Jul 2, 2010 8:03 AM by Chris Welty
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - St. Landry Parish School Board members
have authorized the superintendent to apply for $10 million in
low-interest construction bonds to replace portable classroom
buildings with permanent structures.
Officials say the district is applying for federal Qualified
School Construction Bonds, part of a program that allows school
systems to use bond funding for capital outlay projects.
Superintendent Michael Nassif tells The Advocate that revenue
from sale of the bonds would be used to replace 65 portable
buildings the district now leases for a total of $30,000 per month.
He said U.S. Justice Department wants the district to remove
portable classrooms as another means of complying with a 1969
desegregation lawsuit that is still pending in the federal courts.