New middle school to open in Scotlandville in the fall

Article By: Charles Lussier | June 13, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

Even as other new charter schools are running TV ads to promote themselves, the leaders of J.K. Haynes Middle School are relying mostly on word of mouth.

“The word is getting around,” said Roeshay Patrick, whose daughter Karolyn is going to be in sixth grade at the new school in the Scotlandville area of Baton Rouge.

Time, though, is running short. The 2014-15 school year starts Aug. 11.

The new school will hold classes at the former Banks Elementary School, 2401 72nd Ave., but that building won’t be ready to move into until July 1 at the earliest because its current occupant, North Banks Middle, has yet to complete its move to a new location.

So for now, J.K. Haynes Middle School is operating 10 blocks north at a handful of tables covered with paper in the library of its parent school, J.K. Haynes Charter Elementary, 8600 Elm Grove Garden Drive.

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