St. James voters OK school propositions

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 19, 2000

DANIEL TYLER GOODEN / L’Observateur / July 19, 2000

GRAMERCY – St. James Parish voters approved two school boardpropositions Saturday by more than a three to one margin.

Proposition one passed 1,726 to 576, and proposition two passed 1,729 to 477.

School officials were excited Monday by the chance at improving the schools with the $6 million received through proposition one. Projects tobe funded were outlined at the end of June, with the money being divided up for replacement of the roofing and air conditioning systems at Romeville, Fifth Ward, Vacherie and Vacherie Primary elementary schools and the replacement of the air conditioning systems at Lutcher Elementary. Cost of the repair projects is estimated at $4 million.Two technology centers are scheduled to be constructed also on the Lutcher and St. James high school campuses. Currently, the buildings aredesigned with four classrooms, three containing 30 computers each. Thefourth room will be a technology lab with around 15 computers with math, science and technology software. The lab will be used for teaching a widevariety of subjects from automotive to construction to health management technology. The technology centers will cost $1.5 million,including the required equipment.

Also being constructed at the two high schools will be competitive grade athletic tracks, both costing $250,000 a piece.

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