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Vermilion School Board tables plans to restore building damaged in 2016 floods

Posted at 9:51 PM, Jun 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-17 22:51:21-04

In Vermilion Parish, the school board has tabled discussions for a plan to restore the special education administrative building until later this week.

The board received enough money to reconstruct the building after it was damaged during the 2016 floods.

The complete overhaul, including new floors, walls, AC, electrical and painting, would cost about two million dollars. Superintendent Jerome Puyau says he hopes they can begin the public bid process in three weeks.

The discussion on the project was tabled and will be brought up again on Thursday June 20, 2019.

Puyau says the board received a little over a million dollars in proceeds from insurance from the building flooding in 2016. The superintendent says that the over cost could be about 2 million dollars which the board may discussing rebuilding in multiple phases.

If approved on Thursday, the board will begin finalizing the plan, starting public bidding on the contract for construction. That could take around 30 days.

Puyau says he hopes the board will approve the rebuilding as he called the school a historical landmark and said it would benefit the teachers and other employees to have it back in working order.