Over 21 schools are 50 years old AND older with little to no renovations – only band-aids! Our NEWEST high school is 42 years old!
Life expectancy of a school facility is 40 years.
Over 20 schools, and counting, are overcrowded and many classrooms are now in “temporary” portable buildings. LPSS now has approximately 250 portables that equate to approximately 530 classrooms.
Most of our school facilities do not support the level of instruction and technology that we have come to demand.
THE COST OF THE 2010 MASTER FACILITIES PLAN
The long-term planning firm hired by the School Board, CSRS, calls for two phases of new construction, renovation, and selective maintenance.
Phase I totaling $561,000,000 would be be completed within 6 years
Phase II would cost approx. $481,146,160 (2010 prices) and would take 5 years to complete
WHAT WILL PHASE I ACCOMPLISH?
Replace/rebuild 2 high schools, 1 middle school, and 4 elementary schools
Additions to 5 schools-addressing over crowding and removal of approximately 40% of portable buildings
Build a state of the art performing arts auditorium at 1 high school
Selective maintenance at 36 other schools
WHAT WILL PHASE I COST?
23 mills for master facility plan and 2 mills dedicated to ongoing maintenance
Funds are dedicated to the master plan and overseen by the Citizen’s Oversight Committee
Master Plan will be managed by a Program Mgmt. Firm
How much will it cost an average homeowner?
WHY IS MORE MONEY NEEDED FROM THE PUBLIC?
In tax support to its school system it ranks 49th out of 69 school districts in the state
Receives less state support than other parishes, in accordance with the state formula, because its wealth is greater than its local tax effort for public education
Millage Rate of Selected School Districts
Why Are School Facilities Important? Our school facilities are an important investment because our children and teachers spend most of their day inside these buildings. Many research studies have shown that school facilities affect the outcome of student performance. Good school buildings help with:
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