Lafayette school construction projects on track for completion by start of next school year, officials say _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Construction continues on the new cafetorium at L.J. Alleman Middle School Thursday in Lafayette.

Ongoing school construction projects at campuses across the Lafayette school district should be completed in time for the new school year, Chief Operations Officer and Facilities Director Kyle Bordelon said.

Construction projects continue at Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy, Green T. Lindon Elementary and L.J. Alleman Middle to create additional space for growing student populations there.

The projects are part of a more than $30 million bond sale a few years ago that included new construction and renovations at a total of six schools.

At Lindon, the cafeteria is being expanded and the district is building a new parking area for faculty, Bordelon said, as well as a third, and final, new classroom building.

Students moved into two new classroom buildings on the campus in January as part of the total nearly $9 million construction project at the school that also included a new administrative office building. The third classroom building could be complete by the time students return in August for the 2015-16 school year, depending on the weather, Bordelon said.

By late May or early June, a new science classroom wing at Thibodaux STEM could be complete, he said.

The $9 million project on that campus includes six additional classrooms and labs in the science wing, as well as a new engineering lab at the middle and high school that offers specialized curriculum in STEM disciplines — science, technology, engineering and math.

A $3 million project on a new larger cafeteria that doubles as auditorium space on the campus of L.J. Alleman Middle School also continues, Bordelon said.

Recently, the School Board gave its approval for $82,950 of work to refurbish the football fields at Comeaux, Acadiana and Carencro high schools. That work started last week, Bordelon said.

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