PLAISANCE, La (KLFY) – St. Landry Parish School officials say students and staff of Plaisance Elementary School won’t be returning to their campus anytime soon.
Board members were hopeful that the school would reopen before the holidays, but after further inspection of damage caused by the historic flood back in August–the school will remain closed much longer than expected.
The school took in 13 inches of water during the August flood, resulting in the school being closed for the entire year.
“With the bid law in process and all these things that you have to do legally to deal with federal monies, it’s pushing the whole thing back,” said St. Landry Parish School Board Member, Anthony Standberry.
Standberry says the school is looking at millions of dollars in damage.
“They had to gut it out and then make sure that air quality samples are good with no moisture and no mold and all these other kind of things in it,” said Standberry.
It’s repairs that Standberry says to his understanding will come at no cost to the school board.
“We happened to have had flood insurance,” said Standberry. “The flood insurance is going to take care of a lot of it and then FEMA steps in and does a certain percentage.”
Standberry says Plaisance students will remain at Washington Elementary School during repairs, however, the biggest issue with that is–bus routes–which have forced some students to catch a bus as early as 6 a.m., a problem that Standberry says they’re working on.
“These kids are getting up too early in the morning to get to school, so some adjustments are going to be made,” said Standberry. “With the rescheduling of buses I think what’s going to happen is that Plaisance is going to be a drop-off point, where they just drop-off and get on buses and go where they have to go.”
Standberry just asks for patience from parents and students during this process.
Repairs to the school are expected to be completed in May–in time for the campus to reopen next school year.