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Taxpayers may help Walker High expand

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Posted: Jan 16, 2014 5:46 PM by Rebecca Buchanan
Updated: Jan 16, 2014 5:46 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: walker, property tax, livignston parish school board, tax, bond, may ballot, vote, walker high school, principal, jason st. pierre, st peirre

WALKER - Walker High School has outgrown its campus, and now school leaders may get taxpayers to help them expand.

The Livingston Parish School Board is considering a bond election at its meeting tonight. The tax would raise up to $25 million for the school during the next 20 years.

Walker High's principal says they need that money to build more classrooms and keep their programs alive. The school has about 1,000 students enrolled, with more on the way.

"We're also expected to grow in the next several years because the junior highs and elementaries are really growing as well. That growth is eventually going to get up to us, and we want to be prepared," Principal Jason St. Pierre explained. "The plan is to expand the school with some classrooms, some industrial art buildings and possibly a new band room, but nothing is set in stone yet, they're still in the planning stages of that."

As the town continues to grow, St. Pierre hopes they'll have the community's support to grow with it.

"It's important that they have buy in to what we want to do here because it's their kids, it's their community, it's our community and so we want them to be a part of that," St. Pierre said.

If the board passes the measure Thursday night it will be on the May ballot. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Livingston School Board office on Florida.

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