It's back to the drawing board for the Evangeline Parish School Board.
Members had hoped to pass a 28.5 million dollar school bond to fund building a new Ville Platte High School. But that measure failed during Saturday's elections.
It was a close vote, but it wasn't enough to pass the Evangeline Parish School Bond proposition.
Only 299 more votes could have built a new Ville Platte High School. But though the issue was defeated, leaders still hope to bring a change by reorganizing their efforts.
Evangeline Parish board members must now explore other options. One choice that may be considered includes bringing the item back to a public vote. But leaders would have to wait at least six months to place the measure back on an election ballot.
If that option is taken, board members hope those who voted against the proposition will see the desperate needs of a new high school.
The outcome of Saturday's election was a definite blow to students and teachers. It's still too early to say what will happen next, but the final decision rests in the hands of school board members.
Meanwhile, those opposing the bond proposition note that Evangeline Parish School Board members should concentrate on other efforts, instead of building a new school. But at least one board member says the needs are clear and simple.
The school bond proposition could be discussed during Wednesday's board meeting. That meeting is scheduled for 6:00pm at the Parish Media Center in Ville Platte.