In the midst of a heated debate over the name of a new proposed high school, the City of Youngsville hits another bump in the road.
“It’s not a surprise that we are going to need to do some improvements to the road leading to the school,” Mayor Ken Ritter told KLFY’s Carly Laing.
The mayor is asking surrounding communities and the Lafayette Parish school board for finical help to repair roads near the site of the new high school.
Ritter estimates the cost of road improvements to be about $3.2 million.
“The reason I’m bringing up the question is because there is going to be a cost associated with it, and I’ve just raised the question whether it’s the school system, the city of Broussard or a private donor, I’m open to options,” Ritter said.
The city is already investing $1.2 million in a new sewage system and will be investing an additional $3.2 million estimated for the road improvements if they don’t receive help.
“Because there is so much concern with me wanting the name to be Youngsville High, what I’m doing is putting the information out about what we are contributing to this process, so that if someone does have a strong desire to have another name I invite them to come with their checkbook and help us out,” Ritter said.
In addition to the debate over funds for road improvements, there is still a big controversy over the final name.
Ritter added that since taxpayers of Youngsville are providing funds for the school, they feel strongly in naming the new school Youngsville High School.
The mayor is open to other names as long as the selection process is done fairly, “It is a City of Youngsville responsibility and we are prepared to fund entirely should we need to.”
The names for the new school have been narrowed down to:
- Caneview High School
- Cypress High School
- Youngsville High School
- Veterans High School