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Jan 4, 2010 5:00 PM by Veronica White

$10 Million to Lafayette Schools

Lafayette Parish schools are getting $10 million in bonds for repairs and maintenance work over the next 3 years, starting now.

They are getting much needed work done thanks to a federal stimulus program. The funding is from the Qualified School Construction Bond Program.

"The stimulus money is going to be a great help to Lafayette Parish Schools because we'll be in a position where we can do work now that would take years before we could get it done," said Deputy Superintendent of Operations, Lawrence Lilly.

Lilly met with maintenance supervisors to put together a list of what needs to be done and how the money should be used.

The largest amount of money spent at one school will be $1.2 million at Paul Breaux Middle. At Paul Breaux and Duson they plan to do roof work. These are the first 2 projects that will go to the School Board for approval on January 6th.

The rest of the list will go for approval on January 20th.

The largest amount of money they plan to spend in one area is for roofing, waterproofing and maintenance at 9 schools-- $4.3 million.

About $3.2 million will likely be for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning at 18 schools, and another $800,000 for electrical upgrades at Acadiana, Comeaux, Lafayette, and Northside High Schools.

Chief Financial Officer, Billy Guidry, says the $10 million helps save time an money, and prevents future repairs.

"We would've been repairing instead of replacing. So the benefit is instead of incurring repair costs, you replace it and forgo those repair costs," said Guidry.

To see what is being recommended for your school go to http://lpss.csrsonline.com/. If you have ideas on what needs to be done, the community dialogues are January 12th at 6pm at J.W. Faulk and January 14th at 6pm at Plantation Elementary.

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