing.