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VPSB considering ways to ease overcrowding at parish schools

Posted at 10:55 AM, Feb 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-06 12:07:32-05

Growth in parts of Vermilion Parish has some school board members looking at ways to ease overcrowding at one Vermilion Parish school.

The Abbeville Meridional is reporting that new subdivisions have led to a population boom in the North Vermilion and Maurice areas. The newest school in the parish, North Vermilion Middle School is overcrowded, according to the paper. Cecil Picard Elementary also is expected to reach capacity within the next few years once two new subdivisions are completed in Maurice.

Board member Kibbie Pillette says the board will get demographers to look at current zones to see if they should be adjusted or kept. After those numbers are compiled, the board says committees will be set up to analyze them and decide where to build a school and how to fund the construction.

Pillette says they school system will have to build a new school but he wants to make sure the new building will be able to accommodate the growth today and ten years from now.

He has not given a time frame on when a demographer will be hired.