YOUNGSVILLE, La. (KLFY) – Friday, Lafayette parish school board members broke ground on the highly anticipated Southside High School.
It will be the first high school built in Lafayette parish since 1969.
“It’s a great day,” said School Board Member Jeremy Hidalgo, “We’re looking forward to get moving on this new state of the art facility.”
The need for the new school comes from overcrowding in the Lafayette parish school system.
“We are overcrowded everywhere,” said Hidalgo, “This new school is coming at the right place at the right time.”
The construction of the school was approved unanimously by the nine board members.
“When you’re sitting at the table with nine people who represent nine different constituencies throughout Lafayette parish and they all come together for one common cause that doesn’t really do any improvements in their district, I think that’s powerful,” said Hidalgo.
The school plans to open its doors to students in 2017 and hope to have at least 1,400 students attending by 2019.