While Youngsville recently staked a claim for its namesake to be forever attached to the parish’s new high school, a moniker for the school will wait until parish residents have a chance to weigh in — particularly those students who will be among the first classes to call it their alma mater, the school system’s district planning administrator said Friday.
On Thursday, the Youngsville City Council approved a resolution asking the Lafayette Parish School Board to name the high school Youngsville High School. The school is to be constructed on board-owned property located in Youngsville, and the facility is needed to help the rapid growth in south Lafayette Parish, particularly Youngsville.
Sandra Billeaudeau, the school system’s district planning administrator, said members have yet to be appointed to the various committees that will help guide the school planning and programming process — including the committee that will help identify potential names for the school. She said reports about the council’s decision sparked questions to her office about the school system’s process for naming the school.
“The last high school we named and built was Acadiana High. They named it Acadiana High because it would service all of those communities,” Billeaudeau said. “This particular high school will be named something that will help service all of our communities — in Lafayette, Broussard and Youngsville.”
Plans for the school are still in the “infant stages,” Billeaudeau said.
Architects are designing a three-story building, and the curriculum at the school will revolve around careers focused on natural resources, energy and agriculture.
In August, architects met with school system employees and community members for charrettes — planning sessions — to rough out a preliminary schematic design for the school. Architects have been working off those ideas and will present a preliminary design to the School Board at its next meeting Wednesday.
More meetings with community members and employees will be planned in the coming months — and students will be among the first groups with a seat at the planning table, Billeaudeau said. She said she wants to field students’ opinions on the new high school from what the mascot should be to their expectations of the new school.
That feedback will also include communities across the parish.
“We want to make sure that we are allowing a voice for everybody,” she said.
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