At a press conference on Tuesday, Gov.John Bel Edwards announced a special project in regards to The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA).

According to Edwards, $27 million has been invested into building a dormitory for the students to live while attending the school. The students are currently living in dorms donated by Northwestern State University.

The school is an specialized honors education program that allows advanced high school students to live in a dormitory and attend classes.

In 2016, LSMSA was ranked among the top ten high school educations in the country. Edwards stated that the project is an investment in the future of Louisiana students to benefit from LSMSA.

"This is one of the premier high school educations available anywhere in the country," Governor Edwards said.  

“So, I think it is going to be very important for decades to come to make sure we are stable here, and that we can continue to attract the best and brightest students from all across Louisiana to come to Natchitoches and to benefit from this educational opportunity."

Steven Horton is the Executive Director of LSMSA and stated to the media  that the students have a great tradition of maintaining their current dormitories and would continue to do so with the new buildings going forward.

“Our students are responsible for keeping Caddo and Prudhomme in good shape, and all of the buildings for that matter. So, it is an investment. But, we will take care of that investment and I am confident that for the next 50 years or so, the Louisiana School is going to thrive even more than it already has.”