- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

HOUMA, La. (AP) - Mullberry Elementary School in Houma is so overcrowded that about half of its students are being taught in portable classrooms. That’s what a school advisory committee learned Tuesday.

Originally built to hold 450 students, Mulberry now has more than 950 students.

The Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1IrAI58) the committee, which is assisting the Terrebonne Parish school superintendent in updating the district’s master facilities plan, took the second of three scheduled visits to schools often mentioned as needing improvements. All three schools - Mulberry, Southdown Elementary and Houma Jr. High School - are in Houma.

Officials have long pointed to the district’s aging buildings as a central issue. The average age of schools in Terrebonne is more than 60 years and some schools, like Gibson Elementary, are more than 100 years old.

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Information from: The Courier, https://www.houmatoday.com


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