"All of the teachers, faculty, and students in one place."
Since Isaac's floodwaters damaged the LaPlace school, Bailey has had to supervise staff and students on up to six different campuses across the parish, from LaPlace to Garyville.
The nearly $4 million temporary campus, that was constructed on open land in the rear of East St. John Elementary, will be home until school officials repair or rebuild the permanent school that is located on U.S. 51.
St. John schools Superintendent Kevin George has said the district's disaster management consultants are currently assessing the extent of the school's damage. Initial estimates projected that it would cost nearly $80 million to repair Lake Pontchartrain and East St. John High School in Reserve, which also flooded.
The temporary campus included the addition of 15 modular classrooms, new playground equipment and a covered walkway. However, the two schools will share some facilities, such as the cafeteria, Bailey said.
"We'll have staggered schedules," she said.
Although the sound of drills and hammers still filled the air on Monday as contractors worked on the modular buildings, Bailey said they are ready.
"We may not be functioning at 100 percent, but we are functioning enough that the kids can come in and the teachers can teach," she said.