Iberia

Dec 12, 2013 7:56 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Iberia Parish School Upgrades

In Iberia Parish, major changes are in store for every school in the district.

It all kicks off next year thanks to a fifty million dollar bond proposition the parish passed in October.

From the fifty million bond proposition, five million will go toward installing new security camera systems for Iberia Parish elementary schools, and also for the Alternative Center for Education and Iberia Parish Career Center.

St. Charles Street Principal Allison O'Donnell says the security camera system will make a big difference at her school.

"Our school is very long it's very expansive," Principal Allison O'Donnell said. "So it will be nice to just pull up a hallway and for safety reasons. We have a lot of doors, a lot of internal and external doors, so for the safety of our children it will be beneficial," she said.

Future athletic projects include two new football fields Mock-ups of the football fields have already been made for New Iberia Senior High School and Westgate High. Additionally, Jeanerette Senior High school will get an auditorium.

"It's going to be about a 550 seat auditorium. It's going to be a great space for that school that was promised it to them almost 40 years ago," Iberia Parish Superintendent Dale Henderson said.

Officials say they'll be able to start their new construction projects in March of 2014

In about the last 30 years, the parish has approved roughly 251 million dollars for schools.

The breakdown of the fifty million bond proposition includes five million dollars being used for school computer upgrades, 2.5 million will go towards school safety and new security camera systems, 13 million will buy land to build a new elementary school, 20 million will be for construction projects and renovations, and 8.5 million will be used for athletic facilities.

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