Lafayette Parish School Board members will spend time this week discussing facility needs and the new high school during meetings scheduled Wednesday and Thursday.

At Wednesday’s 5:30 p.m. meeting, the board will decide whether to pay $25,000 to update the facilities master plan created in 2010. On Thursday, at 5 p.m., the board’s finance committee will discuss two possible options to finance facility improvements throughout the district: property tax increases and a bond sale.

After the money talks, at 6 p.m. Thursday, the board’s facilities committee will make recommendations related to construction of a new high school in Youngsville.

Last week, the full board selected Abell+Crozier+Davis Architects to design the school. The firm will discuss the option of hiring a construction manager to oversee the project. Downtown Development Authority Director Nathan Norris will also provide information to the committee about best practices for school planning and school system staff will provide a status report on the selection of committees that will help with the high school planning process.

Also on Thursday, the School Board’s executive committee will meet at 5 p.m. to discuss potential cost-saving strategies involving transportation route changes and possible changes in its transportation and property casualty insurance programs.

The meetings are open to the public and the agendas can be viewed online at