VILLE PLATTE — The Evangeline Parish School Board on Wednesday approved a change order to the major renovation project at Ville Platte High School.

The changes include replacing wiring and conduit to the school gymnasium, changing door openings, renovating the main building stairs and replacing the flooring in the main building hallways. The total price tag, according to architect Perry Watson, will be $116,822.

The original contract called for the project to cost the School Board $3 million. With the newest change order, the renovation project has increased to $3.3 million.

Superintendent Toni Hamlin said there has been a lot of progress in the construction work, with the auditorium about 90 percent complete. The office area is complete and furniture has been ordered.

Watson told board members the entire project should be completed by New Year’s Day.

In a related matter, Hamlin said local industries have had the opportunity to visit the school. The Cabot Corporation Citizens Board held a recent meeting at the school. And, Cameron Corporation also visited.

Hamlin told the board she is committed to continue reaching out to local business and industry, and to prepare students who do not go on to post-secondary education to enter the job market.

In other action the School Board:

• Received news from Business Manager Amy Lafleur that sales tax collections for June, the final month in the fiscal year, increased over the same period a year ago. Overall, the school district collected $216,710 less sales taxes during the entire year than in the previous year.

• Approved Hamlin’s recommendation to permit the use of parent volunteers as substitute teachers once they have completed parish training and a background check.