PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) — The Iberville Parish School System has opened its new $2.4 million Science, Technology, Engineering and Math learning center.

Project manager Patrick Norris tells The Advocate the new 11,000-square-foot center took a little more than a year to construct and adds five additional classrooms to the Math, Science and Arts Academy-West campus, one of them a fully equipped chemistry laboratory,

Elvis Cavalier, chief academic officer for the school system, said some 1,370 students are enrolled at MSA-West Academy, including many who also attend classes at Louisiana State University.