Eleven schools in Evangeline Parish are recieving capital improvements after nearly two decades. Superintendent Darwan Lazard says that they are ready to start putting work in for schools most run down in the parish.
“A number of our schools were built in the early 1900’s, so I think our newest school was built 20 years ago. We have a lot of work to do here in Evangeline Parish and this is a huge step forward on the part of the Evangeline Parish school board to address the needs, the concerns and the situations that exist on every campus.” Darwan Lazard Said
4.6 million dollars from the school board budget will be invested in capital projects that will help support a better work environment.
“We have some things that have been paid for in the past and that we were paying for. Now that this money is available, instead of tucking it away in the school board's savings account ,I recommend it to the board that we would invest in our campuses." Darwan Lazard Said.
Evangeline Parish School staff are excited and grateful to finally bring change to the parish schools.
“This dives into the needs of the particular school , so the schools have a choice and have a voice in how this money is going to be used for school improvements.” Kelli Lafleur Said.
High school principal Rico Guillory adds, “This allows the school board to attract even more teachers that can help us accomplish our goal to get higher test scores and better teachers in the classrooms”
The school board funds will be going to each school campus for those needed projects and will also give raises to their school employees for their hard work during the pandemic.