Jun 30, 2011 7:24 PM by Melissa Hawkes
At one time eleven hundred students walked the hallways of Opelousas High School, but now enrollment is down to 775.
Superintendent Michael Nassif said, "when we rezoned children, the population of Opelousas Senior High School diminished to a point where we didn't feel like we were utilizing the faculty and the staff."
Nassif believes a new hands on program, which focuses on the science and medical field, is the key to increasing the student body.
He said, "it offers our children an opportunity that they would never get anywhere else."
Director of the new Biomedical Science Magnetic Academy, Amanda Jeffers said,"anyone from veterinarians, doctors, EMT workers, nurses to forensic scientists."
She said students will have state-of-the-art technology to work with and everything is project-based.
The building used to be the Opelousas Development Center, but it's been vacant for eight months. Workers are busy painting and renovating rooms to get the building ready for the start of the school year.
This fall 75 freshman and sophomores will be the first students taking part in the program.
Nassif said his long term goal is to eventually get 300 students from freshman to seniors to go through the program.
Yon can still register by going to the St. Landry Parish School Board website at http://www.slp.k12.la.us/.