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Lafayette Parish School System working to make more room for students

Posted: 7:02 PM, Jul 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-01 20:17:01-04
LPSS School Expansion

The Lafayette Parish School System is working to make room for more students.

The district is adding wings to 10 schools and building a new elementary school in Broussard and the projects cost roughly $47 million.

School Board member Justin Centanni says construction is important as the district's population continues to grow. Centanni believes when the school system sees an increase in enrollment, it's a sign of a healthy school system and community.

Right now, more than 31,000 students are enrolled in the district.

LPSS is pushing to remove temporary buildings from campuses. Centanni says every October, the district conducts a student census to plan accordingly, but it is a challenge to keep up.

"It's a difficult balance to meet the needs of growth and also meet the needs of aging facilities," Centanni said. "We try to make sure we're doing the high priority and the high need projects first and then we're just going to go down the line as we can fund the projects."

The current projects are funded through bonds and revenue generated from sales and property taxes.