Southdown Elementary celebrates grand opening with ribbon cutting

The new Southdown Elementary School is finally here.

Local lawmakers, businesspeople and community dignitaries joined the public last night at a ribbon cutting for the new school, which rung its first bells at the start of the 2019-20 academic school year.

The school will replace the old Southdown Elementary School, which was built in 1951 and which served the public for more than 60 years before its demolition.

“It’s a great day for Terrebonne Parish and a great day for our kids,” Terrebonne Parish President Gordon Dove said. “Our kids are our most important thing in Terrebonne Parish. To see this and to know this is for them, it marks a special day.”

Demolition of the original building started in the summer of 2016. While that took place, students were displayed. Southdown students from Pre-K to 3rd grade were moved to the old Dularge Elementary School and the upper grades (4th-6th) were moved to Greenwood Elementary School.

Terrebonne Schools Superintendent Philip Martin has said multiple times during the process that he’s proud of the work of the system to make the project happen.

“It took a team effort,” Martin said.

The new school is a gem. It has bright colors and state-of-the-art technology for the local children.

It features two stories and is among the new leaders in public educational facilities locally.

Participants at Thursday’s event were shown a slideslow of the renovations, then a ribbon was cut to officially mark the beginning of a new chapter in local educational history.