School board voting over costly repairs to PC Central
POINTE COUPEE - The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board is continuing their fight to reopen Pointe Coupee Central High School with a vote scheduled for Thursday over how to move forward.
The school was shut down last year when the State Recovery District failed to improve test scores. In October the board presented a new STEM academy, for science, technology, engineering and math to a federal judge. The approval process is underway, but on Thursday the board will decide whether or not to fork over a million dollars for repairs the state left behind.
"In my mind," Superintendent Linda D'Amico said, "it would have to be repaired regardless."
Superintendent D'Amico says the lengthy process has put their back against the wall, explaining they need to move forward in case they get the green light come August.
"The HVAC system, the heating the cooling. That has to be repaired. That's major," Superintendent D'Amico said.
At Thursday's meeting, they'll vote to fix the damage out of pocket, banking on approval from the state bond commission for a million dollar loan and a federal order demanding the RSD pay for the work they left behind.
"Our repairs will go down to the wire," Superintendent D'Amico said. "We're not off base yet, but we need to move now."