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Population boom means some overcrowding in Vermilion Parish schools

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MAURICE, La. -

The northern parts of Vermilion Parish are growing faster than anyone expected, which means more kids in schools.

Parents are concerned overcrowding could mean big problems for their children’s education. The Vermilion Parish Superintendent acknowledged he’s well aware of the issue.   

"We have seen significant growth in our schools in specific areas especially in the northern section around Maurice," said Superintendent Jerome Puyau.

North Vermilion High School in Maurice is one of the schools that parents and students said experience growing pains.

 "We're getting more people, so we're running out of room for everyone to fit," said Senior at North Vermilion High School, Dylan St. Julien.

The Superintendent, however, says the problem is under control.

“We see increases of 60, 70 students in a school and we know we have to make some changes. We're going to be bringing to the board a solution to the plan in November for this growth,” said Puyau.

A lifelong Vermilion Parish schools student, Dylan St. Julien assured that more students in the classrooms have not been detrimental to his learning experience.

To be safe, the Superintendent said the board is thinking ahead, not only to fix the current situation but to be prepared for future expansion.

“There’s going to be a new multi-unit housing complex starting soon. We think we're going to be getting 100, 200, 300 students from this new complex so we have to be prepared and stay proactive."

The outlook, according to the superintendent, is positive.

"It’s a good thing. With every student that comes through our district, it’s a positive for our district. More money, more taxes, more MFP dollars and we'll still continue to provide the excellent education we always have,” said Puyau.

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