Press Release

IDEA Public Schools Breaks Ground on First Campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana



BATON ROUGE, La. (August 31, 2017) – On Tuesday, Sept. 5, IDEA Public Schools will join local Baton Rouge community leaders and supporters in celebrating the groundbreaking of IDEA Cortana. The campus will serve more than 525 students in August 2018.

IDEA Founder and CEO Tom Torkelson, IDEA President, Co-Founder, and Superintendent JoAnn Gama, and IDEA Southern Louisiana Executive Director Kenneth Campbell will initiate construction on the first IDEA campus in Baton Rouge.

“We are thrilled to begin our expansion to the Baton Rouge community,” said Kenneth Campbell, executive director of IDEA Southern Louisiana. “IDEA believes that there are no limitations on a child’s ability to succeed in college and life, and we can’t wait to see what IDEA Cortana scholars will achieve.”

IDEA Cortana will begin accepting applications on Sept. 1, and will open in August 2018, serving Pre-K through 1st and 6th grade in its inaugural year.

WHO:                 Tom Torkelson, CEO, IDEA Public Schools

                           JoAnn Gama, president and superintendent, IDEA Public Schools

                           Kenneth Campbell, executive director, IDEA Southern Louisiana

                           Lakeisha Robichaux, IDEA Southern Louisiana Board Member

                           Warren Drake, superintendent, East Baton Rouge Schools

                           Preston Castille, board chair, New Schools for Baton Rouge

WHAT:              IDEA Public Schools will break ground on IDEA Cortana, a campus that will serve nearly 500 local students for the 2018-2019 school year.  

WHEN:              Tuesday, September 5

                           9:00 AM                     

WHERE:            Across the street from Cortana Mall

Baton Rouge, Louisiana. At the cross streets of Tom Drive and Oak Villa Boulevard

To attend the event or learn more about IDEA Public Schools, contact Kisella Cardenas at Kisella.Cardenas@ideapublicschools.org, or 956-998-9120.

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