Posted: Sep 4, 2012 10:13 AM by Associated Press
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Parish School Board is working on a construction plan to be presented at its Sept. 19 meeting. The Advocate reports the move follows approval of $30 million in bonds in August by the State Bond Commission. Superintendent Pat Cooper said that among projects under consideration are: - $8 million for specialized labs and other renovations at David Thibodaux Magnet STEM Academy. - $8 million to relieve classroom overcrowding at G.T. Lindon Elementary. - $4 million to complete renovation of Northside High. -$2 million for a new classroom wing at Youngsville Middle. If the School Board approves the proposed projects, construction could start at some schools by Nov. 1, Cooper said. The district also has about $3 million set aside to fund major projects, he said. Cooper said he hopes the work at Northside High will prove that renovation can be a cost-effective alternative to new construction. Earlier this year, the board approved about $2 million in renovations at Northside High. "We wanted to be able to say: for this $6 million, you'll have what looks, acts and feels like a brand-new school," Cooper said. "Northside High is our poster child for we can renovate instead of tear down."