How many portable buildings is one too many? The principal of Youngsville's Green T. Lindon says one more is too many for her school.
The topic was broached Monday by the school system's Community Education Plan Committee. The job of the volunteers is to toss around improvement ideas for the different Lafayette Parish schools.
"We have about 18 to 20 classrooms in the building and we have about 23 to 24 classrooms outside," says Green T. Lindon principal, Gina Cahee, who is a member of the committee.
Cahee says the portables have served her school well, but she's putting her money on more permanent structures this time. The board recently approved $9 million in expansion money for Green T. Lindon. Construction to add classrooms begins this summer.
"The noise level, if it's raining you really can hear the rain falling on the roof top; so that can be disturbing as well," adds Cahee. She says the school added about 100 kids. "With student ratio being 23 to 1 or 25 to 1, in 4th grade here it makes it difficult to do centers and other activities that teachers have to do in order to follow the curriculum."
Cahee says the future of her school demands more space that's more permanent. Temporary classrooms work, but with limitations. "When given the choice, I would prefer a permanent building as oppose to portables."