Lafayette Parish School Board member Rae Trahan was on hand for Thursday's Youngsville City council meeting. Trahan thanked the council for their efforts to secure funding for Youngsville schools. Two schools there are set to receive 50% of $30 million in bond money. The remaining funds will be divided among four other Lafayette Parish schools.
Trahan is excited to announce that the $30 million is on its way. Nearly $15 million of that is headed for Youngsville. Trahan says the school district has reached its spending limit. "This is all the system can do. We are maxed out. There is no more money."
The money will allow for the renovation of two school: $5.3 million to add 25 classrooms to Youngsville Middle and expand the cafeteria. $8.9 million for G.T. Lindon to build 30 classrooms and expand both the cafeteria and school office. "In its completion the schools will only house the students that are currently in attendance there, not additional students," says Trahan.
Youngsville Mayor Wilson Viator says Youngsville needs that money. The schools set to be renovated are filled to capacity. Green T. Lindon is at the top of the list in terms of overcrowding. "I think Lindon and Youngsville Middle both have architects that are being interviewed, so the process will start right away. They're hoping for a completion of Lindon in the next year."