BROUSSARD, La. (The Daily Advertiser) – The Lafayette Parish School Board has approved the purchase of 15 acres of land for a new elementary school in Broussard.
The land is at the corner of Fairfield Drive and Marteau Road.
The purchase will cost the school system $150,000. The city of Broussard is also contributing money toward the cost of the land.
The land is being sold by the Billeaud Companies, with stipulations including that the school be named after Martial F. Billeaud Sr., the family patriarch.
Officials hope the new school will alleviate overcrowding at several schools in the southern part of the parish.
Meanwhile, the board gave notice that on Jan. 11, they will consider calling for a tax election. The board has not indicated whether they support a property tax, sales tax or a combination.
Officials previously said they believe new tax dollars are needed to fund facility improvements and expansions throughout the parish.
“We have an epidemic problem here in Lafayette Parish regarding temporary classrooms,” board member Erick Knezek said, noting that there are almost 500 such classrooms in the parish.
“I think it’s time that we act not talk about action, but actually take action,” Knezek added.