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Milton Elementary Middle struggles with lack of space

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There are residents who live near Milton Elementary Middle School in Lafayette Parish who don't bother to leave home at the beginning and/or end of school hours. The traffic build-up along West Milton Avenue can be discouraging.
 
The Director of Finance for the Lafayette Parish School System Matthew Dugas explains the concern. "We have a lot of parking issues at that school we have parent pickup issues at that school," explains Dugas.
 
Dugas says one solution is to acquire available properties adjacent to the school. The board can only purchase property at its appraised price. One such opportunity sits on West Edith Road, directly behind the school. "The property came back at $180,000. The individual in the family did agree to sell it to us at the appraised price."
 
Milton Elementary Middle is one of the few K thru 8th grade schools within the parish school system; that means students will be attending classes there for a while. Dugas says it's been a 6 to 7 month negotiation that still needs board approval. "Not often do I get to tell principals good news, but she has been waiting for this property. The principal has been requesting this for a long time," adds Dugas.
         
There's already property next to the school recently purchased by the school board. For the proposed West Edith Road property, Dugas says if approved it will be handed over to facilities to come up with the options of what can be done. "We're glad to do this for that community and to help fit a little better some of the population that's going to that school."
 
According to LPSS, the purchase price for the listed property is based on an appraisal provided by a certified appraiser hired by the parish school system. The property proposal will be introduced Wednesday to the school board.

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