Some Jeff Davis voters to decide on school safety improvement taxes | #schoolsaftey

LAKE ARTHUR and WELSH, La. (KPLC) – Some voters in Jeff Davis Parish will see bond continuations for safety improvements at schools in the Welsh-Roanoke and Lake Arthur areas.

Jeff Davis Parish Superintendent of Schools John Hall said while the taxes are both continuations of a 20-year bond, the cost will be significantly lower in both districts than in previous years.

“Instead of asking for the same bond, we have reduced the bond to only ask for what is needed by each school district,” Hall said. “The main focus of both bonds is centered around school safety. The passing of both bonds will create a new level of safety and better protect students and employees. These two bonds show the commitment of the Jeff Davis Parish School Board to place student and employee safety first.”

Jeff Davis Parish School District No. 1

Voters in School District No. 1 in the Lake Arthur area will see a bond measure on their ballots for $3.15 million over 20 years. The 4 mills construction bond would be used for safety upgrades to Lake Arthur High and Elementary Schools, Hall said.

“This bond is less than the last construction bond that was passed 20 years ago, which was at 9 mills,” he said. “The old bond will be ending in December 2024 and then the new bond will be starting afterward.”

Upgrades at both schools would include creating a single point of entry at the front of each school, controlling the entrances with vestibules, new camera upgrades and new fencing.

Welsh-Roanoke Consolidated School District No. 1

Voters in the Welsh-Roanoke Consolidated School District No. 1 will have the chance to approve a bond measure for $8.5 million over 20 years. The construction bond would cover safety upgrades at Welsh Elementary and High Schools, along with Welsh-Roanoke Jr. High School.

Hall said the 12 mills rate represents a decrease of 4.3 mills over the bond that was passed 20 years ago.

A single point of entry with vestibule, camera upgrades and new fencing would be placed at all three schools.

Welsh Elementary School would also see a new bus canopy, along with a new 12-classroom hallway with restrooms. Welsh High School would also receive student walkways and canopies and Welsh-Roanoke Jr. High School would see drainage improvements.

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