Posted: Jul 15, 2012 3:21 PM by AP
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The Board of Aldermen adopted a resolution this week to enter into an agreement with the St. Landry Parish Council to build a road in front of a charter school that's set to open later this month.
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/Nl4dIy) that St. Landry Parish Council Chairman Wayne Ardoin said the council will consider the proposal at a July 18 meeting.
Representatives of J.S. Clark Leadership Academy said the charter school is prepared to help pay $31,000 toward the roadwork.
School officials said about 180 students are expected to enroll in grades 5-7.
Tiffani Lewis, the school's executive director, said the school is asking that the city and parish provide equipment and labor costs for the project.
Lewis said the school's share of the expenses will come from donations and not from state money that will be used to operate the school.
City engineer William Jarrell III estimated the project will cost $45,000 for about 800 feet of Statesman Road, which passes in front of the site.
Jarrell said that means the parish and city would contribute about $8,000 each for machines and labor to spread asphalt and improve the roadway.