Ribbon cut on early childhood learning center

Deidre Cruse, Governmental Reporter
OFFICIAL OPENING...Iberville Parish School Board members, Superintendent P. Edward Cancienne Jr. and Principal Delores Thibodeaux cut the ribbon on the new $7.5 million Early Childhood Learning Center at Iberville Elementary School. Nearly 100 parents, teachers and officials turned out last Thursday for the official opening of the facility designed by Fusion Architecture and built by Hearn Construction.

Nearly a hundred parents, teachers and officials turned out for the official opening of Iberville Elementary School's new $7.5 million Early Childhood Center, the latest facility accomplished with bonds supported by a 31-mill property tax voters passed two years ago.

Despite light rain, the group gathered outside the 36,000-square-foot facility to cut the ribbon, and to hear comments from Superintendent P. Edward Cancienne Jr. and Iberville Elementary School Principal Delores Thibodeaux.

Many teachers showed the center's 16 classrooms, gym and other facilities to parents and guests who toured the new facility.

“Although there are still rooms that need to be equipped, all of the classrooms were fully functioning with colorful art and learning materials,” Dr. Cancienne said.

Teachers praised the building as well designed, and said it provided them with great teaching spaces. They pointed to bright lighting, wide hallways, high ceilings, spacious teaching areas, storage and closets, and direct access to play areas. Details of the facility include animal paw prints embedded into playground areas that teachers have incorporated into science learning project.

Cancienne thanked the Iberville Parish School Board members for their support of the center and discussed the important of pre-K through third grade learning.

He said the new center gives both parents and students an opportunity to learn more. A new computer and resource room soon will be open to parents to help them learn and access the internet and learning materials to help their children, the superintendent said.

Cancienne also said the school has allocated spaces for student artwork.

Thibodeaux invited parents to come to the center often to work with a family learning coordinator and to take advantage of all the new resources the center affords. She thanked the board and the superintendent for making the facility possible for children in the school.

The facility was designed by Fusion Architecture of Plaquemine and built by Hearn Construction.

GRAND ENTRANCE...Parents, teachers and school officials enter Iberville Elementary School's new Early Childhood Center for a tour last Thursday. Despite a light rain, nearly 100 turned out for the official opening of the $7.5 million state-of-the-art facility.