LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — The Lafayette Parish School System will likely seek taxpayer approval for a property tax next spring. The funds would be used to close the gap on more than a billion dollars in system-wide facility needs.
Superintendent Don Aguillard says the board appears inclined to address building needs in a system that has some 471 temporary buildings, some so old that they were used when Aguillard began teaching four decades ago.
The Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/1h7vPUk) Lafayette collects 33.56 mills in property taxes, well behind similar-sized systems like Caddo, St. Tammany and Ascension parishes.
Aguillard says 20 percent of the parish's schoolchildren are taught in temporary buildings — in some, teacher lectures are drowned out when rainfall hits the roof — and some teachers spend their entire careers teaching in temporary buildings.
Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com