LUTCHER — St. James Parish School Board President Charles Nailor said he is “99 percent sure” that St. James High School would relocate if pressed to do so by approaching industrial growth.
That’s the will of residents, many of whom are concerned about the possibilities of refinery and tank farms expected to relocate near the school, bringing with them increasing numbers of large trucks that would travel along River Road in Vacherie, Nailor said.
Nailor’s comments came during Tuesday night’s School Board meeting when board member Patricia Schexnayder asked for an update on land acquisition for construction of the new high school and football stadium.
Nailor said the board’s Building Committee and Schools Superintendent Alonzo Luce are still negotiating with property owners. The committee is looking at three sites and might have a fourth landowner interested in speaking with them, he said.
Schexnayder asked if any of the sites are near La. 3127, and Nailor said all of the sites are near that roadway.
Officials have said at previous School Board meetings they are looking at properties near the intersection of La. 3127 and La. 20. The construction of a new high school and stadium is expected to cost about $30 million, officials have said.
Nailor said he hopes a decision on the possible location of the new high school would be made by the end of the year.
Other business coming before the board included:
LIMESTONE ROAD: Board members unanimously agreed to allow B&S Poirrier Enterprises to install a limestone road serving the St. James High School athletic building for $80,256.
Nailor said after the meeting the committee chose limestone over concrete because it was less expensive in case the school would relocate.
ROLL CALL: School Board members George Nassar Jr., Kenneth Foret, Carol Lambert, Diana Cantillo, Patricia Schexnayder, Richard Reulet Jr. and Nailor attended the meeting.