Aug 6, 2012 7:15 PM by Jenise Fernandez
The Lafayette Parish School System took school board members on a tour to see renovations and improvements made to schools. It was the first day back for Northside High Principal Melinda Voorhies. She and faculty are getting the school ready for students on their first day back Friday.
"I think it's going to be huge in terms of climate and helping with enthusiasm with getting school started. I think it's going to change the atmosphere completely," said Voorhies.
Voorhies says students may not recognize Northside. The school has brand new floors, windows,freshly painted walls.. and more lights inside the once darker school.
"Hallways are much wider and better lit so all that is going to impact student learning in a lot of ways," said Voorhies.
Voorhies wants students to be proud of their school.
"It was long overdue. It was a neglected school for awhile and this huge not just for us, but for the community," said Voorhies.
Over at Paul Breaux Middle, Principal Loretta Caldwell says renovations were long overdue. She's been waiting 20 years to see the school's gym re-painted.
"It was painted two weeks ago. It made me very happy to see that finally being done," said Caldwell.
Plus freshly painted walls throughout the school and new floors.
"We've always had an excellent school, painted or not painted. This is just going to make our school nicer," said Caldwell.
Carencro Middle and Alice Boucher Elementary also received renovations. The total cost to improve all four schools is $2 million. Dr. Cooper says he plans to ask the school board for an additional $7 million to continue work at Northside for a new auditorium, air conditioning in the gym and more restroom improvements.