Sep 25, 2013 6:29 PM by Chris Welty
Some say rodents are a growing problem in Lafayette Parish Schools.
This school year, 11 schools have filed a total of 18 work orders have been filed reporting rodent issues in Lafayette Parish schools. Carencro High has filed five work orders, the most reports this school year. Following closely behind is Lafayette High with three and J. W. Faulk Elementary with two work orders filed.
The school system says just like homes or businesses, rodents are an issue in schools.
"We have to be careful what we use and how we apply it," said Lafayette Parish School System Risk Management Director Mona Bernard.
This year, 11 schools have reported rats or mice on campus. In work orders obtained by KATC, Carencro High filed a report saying, "Emergency school wide. Having trouble with rats, mice and spiders." It went on to say, "They're all over."
Others have reported rat droppings inside ceiling tiles. Last year, the district budgeted more than 32-thousand dollars for exterminating, traps and supplies.
Bernard says, "We're regulated by what pesticides we can use and also, we're required to students who have sensitivity to certain chemicals and pesticides."
Several principals declined on camera interviews but tell KATC, the documented numbers are lower because typically custodians take care of the traps and their findings go unreported to the district.
Lafayette Middle School filed one work order with LPSS this year reporting "Huge rats in the teacher's lounge, gym and cafeteria." Principal Monique McGee declined an on camera interview, but tells KATC since her school is the Environmental Academy, when they catch rats or mice, they will refrigerate the ones they find and feed it to the school's snake. She says this is a learning opportunity for students about the "circle of Life."