YOUNGSVILLE — With lots of contenders for the name of the new public high school to be built in Youngsville, the city council was unanimous Thursday in its simple request: Name it Youngsville High School.
“There are a lot of worthy residents that have been great contributors to the school system,” Councilman Matt Romero said.
“At the end of the day, there is a Lafayette High School, and there is a Carencro High School, and there’s even an Acadiana High School. There is no reason why it shouldn’t be Youngsville High School.”
The request will be sent to the Lafayette Parish School Board, which has created a naming committee to parse the various suggestions. The committee has not held its first meeting, and no timetable has been given on when a decision will be made.
Youngsville Mayor Ken Ritter said the School Board asked if the council had a request to submit it in the form of the resolution. Ritter said he thinks the council’s request should hold a lot of weight with the naming committee.
“The School Board has a policy on naming schools,” Ritter said. “Our resolution states that we are appreciative of this much-needed high school in our community; we recognize that our population growth is a primary reason to construct this high school.
“In our conversations and meetings, we agreed to do a lot of things for the high school that would normally be at the developer’s cost, such as extended water and sewer lines. There are plenty of worthy people, but this community is the reason the school is being placed in our city’s limits.”
Youngsville was once home to Youngsville High School, before it was closed during consolidation in 1966.
“We have worked hard since the time we got elected,” Councilman Jamey Abshire said, “and we’ve been working every step of the way and making sure our voices were heard. I could be fooling myself, but I think this resolution will carry a lot of weight.”
In another matter, a much-needed face-lift to Youngsville’s Foster Park is near completion, thanks to efforts from lifelong Youngsville resident Sandra Keal and Councilman Romero.
Approximately $50,000 has been pumped into Foster Park in the form of new swing sets, new basketball goals and courts, new tennis courts and nets, and a $35,000 playscape.
“Sometimes, we need a good awakening,” Romero said. “We don’t see everything in our city all the time. There’s a lot of aspects that we need to be reminded about from the citizens.”
Keal said she was surprised at how well the efforts turned out.
“I didn’t think it would get any attention because of the new sports complex,” Keal said.
“I figured it would be put on the back burner. The complex is too far away, and we need something for the children that live in this area. I didn’t think they would do anything.
“I met up with (Romero) and let him know the toys were outdated,” Keal added. “My kids are 26 and 24, and it was the same toys from when they would play there.”