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The St. Martin School Board's wish list

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How the proposed bonded $64.5M would be spent
Henri C. Bienvenu

The St. Martin School Board last week unveiled a “scope of work and expenditure breakdown” for the $64.5 million bond proposal members hope parish voters will approve in an April 9 special election.
Board members have stressed that the bonds could be financed over the next 20 years without any increase in the current level of millage taxes levied on property.
The latest proposal follows the issuance of $30 million in bonds approved in 2009 and another $40.35 million OKed by voters in 2013.
Approval would allow the board to continue with a sweeping array of improvements at schools and facilities throughout the parish.
If the bond issue is approved, the board is bound by an agreement it made relating to a desegregation lawsuit to undertake major improvements to the Breaux Bridge Jr. High campus, with just over $6.2 million earmarked for that project, considerably more than is budgeted for any of the 15 other campuses.
In addition to the monies allocated to the individual schools, the board plans to spend $14.2 million for projects designated as benefiting the entire parish, including a new office annex adjacent to the new Administrative Office in Breaux Bridge, improvements at the JCEP facility and new Career Center, heating/cooling and roof repairs at various schools, technology and food services.
The plan was adopted during last Wednesday’s meeting without discussion, although it is obvious that members conducted extensive collaboration with principals, architects and engineers.
Listed below is a breakdown of per school budgets. The amounts that might be spent on each category of school improvements was not made available.

Parish-wide Projects

•Administrative Annex$2,760,000
•Career Center$2,760,000
•JCEP$460,000
•HVAC/Roofs$5,980,000
•Technology$1,380,000
•Food Services$920,000

Breaux Bridge Primary
$1,125,000

•Playground Equipment Upgrades
•Parking Upgrades
•Bus Canopy & Walkways
•Existing Cafeteria Expansion

Breaux Bridge Elementary
$5,331,962

•Playground Equipment Upgrades
•Parking Upgrades
•Upgrade Existing Canopies/Drives
•Classroom Renovations
•New Multipurpose Building
(Including Restrooms)
•New Classroom Building

Breaux Bridge Jr. High
$6,264,344

•Parking Upgrades
•Drainage/Fencing Upgrades
•Canopy Upgrades
•Renovate Existing Buildings
•New Elevator & Restroom
Upgrades for Bldg. F
•New Pavilion
•6 New Classrooms (minimum)
•2 Resource Rooms
•Renovate Gym
•New Kitchen/Renovate Dining Room

Breaux Bridge High
$4,605,819

•Parking Upgrades
•Renovate Existing Buildings
•Fieldhouse Equipment
•Natural or Artificial Turf Field
•Replace Track
•Repair/Upgrade Football Pressbox
& Concession Stands
•Regulatory Compliant Restrooms
for Baseball/Softball Fields

Cecilia Primary
$4,341,370

•Parking/Drive Upgrades
•Parent Pickup
•Drainage Upgrades
•New Bus Canopy
•Canopy Upgrades
•Renovate Existing Buildings
•New Multipurpose Building

Teche Elementary
$3,079,728

•Parking/Drive Upgrades
•Parent Pickup
•New Bus Canopy
•Upgrade Canopies
•Renovate Existing Buildings
•New Restroom/Storage/
Classroom Building
•New Multipurpose Building
•Renovate Existing Gym/Restrooms

Cecilia Jr. High
$3,118,294

•Parking & Canopy Upgrades
•Dining Room Canopy Upgrade
•Upgrade Commons Area
•Flooring Upgrades
•Demolish Old Metal Gym
•New Kitchen/Renovate Dining Room

Cecilia High
$4,401,973

•Parking Upgrades
•New Football Locker Room
•Natural or Artificial Turf Field
•Replace Track
•Stadium/Pressbox Relocation
& Upgrades
•New Restrooms/Concessions

Early Learning Center
$3,844,619

•Parking/Drive/Drainage Upgrades
•Upgrade Campus Canopies &
parent/Bus Drop off
•Upgrade Electrical
•Renovate Cafeteria Building
•New Storage Building
•Renovate Existing Buildings
•Enclose Front of School/Buzzer
System (security/safety)

St. Martinville Primary
$3,629,313

•Parking/Drive Upgrades
•Renovate Existing Buildings
•Restroom Upgrades/Storage Bldg.
•New Playground
•New Storage Building
•Furniture & Cameras

St. Martinville Jr. High
$1,437,500

•Parking/Drainage Upgrades
•Enclose Front of School/Cameras
& Buzzer System
•Extend Bus Canopy with Seating
•Outdoor Seating at Pavilion
•Cafeteria Upgrades/Canopies
•Renovate Existing Buildings
•2 New Health Classrooms

St. Martinville Sr. High
$3,242,202

•Parking/Drainage Upgrades
•Remove Portable Buildings &
Replace with New Classrooms
•New Computer Lab
•Renovate Existing Buildings
•Cafeteria Tables & Chairs

Parks Primary
#1,187,500

•Parking Upgrades
•Bus & Parent Pickup Canopies
•Restroom Upgrades
•Window Replacements

Parks Middle
$2,762,706

•Parking Upgrades
•Canopy Upgrades
•Renovate Existing Buildings
•Kitchen Addition
•New Library & Classroom Building

Catahoula
$1,134,927

•Parking Upgrades
•Restroom Upgrades
•Paint Exterior/Interior
•4 New Classrooms
•Equipment & Furniture

Stephensville
$732,744

•Drainage Upgrades
•New Bus Canopy
•Renovate Existing Buildings
•Food Prep Floor Abate/Replace
•Exterior Lighting
•Paint Exterior/Interior

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