Jul 6, 2011 9:46 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
HOUMA, La. (AP) - The Terrebonne Parish school system is starting to reap the benefits of a tax proposal approved by voters in 2009.
The vote re-dedicated a sales tax for Terrebonne schools that was first levied in 1996. The 2009 vote expanded what the tax could pay for, making more money available for capital improvements, equipment repair, land acquisition and construction.
Although it was approved in October 2009, the re-dedication took effect last week, allowing the parish School Board to start planning new projects. Among the first will be expansion of H.L. Bourgeois High School, adding ninth grade to make it a four-year school.
Terrebonne schools Superintendent Philip Martin tells The Courier that voters made the right choice, saying the re-dedication vote was critical to the system.