Meaux Elementary to get new cafeteria

The Vermilion School Board accepted two bids from two different contractors - one to tear down and haul off the debris from the old Henry Elementary School and the other to build a new cafeteria at Meaux Elementary.

Fremin General Contractors of New Iberia gave the lowest bid of $1,402,379 to build the Meaux cafeteria. Abbeville’s Minville Lumber Company lost the bid by just over $6,000.

The project is expected to begin by April and will take at least a year to build.

Gene Sellers Jr. is the architect who designed the new cafeteria. He also designed the new gym after the old one burnt.

The new cafeteria is being built because the school has outgrown the old one. The old one sits around 80 students whereas the new one will sit 200.

The new cafeteria will be connected to the east end of the gym. There will be a dining room and a new kitchen and bathrooms.

The Meaux cafeteria is the School Board’s newest project. The new Kaplan Middle School gym is almost complete.

Contractors are expected to begin knocking down Henry Elementary next month.

In other School Board business, the main two-story School Board office will be getting a new elevator. The board approved hiring Minville Lumber after it submitted the lowest bid of $220,500 to replace the old one.

Duane Davidson Construction bid $221,700.

The School Board is changing the elevator because the old one, which was installed in the 1950s, is broken and getting parts for it is impossible.

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