NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — School officials say work is about to get underway for the first phase of $50 million in school improvement projects Iberia Parish voters approved in October.

Last week, the Iberia Parish School Board approved the sale of $6.3 million in bonds, which enables the district to move forward on three major construction priorities.

Iberia Parish Schools Superintendent Dale Henderson says the major projects include construction of a new auditorium for Jeanerette High School and new stadiums for Westgate High and New Iberia Senior High.

Henderson says the initial bond sale will also jumpstart the purchase and installation of video surveillance cameras for every elementary school in the district.

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