Grand opening and ribbon cutting today for Lincoln Preparatory School

Lincoln Preparatory School [LPS] will host the grand opening of its new school campus in Grambling today with State Treasurer John Schroder and Louisiana House Speaker Clay Schexnayder scheduled as the dual keynote speakers for the event.

The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at the new campus located at 1453 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue in Grambling.   The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a short program, ribbon cutting, and tours of the campus following the ceremony. 

In addition to the State Treasurer and House Speaker remarks, guests in attendance will be welcomed by City of Grambling Mayor Alvin Bradley, Grambling State University President Richard J. Gallot, Jr., and District 11 State Representative Patrick O. Jefferson.

“It’s an honor to open this new facility in my hometown,” said Lincoln Prep Executive Director Gordan Ford. “The desegregation case and the COVID-19 pandemic presented many hurdles, but we were determined to overcome them and open our doors in this wonderful community and create new opportunities for students of all ages.

“It’s been difficult these last few years without a permanent home.  It has been hard on our staff, and it has been hard on our students.  But it has all been worth it because it got us to where we are right now.” 

The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony will mark the end of Phase 1 of the construction project.  Phase 2 has already begun with the football field being completed and the track currently under construction.  Work will begin soon on the stadium grandstands, press box and support facilities, including restrooms, concession area, and a new, state-of-the-art field house.

The new Lincoln Preparatory School campus features an 85,000 sq. ft. classroom building, with a library; science, computer, and robotics labs; a school-based health clinic; a 930-seat gymnasium with locker rooms, workout and training spaces and a FEMA-certified storm shelter.

The general contractor for the school project is Lincoln Builders of Ruston.  They work with M3A Architecture of Jackson, Mississippi, and project manager Volkert, Inc.