LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) — The Livingston Parish School Board will vote Jan. 16 on whether to call a spring election to raise property taxes in the Walker area to pay for facility improvements at Walker High School.

State law requires the board to announce any intention to consider a new tax or bond at least 30 days before choosing to send the issue to voters.

Officials say the new buildings for Walker High School are needed because of rapid growth at the school.

Early plans include new classrooms, an upgraded technology center and new science labs.

School system officials have said they hope to get the issue on the May 3 ballot, but have not determined the amount of the bond or how much taxpayers would pay for it.