The Lafayette Parish School Board may have a Dec. 2 deadline to hit to decide whether to bring a tax proposal to voters.
But first they need to talk it out, Superintendent Donald Aguillard said.
On Wednesday, the board plans to give public notice of its intent to meet Dec. 2 to consider a potential resolution to call for an election to issue bonds or levy a new tax for school construction and maintenance.
The notice on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting is broad and encompasses several possibilities: The resolution may authorize the board to call an election for “issuance of general obligation bonds and/or the levy of an ad valorem (property) tax and/or the levy of a sales and use tax in the parish or in a sales tax district.”
Aguillard says the notice is procedural and further discussions of the board’s next steps will likely happen during a board workshop later this month.
“We’re thinking we’d like to have a board workshop late in October where we would discuss with the board the funding options and the priority list,” Aguillard said.
Last week, the board received the priority list from consultants. It’s an update of the board’s 2010 master plan and includes recommendations for two new schools — an elementary and a middle school for south Lafayette Parish. That’s in addition to plans underway to build a new high school in that part of the parish and also to replace Katharine Drexel Elementary in Broussard.
“The board still has time to weigh this thoughtfully and come up with the particulars,” Aguillard said.
Ideally, the board would meet after the workshop to make decisions related to the resolution that would be presented at the Dec. 2 meeting.
Some facility needs have been addressed with the sale of bonds that will be repaid with tax revenues. However, the school system recently reached its bonding capacity when it approved a $126 million bond sale with the majority earmarked for the initial phase of construction of the new high school and other projects such as the replacement Drexel facility and expansions of Plantation Elementary and Milton Elementary/Middle.
During Wednesday’s board meeting, the board also will receive preliminary designs for the new high school from architects. The designs are based on feedback from school employees, residents and architects during charrettes — planning sessions — held in August.
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