Ouachita Parish School Board approves resolution for bond election in east district

OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - Schools in the eastern district of Ouachita Parish could see some renovations in the near future.

The board is requesting that residents approve a 42 million dollar bond that would finance improvements for schools in the district. Source: (KNOE)

The OPSB voted to approve a resolution that would allow a special election in the eastern district to “authorize the incurring of debt and issuance of bonds.”

The board is requesting that residents approve a $42 million dollar bond that would finance improvements for schools in the district.

In addition, they voted on a resolution that would allow for a “capital improvements plan” which would allocate those funds for enhancements and renovations.

School Board Vice President Greg Manley calls the resolution a win-win situation for the district and the board.

“We look forward to bringing this before the taxpayers on the east side in a positive manner and I hope that we have the support needed to get this passed,” said Manley, the board member for District G.

Manley said he and other board members reviewed the needs from principals in the east district prior to creating the “capital improvements plan.”

“To make sure everyone has an opportunity to have some building enhancements and renovations in their school facility based on their needs of the principals," he said.

In addition, he mentioned the idea of rebuilding and relocating Sterlington Middle School. He said the construction is necessary in order to maintain the growing student population.

Manley also said the move would be safer for students considering the school’s close proximity to ANGUS Chemical Company.

“As you know in the past couple of weeks we’ve had an accident at the plant involving some propane tanks that really put our school in an alert lockdown situation,” he said.

If the resolution is approved by voters, it would allow the board to proceed with getting the bond and starting their “capital improvements plan.”

The special election will be in May.