Posted: Aug 7, 2012 6:12 PM by Erin Steuber
Updated: Aug 7, 2012 6:46 PM
The Lafayette Parish School Board Executive Committee decided to modify the master plan to better address the current educational needs of students.
"Our students are our most important commodity," said Committee President Shelton Cobb. "So our efforts are going to be towards student improvement, and facilities are going to come as were able to afford it."
The Lafayette Parish School Board Executive Committee decided the master plan will stay in place, but it will reflect the superintendent's vision.
"We're going to use the master plan, not throw it away," said Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper. "But that we're going to be able to tweak it based on our new secure model turn around plan as it dictates."
The board has made major improvements to schools across the parish, but the committee says without the public's help they won't be able to make all the improvements as soon as they hoped.
"We can only do so much and we'll do what we can," said Vice President Hunter Beasley. "But it would be nice if we could go to the public and maybe ask for a little assistance to kinda move it along a little bit faster."
The Executive Committee will be using $30 million to prove to the community they can spend money wisely. The money is coming from sales tax bonds. The Superintendent hopes to use some of the money to complete renovations at Northside High. The rest of the money will possibly be split between projects in Youngsville, Llafayette High and throughout the parish. With all the new renovations the board does have a system in place to keep schools clean and maintained.
"We're going to use it in all parts of the parish so everybody gets a piece of the pie, if you will," said Cooper "It's going to also tie to program needs. It's going to be a demonstration of what the public can expect if they were to give us money on a future tax referendum."
The Committee will present its plans to the board in the near future.