LPSS $30 Million Bond Discussion - KLFY News 10

LPSS $30 Million Bond Discussion


It didn't take long for the Lafayette Parish School Board to make a decision Wednesday to move on with the rest of the meeting.

At least 3 school members complained about having to make decision on spending $30 million in a short period of time.

Even the request to select an architect for a crowded Youngsville school was put on hold.

School board member Rae Trahan of Youngsville is against the idea.

Trahan doesn't agree with converting Green T. Lindon Elementary into a Pre-K through 8th grade structure. "I'm not real comfortable with that. I prefer leaving what works in place." She's not alone. Other board members expressed concerns.

"This is the first time I have seen this list; we got the agenda on Friday. That's the first time we were able to look at this."

The superintendent submitted a $30 million bond spending list.

Nearly half of the $30 million would go to two Youngsville schools to help with overcrowding.

$9 million is for Thibodaux Tech Magnet School.

The school will be expanding next year - taking in 12th graders.

"We're talking about $30 million we're getting ready to vote on; I'm not comfortable with it," says board member Kermit Bouillion.

Superintendent Dr. Pat cooper talks about Lafayette High and the school's urgent needs. "There are huge health issues at Lafayette High in terms of mold and mildew. We're storing stuff in the same place that we should be having band practice," says Cooper.

Youngsville councilman Ken Ritter and the Mayor attended the meeting. Councilman Ritter says tonight's decision was a disappointment.

"In my opinion every day that the school board waits to take action is another day we're putting off today's problems until tomorrow," says Ritter.

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