The Louisiana Public Facilities Authority (LPFA) on Thursday issued $29,785,000 in state revenue bonds to finance the construction of the new state-of-the-art Lincoln Preparatory School complex.
The school will be constructed at 1455 West Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Grambling.
“This is such an exciting day,” said Gordan Ford, Executive Director of Lincoln Prep. “So many people worked very hard to get this deal done. I am so thankful to our Lincoln Prep Team for getting our school positioned for this next great leap forward. Our faculty, staff, students, and community deserve this. There are also so many folks that helped make this possible. We could not have done this without the contributions of the Grambling High Foundation Board of Directors; Grambling Mayor Edward Jones; the Grambling City Council; Louisiana House Speaker Clay Schexnayder and State Representatives Patrick Jefferson and Chris Turner; Grambling State University President Rick Gallot; the Louisiana State Treasurer John Schroder and the State Bond Commission, the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority, Caroline Roemer and her team at the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools; and so many others.
“We also thank former Grambling Mayor Richard Gallot and Dr. Mildred Gauthier Gallot for selling us the property for the new school.”
It has been nearly 40 years since the last K-12 education building was built in Grambling and nearly 70 years since a full school complex was constructed in Grambling. The former Grambling Laboratory School Complex was originally constructed in 1953. A new high school wing was added in 1965 and a new elementary building was built in 1982.
“What a historic day for North Louisiana in general and Grambling minor and major in particular,” said State Representative Patrick Jefferson. “Long live the great educational tradition of Ole Grambling High through Lincoln Prep. Congratulations to Headmaster Ford, the board, and all who make up the Lincoln Prep Family. The construction of this state-of-the-art facility will cement its rightful place in the grand fashion of the great educational fortresses this area is known for. Way to go, Panther Nation.”
Grambling Mayor Edward Jones said, “I am elated that a state-of-the-art school system is being reestablished in the City of Grambling. Every city needs an elementary and secondary school system.”