New Orleans Opens Schools Part of $1.6 Billion Plan

NEW ORLEANS — A $1.6 billion master plan to rebuild schools here is coming to fruition with the fall opening of Langston Hughes Elementary School.

The 96,000-square-foot facility is the first school to open in New Orleans since 2003 and is the first public building to open since Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding caused widespread damage in 2005, according to officials.

Several schools planned under the 15-year master plan for the Recovery School District and Orleans Parish School Board are scheduled to open in coming months.

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