NP Moss Preparatory school is getting a $3.9 million renovation. The price tag is $400,000 more than anticipated. The Lafayette Parish School Board in a six to one vote said yes. "The point of NP Moss Prep School is to save those kids that have been dropping out. When you dropout it's trouble for the community. So our job as a public school is to keep them from dropping out," says Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper.
Earlier we spoke with Dr. Cooper. Cooper says the renovation should be completed by November and partially done by August 10. This school is part of the districts turnaround plan. 'We looked at the whole school district, that's 44 schools. And we saw that kids were dropping out. They were dropping out in 5th grade sometimes, in 8th grade or 9th grade."
The reasons for the higher price tag: the short timeline for the job, the electrical service needs upgraded, and Department of Health is asking that another driveway be installed at the back of the kitchen for garbage disposal. "This is the facility that we can give all those students who don't fit into the traditional mold; whether it be behavior problems or academic. This will be the place we can bring them together and give them an environment that's rich in resources. Hopefully, get them through school," adds Dr. Cooper.
Now there were four bids that came through. The highest bid was $5 million dollars. The $3.9 million bid is said to be the lowest.