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Apr 9, 2013 9:44 AM by AP

Panel: More space in Lafayette schools

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A committee of citizens has agreed that Lafayette Parish elementary schools need more space on campus to accommodate growing student populations.

The Advertiser reports the Community Education Plan Committee met Monday to review facility needs for the district's 23 elementary schools.

Before the committee began its work, principals submitted wish lists of facility needs, including more classrooms, restrooms, renovations to existing facilities like auditoriums and cafeterias, and multipurpose rooms.

Several committee members said those lists should be trusted, because principals know their campuses and student needs better than most.

The committee is also looking for ways to pay for the work, including a $540 million tax proposal.

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