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Building Bossier Parish schools

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BOSSIER CITY, La. -

Bossier school administrators and city officials dug into a dirt mound Thursday to break ground on the Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning construction center.

"We keep talking in education about jump start and Bossier Parish has got the jump start," Rep. Henry Burns (R-Haughton) said.

BPSTIL is just the latest construction project started after voters approved a $210 million bond referendum in April 2012 to build new schools and improve existing ones.

"That's what it's about," Carol Johnston, BPSTIL principal, said. "[It's about] helping the students of Bossier and the economy of northwest Louisiana."

This is one of the biggest projects the Bossier Parish School Board has undertaken.

The $34 million Haughton Middle School should be ready for students Late 2015 or Early 2016.

At Airline High School, they're using almost $22.7 million dollars on new wings and other renovations.

Officials broke ground in July on the $2.1 million dollar wing at WT Lewis Elementary. It should be finished this summer.

"It makes it a destination for families to move here and to be able to take advantage of it," Burns said. I'm so excited it's showing progress and making everything available for our young people to get good jobs and a good future."

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