Nov 28, 2012 11:49 PM by Steven Albritton
The Lafayette Parish School Board voted eight to one in favor of using $30 million in bond money to go toward improving six schools within the parish.
"I think it's going to be tremendous for the community to see the kind of progress we're going to make just with these six projects," Lafayette Parish School Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper said.
"We allotted the money to as many schools as possible. Taking care of the dire needs, the emergency situations that exist in southern Lafayette," School Board President Shelton Cobb said.
After months of back and forth on where the money is going to be spent, the board came to an agreement on six major projects. The two biggest are additional classrooms for up to one thousand students at Greene T. Lindon Elementary and Youngsville Middle School. Lafayette High, Northside High, Thibodaux Stem Magnet Academy and L.J. Alleman are also in the mix for renovations. Cobb hopes the public sees what the board is working for.
"I hope they understand that board is making a very serious attempt to wisely distribute the money to make our system improve," Cobb said.
Dr. Cooper says the next step is to select an architect for the Youngsville Middle School Project and you they hope to get started on the project in the next six months.