LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN)- If you are a parent, student, or alumni of Lafayette High School (LHS), you may be interested in where the new school will be.
The Lafayette Parish School Board (LPSB) has opened a survey for feedback on if the school should remain in the same location or be rebuilt somewhere else.
Denise Melancon, an alumnus (97’) and parent at LHS, said that the school should remain right here at the same location.
“Tear down the stadium, tear down the baseball fields, tear down everything over there. Make parking only a priority for maybe seniors to reduce the amount of parking that we need on campus and start the construction there, Melancon said.
In May, LHS was approved by the school board to get a newly rebuilt school.
“It needs to be somewhere that's accessible to the students of LHS, currently zoned for that. In other words, if we move 5 or 10 miles to the east or to the west that is going to make our current homes that we bought, we rent with whatever now be in a different school zone that we didn't particularly want our children going to,” she continued.
Rebuilding lafayette high has been talked about for years. Parents and alumni even made a Facebook group called Rebuild Lafayette High that helped bring this idea to fruition.
“It is something that matters to our entire community and we hope our entire community has input on the process,” Rodolfo Espinoza, a member of the Rebuild Lafayette High group, said.
Isabella Anderson, a freshman, also wishes that the school remains at the same location.
“This is a very historic school that has so much history in so many accomplishments right on this state, so I feel like it'd be so much better for the state here to continue the legacy,” Anderson said.
Anderson wants the school to be built with more space in mind and includes amenities such as an indoor track and a state-of-the-art auditorium.
“I actually had a show (concert) last night and we did not have any lights that work that we wish would work. More lights, more seating more accessible seating for handicapped personnel, more stage room, just a lot more space for us to be creative with it,” she continued.
If LHS is approved for a new site it will be its third location since it opened. The school's previous location was at the current Lafayette Middle School on West University Ave and later moved to its location on W. Congress St.
The survey will be open for voting until mid-December. The next LPSB meeting will be in January which is the earliest they could approve a new site. For the link to the survey click here.