MARRERO, La. - The long-awaited new campus for Academy of Our Lady, an all-girls Catholic high school on the west bank, took a major step towards reality Tuesday as officials broke ground on the school's future site.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond was among the church, school and political leaders on hand for the groundbreaking on the new 22-acre facility along the Westbank Expressway in Marrero.

The school is the result of consolidation after Hurricane Katrina which combined Immaculata High School and Archbishop Blenk. It opened in 2007.

Among the features of the new building will be 35 classrooms, five science labs, a health care lab, culinary arts kitchen, library/media center, fine arts building, a 300-seat cafeteria and a 1,000-seat gymnasium.

The school is expected to be completed by the 2014-2015 school year.

The Archdiocese has committed $30 million in FEMAfunds to the construction of the facility.
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