LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN)- The Lafayette Parish School Board held a meeting today to vote on moving forward with the construction to rebuild three schools in the district.
The board members voted on starting construction to rebuild Lafayette High School, Carencro Heights Elementary School, and Prairie Elementary School. Lafayette High is the oldest public school in the parish.
“The school is very very important to the community has been for many many years, it serves the entire parish,” Kathleen Espinoza, parent and alumni of Lafayette High School, said.
Lafayette high school was built in 1952 and according to Espinoza the campus still looks the same.
“It hasn't changed, but I mean if anything gets gotten worse. I mean I feel like when I was a student here in the mid-1980s you know, the facility is what it was then,” Espinoza said.
Espinoza is also a member of the “Rebuild LHS” Facebook group. She says over the years her children have complained about the school not being up to par.
“My kids have told me where they've come into the auditorium, and you know there's two inches of water on the, on the ground, and so they can't have class in there, they can't have band class in there,” Espinoza said.
She said that she and others in the group don’t believe that need renovations. They would like for the entire campus to be rebuilt and a member of the school board agreed. i
“It is nearly 70 years old now. It is certainly long in the tooth and showing the wear and tear associated with 70 years of one of our largest high schools in the state,” Justin Centanni, who represents District 6 in Lafayette Parish, said.
According to Centanni, the cost to rebuild all three schools will be $150 million dollars with Lafayette High taking most of the cost.
“Anytime we have increases in tax revenue that were unbudgeted we have put that revenue aside and let it builds up over the last four to five years,” Centanni said.
The school board encourages the community to come out to future public meetings to give insight on what they would like the design of each school to be.