- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - About $7 million in work will get underway in the next year to prepare the campuses of Breaux Bridge Primary and Breaux Bridge Junior High for the addition of new grade levels as part of St. Martin Parish’s plan to balance enrollment in schools.

The school district previously shifted grade levels on campuses in Cecilia and St. Martinville. Superintendent Lottie Beebe says the Breaux Bridge grade reconfiguration will take effect in the 2015-16 school year.

Breaux Bridge Primary enrolls about 700 students in preschool through third grade.

That enrollment drops to less than 400 at Breaux Bridge Elementary for fourth through sixth grades. Junior high enrollment - now grades seven and eight - is about 240.

The reconfiguration plan alters grade levels for the primary school to preschool through second grade, elementary to third through fifth grades and the junior high to sixth through eighth grades.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1g9OuqO ) some of the projects involve renovations and the construction of additional classrooms and cafeteria space.

The $7.3 million cost associated with the renovations and expansion is funded by a $40 million bond issue approved last year by voters to upgrade school facilities.

The reconfiguration plan was prompted by the district’s development of a master plan and the analysis of enrollment, Beebe said.

“In Breaux Bridge, at the primary level, we saw that there was a large enrollment, then it dropped off as students moved to Breaux Bridge Elementary and junior high, then enrollment picked up at the high school,” she said.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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