Plan aims to upgrade safety at Lafourche schools

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 16, 2014 at 6:51 a.m.



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THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Lafourche voters could decide May 2 whether to rededicate a portion of a property tax to pay for increased safety measures at parish public schools.

The election would rededicate 4 of 15 mills being used to pay the debt on school construction bonds. School spokesman Floyd Benoit tells The Courier (http://bit.ly/1ABRkAg ) four mills are projected to bring in more than $3.5 million a year,

The school board will decide Jan. 7 whether to send the issue to voters.

Officials say low interest rates helped save money and repay the construction debt more quickly than expected.

Superintendent Jo Ann Mathews said the rededicated money would be used to add school police officers and install wiring for alarm systems, new door locks and create single-point entry systems at school.

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Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com

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