Katrina education played a vital role
in the parishes economic and cultural vitality. St.
Bernard Parish offered public schools that are among the best in the region
as well as excellent private and parochial elementary and secondary schools.
Like all other structures in St. Bernard Parish Katrina flooded and
severely damaged all of St,. Bernard's public and private schools.
Through the amazing efforts of local school officials, with little help
from the federal government, the St. Bernard Unified School opened on
the site of the Chalmette High School to serve the educational needs of
St. Bernard's children. Today several other schools have reopened
but the majority of the parish public and parochial schools remain
A major factor in the
area's economic and cultural vitality prior to and after Katrina is it's own higher education
institution, Nunez Community College.
Nunez Community College is a comprehensive
community college which offers both vocational and technical programs and
arts and sciences programs and is accredited by the Commission on
Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to
award Associate Degrees and Certificates. Prior to the hurricane over 2,000 students
attended Nunez. To meet it's growing enrollment the facility expanded including the opening in January 2000, of
three-story Arts, Sciences, and Technology building which also contains a
400-seat auditorium, a new library, twenty-three general purpose and
specialized classrooms, and faculty offices. In addition, it houses the
college's continuing education program and provides offices for the Vice
Chancellor for Academic Affairs and for the Arts and Sciences Division.
Like all institutions in the Parish Nunez had substantial damage but was
again operating in 2006 as repairs to the campus were underway.
Bernard Parish Public Schools