LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Relocated Westside Elementary students could be headed back to their schools’ campus in Scott. Westside Students have been attending class at another school since the recent flood. According to the LPSB agenda, the board will hear about the proposal to build a temporary campus in Scott just for Westside Students.
LPSS Chief Administrative Officer Joe Craig says the district realizes the flood repairs at Westside are going to take more time and finances than originally planned.
According to board documents, FEMA representatives have suggested the school board consider moving temporary buildings onto a site in the Scott community so that students can return to their community sooner than later.
The district proposes to lease approximately 20 to 24 portable classrooms and place them on the campus of Scott Middle along with dining hall and kitchen facility. “You have to make sidewalks. We want covered walkways for the weather. There’s set up cost,” explains Craig. “While N.P. Moss Prep has worked as an interim situation, we really want the kids closer to home,” notes Craig.
The estimated cost of the project is about $1.3 million, which will be submitted to FEMA to seek help in offseting the cost. LPSS School board member Mary Morrison represents the school district where Westside is located. “I think if parents had a choice, I think they would choose to have their kids closer to home,” says Morrison.
Morrison adds that she supports the idea. She explains that many of the students are zoned for Scott and not to mention the benefits in transportation costs. “Transportation concerns will be eliminated. We won’t have to bus the students here and there and everywhere,” adds Morrison.
The school board meeting is Wednesday, October 5th at 5:30pm.