St. Martin School Board lists projects

By Henri C. Bienvenu

henritnews@bellsouth.net

St. Martin Parish voters will go to the polls on Saturday, April 4, to consider a $30 million bond issue being proposed by the St. Martin School Board.

Bonding attorneys who advise the board on such matters say that recent growth in the assessed taxable property in the parish, coupled with the retirement of bonds issued in years past, would enable the school system to retire the new bond issue without having to increase the 22.39 mills currently being levied for bond service. They added that, in fact, it will probably be possible to actually lower the rate by one or two mills.

The April 4 ballot will also include a proposal to renew an 8.32 mills property tax dedicated to school operations. The tax has been in effect for some time, but is due for renewal for another 10-year period.

Here is the list of proposed construction projects school board members hope to complete if parish voters approve the $30 million bond issue on April 4.

Breaux Bridge Area

•BB Primary: Multi-purpose room, food storage, playground upgrade.$1,247,000

•BB Elementary: New desks, playground equipment.$188,000

•BB Jr. High: New desks, remodel work.$492,000

•BB High: Auditorium, greenhouse.$4,172,000

Cecilia Area

•Cecilia Primary: 8 new classrooms, 2 restrooms, remove 4 buildings.$1,572,000

•Teche Elementary: 8 new classrooms, remove 3 buildings.$1,179,000

•Cecilia Jr. High: Sprinkler system repair.$75,000

•Cecilia High: Band room & gym, classroom walls.

$4,050,000

St. Martinville Area

*Early Learning Center: Intercom system, repaint school, exercise track, restroom stall dividers, storage building, parking, seating for bus area, playground.$207,000

•SM Primary: 1st & 4th grade restrooms, canopy area with benches, restroom stall dividers, culverts/dirt.

$784,000

•SM Jr. High: Storage room, football & softball fields, landscape commons area, canopy/commons area, new parking.$665,000

•SM Sr. High: Remove carpet, gym, concession stand with restroom, restroom stall dividers, remove buildings, split A/C system, remove satellite dish.$3,836,000

Parks Area

•Parks Primary: 10 new classrooms, new restroom, remove 3 buildings, multi-purpose room, car-rider pickup area.$3,130,000

•Parks Middle: Redo water lines, drop ceiling/lights, canopy around gym, desks, bleachers.$217,000

Catahoula

•Catahoula Elementary: Drop ceiling/lights, smart boards, restroom stall dividers, open library into one, new parking area.$142,000

Stephensville

•Stephensville Elementary: New fence, climate control storage, redo track.$125,000

Parishwide Projects

•JCEP/PAC Alternative School: Fix restrooms, upgrade gym.$200,000

•Instructional Center: New offices.$3,362,000

•Bus Shop: EPA upgrade, tools, cameras for all buses.

$535,000

•Maintenance: Tools.

$25,000

•Parishwide replacement of old A/C units.$2,500,000

•Technology for schools:

$500,000

•Parishwide cafeteria equipment upgrades.

$250,000

•Parishwide gym floor upgrades.$150,000

•Professional fees:

$350,000

•Other costs:$57,000

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