Special to the Catholic Commentator  

Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School is coming home. 

The school’s Board of Directors announced Oct. 30 the school will return to its north Baton Rouge site Jan. 17 months after the school took on four feet of water during the August 2016 flood.   

The 116 freshmen and sophomores will move into the modular campus when they return from the Christmas break.  A total of 45 units make up seven buildings, enough for a full four-year high school: two classroom buildings (20 classrooms), an administrative building, a Corporate Work Study Program building, a cafetorium (cafeteria space also used as an auditorium for larger assemblies and events), a teacher’s work room/supply room and a Student Services Center.   

“We look forward to returning to our home location in north Baton Rouge,” board chairman Vic Howell said. “We extend our thanks to so many: to our students and their families for working with us through this period of dislocation; to our terrific faculty and staff for their great flexibility in adapting a business facility to become a school; to our Corporate Work Study Program partners for supporting the work-study component of our educational model; and special thanks to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation for making the space available that allowed us to operate over this past year.”   

Principal Brian Moscona said the students, faculty and staff are all excited about returning to its original site, which opened Aug. 5, 2016 only to see it flood two weeks later.  

“We are eager to get our students back into a normal school setting with appropriate classroom facilities and outdoor space for student activities that the campus provides. This new campus is the foundation for our future growth to an anticipated 400-student high school and how it will prepare Cristo Rey students to make an impact in our community,” he said.  

All of the construction and permitting should be completed by mid-November. The time between now and the end of December will be used to adequately prepare the campus for the students to begin the second semester back home in north Baton Rouge following Christmas break.  

Since the flood, the school has been holding classes in the Bon Carre Business Center in Baton Rouge.  

The school is the newest and smallest in the Cristo Rey Network of schools, opening its doors just four days before the flood. Currently, there are 34 Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) job partners from healthcare and law firms to technology and non-profit partners.