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Apr 13, 2012 7:34 AM by AP

St. Charles scales back replacement science lab

LULING, La. (AP) - Plans for a science lab at Luling Elementary School will be scaled back because all nine bids were over budget.

The St. Charles Parish School Board got $934,800 from the Louisiana Recovery Authority to replace the lab destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. But The Times-Picayune reports that the lowest bid was just over $1 million.

The school board voted Wednesday to redraw plans to cut the cost of the building, which would be used by students from throughout the parish.

Mike Bourgeois, lead architect for Duplantis Design Group, says one possibility is a smaller building. He says eliminating a classroom, a corridor and some other space could cut as much as 1,200 square feet from the 4,600-square-foot plan.

That would leave a computer lab and a science lab.

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