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St. Landry School Board discusses overcrowding problem at Palmetto Elementary

Posted at 2:26 PM, Sep 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-28 19:45:36-04

The St. Landry Parish School Board is debating whether to place 350 Palmetto Elementary Students at North Central High School.

School Administrators say the students in pre-k through 5th grade have been placed in temporary buildings since 2015 after their previous building was deemed unfit for classroom use.

The estimated cost of construction for a permanent building is $800,000 dollars, and administrators say the school district does not currently have enough funding for the project.

Some administrators propose moving the students to North Central High School while they build additional temporary buildings, but Board President Candy Gerace says that’s not a feasible course of action.

“Several board members have proposed moving our children to North Central. Because of the way the school is configured, there is really no way to separate the children. The second thing is because there is no fencing, there’s no safeguards around the school, there’s no where for these students to go out and run and play,” said Gerace.