LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The new classrooms slated for Green T. Lindon Elementary and Youngsville Middle schools may not be ready for students by the start of the school year in August and officials blame a frigid winter and strong rainstorms.
The two schools, both located in fast-growing Youngsville, face major overcrowding. At Lindon, the number of classes housed in portable buildings outside actually outnumbers classrooms inside the school.
Construction on projects to add new classroom space started last year with the goal of completing the first phases in time for the start of school in the fall.
“Our original plan to try to get the first phase of work done to move in when school starts is not looking too great unless it would stop raining and they could get all the work done this summer,” Kyle Bordelon, Lafayette Parish School System facilities planning director, told The Advocate ((https://bit.ly/1nwOMP3).
A band of thunderstorms shut down work at the sites yet again on Tuesday.
The first phase of construction at Lindon involves three classroom buildings that will give the school 22 new classrooms, a new multi-purpose building and new administrative building.
Bordelon said it’s still possible the classrooms could be completed by August, but work on the other two buildings could continue after the start of school so the classroom move-in will have to wait until the other projects are complete.
“Students would have to walk next to a building that’s still under construction to get to the new classrooms and we’d rather wait until all the work is completed in phase one so there’s a safe path for the children,” Bordelon said.
In a second phase of construction at Lindon, work is set for another classroom building, an expansion of the cafeteria and a new faculty parking lot.
At Youngsville Middle, the contractor expects an 11-classroom expansion of the existing school building could be complete by August. But Bordelon said he isn’t optimistic the work will be finished by then because of recent rain delays.
The expansion project replaces 10 classrooms that are housed in portable buildings at the middle school.
Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com
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