It will be a meeting of the minds for the Lafayette Parish School Board Saturday, October 27. The superintendent has scheduled a board retreat at South Louisiana Community College.
On the agenda is the superintendent's Turnaround Plan and the $30 million that will be spent on school projects.
"We need to settle on what the projects are going to be before the bonds are issued. So, that was put on the agenda. We need to have the decision made by the 7th, by the school board meeting. So, that was added," explains board member Greg Awbrey.
LPSS board president Shelton Cobb is optimistic. There are some challenging issues to discuss.
"Situation where schools are very over crowded. They almost have emergency situations. We need to deal with that and what has happened at Northside High. Northside has been a school in decline for years. We need to do some emergency repair at Northside; as we will have to do with other "F" schools," says Cobb.
Cobb says at the retreat he hopes to address the concerns of teachers and students.
He says new state mandates have some people apprehensive.
"The most important ingredient in any of the systems are the children. If we don't take care of the children, the building doesn't matter," says Cobb. The retreat is Saturday, October 27 at 7:45am to about 4:45pm.