Board ponders school projects

The Lafayette Parish School Board is set to make a decision on how to spend $30 million in bond money at its Wednesday meeting.

A recommendation on how to spend the money, first presented to the board on Sept. 19, included projects to alleviate overcrowding at two Youngsville schools and major building projects and repairs at four other schools in the district.

The board approved the bond sale on Oct. 24 with the condition that a sale not proceed until it makes a final decision on the details of how it intends to spend the $30 million.

Recommended projects include: classroom wing additions for Youngsville Middle and Green T. Lindon Elementary, both in Youngsville; a new cafeteria and other renovations for L.J. Alleman Middle; major additions and renovations for David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy and major renovations for Lafayette High and Northside High.

The board may also choose to use a portion of the bond money to pay for other projects in the district. At its Nov. 7 meeting, the board was presented a list of about $15 million in projects identified by principals of needs on their campuses.

The board will also decide Wednesday whether to approve creating a new community advisory committee to be charged with integrating the district’s academic turnaround plan with a facilities master plan developed in 2010. A vote on a way to raise private funds for the school system with the creation of a fund managed by the Community Foundation of Acadiana is also up for board action.

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