This week, the Lafayette Parish School System (LPSS) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Truman Early Childhood Education Center to celebrate the official opening of the new Pre-K only school in central Lafayette. The school opened its doors to students upon their return from the holiday break, and this week's event served as the culmination of the entire project.
Local officials and community members were in attendance as Principal Stephanie Francis delivered a warm welcome and expressed the significance of the school to the community. “The original location served us well and will forever be a part of us, but we are proud to have a breathtaking new spacious school for our students to learn and grow,” stated Francis.
Superintendent Francis Touchet, Jr. then spoke, commending the collaborative efforts of architects Grace Hebert Curtis Architects + DLR Group and Lemoine Companies, the construction manager at risk for the project. Touchet stated, “I want to extend my sincere gratitude to the entire team of people who worked hard to make this dream a reality. Truman now has a facility to match the learning going on in the classroom.”
Following the ribbon cutting, those in attendance toured the brand new state of the art learning center. The 90,777 square foot facility features a sunburst design with five educational wings that will house 600 of the district’s youngest learners. Features include a centralized discovery zone, a teacher planning space, a dedicated special education classroom space, and six learning studios.
Pre-K applications for the 2024-2025 academic year are now open. Families can visit enrolllafayette.com to register their child for one of the many high quality early childhood programs available, including the new Truman Early Childhood Education Center.