- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

CONVENT, La. (AP) - St. James Parish school officials are promising to hit the ground running after voters gave their approval earlier this month to a $56 million bond issue. The money will be used to upgrade schools and relocate and build anew the system’s west bank high school.

A new $33 million St. James High School is the bond issue’s centerpiece after school officials agreed to sell the existing high school to Yuhuang Chemical Inc. The Chinese company is building a $1.85 billion methanol complex next to the school.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1zVAjGb ) the plan includes upgrades for every parish elementary school; moves west bank sixth-graders to St. James High, which now has seventh- to 12th-graders; adds an Olympic-size swimming pool; and creates a new early college high school near Lutcher High.

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

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