Dial Dalfred: School’s new driveway raises questions about LPSS following protocol


Some residents are speaking out after the Lafayette Parish School System decided to reroute traffic through their neighborhood.

The future route for car riders at Alice Boucher Elementary school, what was meant to relieve a problem or some, is now creating one for others.

On any given school day, the car rider line at Alice Boucher Elementary stretches from the intersection of Patterson and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, down MLK to the Frontage Road; causing frustration for some residents.

Cedric Rubin lives on MLK Drive. He says, “It’s going to save the people from turning in my driveway. The traffic will be much better because a lot of times they hold up the school bus.”

The sidewalk and shoulder of the road have become waiting areas for parents picking up kids from school.

Gravel was laid down to prevent erosion and oil leaks have marked the walking path.

But that’s about to change with the construction of a driveway at the rear of the property. 

“It’s over 800 feet and we can park, I think the contractor said almost 100 cars in here. They are being double formed, when they get in front of the school they will be in single file.” District five school board member Elroy Broussard says this new arrangement will be much safer than their current situation.

Still, some residents say the school district didn’t follow the law before starting construction.

Here’s what we learned:

As required by law, during the platting process, this sign was put up in front of Alice Boucher notifying people in the area back in February 2018.

Residents were mailed this letter, alerting them of the upcoming hearing, plus this ad was taken out in a local newspaper. 

And the public meeting was held on March 12th.

With 160 cars dropping off in the morning and another 130 picking up in the afternoon, Broussard says once the project is complete, he, along with Alice Boucher and district reps will figure out the best time to open the gates to prevent the line of people dropping off and picking up kids from backing up into the neighborhood.

The laying of the concrete is complete. 

Crews still have to install a chain link fence, the shoulders, and landscape. 

If weather permits the project should be complete in about a month. 

If there’s an ongoing issue in your neighborhood or community, or you have a problem you would like investigated, email dialdalfred@klfy.com.

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