YOUNGSVILLE, La. (AP) — Fast growth in the Youngsville area of Lafayette Parish is stressing the capacity of the school system.

Superintendent Pat Cooper says the district isn't prepared for the growth the community is experiencing and staff has asked the School Board several times to start the process to bring a tax proposal to voters to pay for upgrades.

The Advocate reports that among problems confronting the district are overcrowding at schools and too few buses in service.

Cooper says he plans to present a proposal to address growth in the southern part of the parish to the School Board in September. Part of that plan involves building a new school in Youngsville, he says.