- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MONROE, La. (AP) - Continued growth on the western side of Ouachita Parish has school board members concerned about meeting the future needs of the district’s students.

The News-Star reports (https://tnsne.ws/1FFoZ2a ) the board will ask west side voters Saturday to approve the extension of an existing sales tax to allow it to plan for an increasing student population along with technology upgrades, facility needs and security improvements.

Without voter approval, the tax, which was passed in 1998, would expire in 2024.

According to incoming Superintendent Don Coker, several west-side schools, including Claiborne Elementary and West Ridge Middle School, are near capacity.

Voters on the eastern side of the Ouachita Parish School District approved a property tax for similar projects, including the construction of a new middle school, in May 2014.

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