VILLE PLATTE — Mike Holt, a representative with the architectural firm of Yeager and Watson of Alexandria, announced Wednesday that construction at Ville Platte High School is substantially complete after 18 months of renovation.

The $3 million program involved improvements to the school offices, restrooms, gymnasium, auditorium and other areas. Holt said the contractor has a punch list to complete within the next 45 days.

The Ville Platte High project, in the facilities area, was the last factor in the overall federal desegregation case before the Evangeline School District could be declared unitary and free from federal oversight.

Superintendent Toni Hamlin told the School Board that representatives from the U.S. Justice Department will be visiting the school soon.

TRANSPORTATION: In other business, the board approved amending a motion by Member Jerry Hoffpauir to advertise for quotes for the board’s transportation contract for a three-year period.

The original agenda item called to extend the contract with the current transportation provider, First Student. The vote was 10-3 with board members Nancy Hamlin, Peggy Forman and Lonnie Sonnier voting against the amendment.

First Student’s current two-year contract is costing $2.3 million annually. Feb. 3 will be the deadline for private transportation companies to submit quotes.

TAX DISTRIBUTION: School Board Business Manager Amy LaFleur reported on the sales tax excess distributions to employees.

Full-time degreed personnel will receive $2,681, about $281 less than last year. Full-time support personnel will receive $1,204, $126 less than last year. The checks will be issued Nov. 18.

WIND FARM: Hamlin said a firm is interested in leasing property from the board and other property owners along La. 13 west of Mamou to erect a wind farm.

The company, Reliable Land Services, is doing a study to determine the feasibility of erecting 400-foot tall windmills to generate electricity along that area and another area in Jeff Davis and Acadia parishes.