$2.5M approved for St. Mary Parish school projects
CENTERVILLE, La. — The St. Mary public school system’s three maintenance districts together approved $2.5 million in maintenance and capital projects this week.
The district committees considered special project “wish lists” submitted by the principals at each of the district’s 26 campuses. Central Office Complex maintenance also is funded through these meetings. In total, $1.54 million in maintenance and $914,500 in capital projects were approved.
The meetings were held Tuesday and Wednesday at the Central Office Complex in Centerville with school principals in attendance.
District 3 (Morgan City and Amelia) approved $466,675 in maintenance and $274,000 in capital. District 2 (Berwick, Bayou Vista and Patterson) approved the bulk of the funds at $706,986 in maintenance and $364,000 in capital. District 1 (Centerville, Franklin and Baldwin) approved $367,689 in maintenance and $276,500 in capital.
In District 3, the largest single request approved was $130,000 to completely fund the estimated $150,000 replacement of a kitchen hood, air conditioning system and roof in the cafeteria at Norman Elementary. The next largest amount granted also was at Norman, where the committee agreed to add $50,000 to the multi-purpose room fund. Another $50,000 could be spent to renovate the field house at Morgan City High School.
The committee put $50,000 toward those renovations last year, but $34,325 is left in the fund. After the new athletic director makes his renovation wishes known, the committee will decide whether to dedicate another $50,000 to the project.
M.D. Shannon Elementary also received $50,000 toward the estimated $115,000 cost of waterproofing the three-story building there.
Officials in District 2 put $100,000 toward the $530,000 replacement of the four heating, ventilation and air conditioning units on the gym at Patterson High School. Another $100,000 was put toward a duplicate project at Berwick High School. Additionally, $95,000 completely funded the $135,000 replacement of a boiler at Hattie Watts Elementary.
The district spent $240,000 on Promethean boards — a computerized, interactive whiteboard system — with the goal of getting one in each elementary school classroom and every core curriculum classroom in junior high and high schools. Even with this expenditure, that goal will not be met, but it is hoped that another round of funding next year will be enough to bring the district to 100 percent.
District 3 funded its schools’ purchase of Promethean boards earlier this year to fully meet the goal.
District 1 put $150,000 of one-time funds toward their purchase of the boards, bringing the classrooms there to 100 percent of the goal.
Other expenditures in District 1 include $58,000 for a fresh air unit, air handlers and ceiling tiles for wing B of Foster Elementary. Construction of a canopy over the basketball court at J.A. Hernandez was funded for $35,000. Another $35,000 was put toward the construction of a $70,000 play canopy at B.E. Boudreaux. Centerville will get a single roof replacement over the old elementary building for $23,000, and $22,000 will be spent to add a bathroom to the gym at Foster Elementary.
Up to $50,000 may be approved for football program infrastructure at Centerville if the program is deemed sustainable.