LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Westside Elementary Students who have been displaced since the August floods will have to wait a little longer to get onto their temporary campus at Scott Middle. January looks to be out of the question.
Chief Administrative Officer for LPSS, Joe Craig says he’s just glad that the school board had the foresight to approve taking bids for the modular campus project before the holidays. He says when school resumes in January the school district will be ahead as opposed to starting from square one.
Also, Craig says a number of agencies handling the project can affect the project completion timeline. Other schools in Louisiana are in the same situation which creates a challenge in finding portable structures. “There’s only a limited number of sources for that and we have to see what vendors are available,” adds Craig.
Craig says it’s time for Westside students to get close to where they live, but the project has to be done correctly. “There’s a level of frustration. Everybody wishes it would move quicker; but in order to do it right and meet FEMA requirements we need to take it step by step and make sure everything is done properly.”
Westside Principal Lisa Thomas says it’s a bit disheartening. Parents, students and staff were looking forward to getting closer to home. “I think the parents were definitely anticipating the move and so were the students. On the daily basis, I do get questions,” says Thomas. “We just adjusted fairly well and we’re going to continue to do that through the rest of the year,” explains Thomas