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Spirit of Acadiana: Lafayette Parish schools impressively under construction

Posted at 5:02 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 19:48:51-04

Here at Evangeline Elementary in Lafayette, it’s pretty impressive—brand new classrooms being built, to the tune of nine-point-eight million dollars. That in and of itself is cool. But there’s more; way, way more.

It’s all happening.. now.

The Lafayette Parish School system presents some impressive educational numbers:

Evangeline Elementary –27 new classrooms.
Katherine Drexel--- 20 new classrooms.
Ridge Elementary--- 22 classrooms.

“We want to be up and running to open our new wings in the fall. So we have not let this slow us down at all,” says LPSS Chief Administrative Officer Jennifer Gardner.

Woodvale—20 new classrooms.
Middlebrook--- 24 new classrooms.
L.J. Alleman 26 classrooms.
Broadmoor Elementary 26 classrooms.

“Currently we will be switching out 169 classrooms,” explains Gardner, “portable classrooms.. for 169 brick and mortar classrooms.”

A new cafeteria at Scott Middle, and for athletics, three new tracks--- Carencro High. Acadiana High. And Comeaux High

“So, it is amazing to be part of the change, and to know the focus that the board had is going to come true, and we’re giving our kids the best,” smiles Gardner.

That’s 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 schools

Lots of new furniture and special doses of collaboration and technology. “The principals have been involved, very excited provide them with support, the board saw the need to provide them with technology put into our budget put promethean boards into all our new classrooms,” adds Gardner.

And after all of this--- more new permanent wings, fewer butler buildings, and three new versions of existing schools.

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