The newest schools in Lafayette Parish were built in 1999 and 2002, but the majority are overdue for major renovations.

In some cases the repairs and needs are so exorbitant that planning consultants have recommended at least seven schools be rebuilt.

The district's master plan lays out needs and a capital improvement plan to get started.

On Oct. 22, voters will decide whether to support a 20-year, 23-mill property tax to fund $561 million in repairs and construction as well as a 2-mill property tax dedicated to maintenance.

A coalition pushing for action to repair and maintain schools says that electrical capacity issues are commonplace. Classrooms and hallways are dimly lit. Some hallways are "decorated" with exposed plumbing lines overhead.

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