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Lafourche school security upgrades continue

Lafourche school security upgrades continue

The Lafourche Parish School Board is scheduled to move forward with several large projects this week.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the School Board office, 805 E. 7th St., Thibodaux.

According to the tentative agenda, the board is scheduled to award construction bids for over $866,000 in security upgrades at Thibodaux High School.

According to bidding results, TBT Contracting was the low bidder, with four other companies bidding on the project. Duplantis Design Group is designing the project. The total estimated project cost, including design fees, is about $963,000.

The district has been slowly upgrading security at each school to create single-point-of-entry systems and new technology.

In 2015, the School Board voted to spend about $3 million a year over 10 years using a portion of the system’s existing property tax.

The board is also expected to move forward with bids to replace the roof at W.S. Lafargue Elementary School and to move the lab at Larose-Cut Off Middle School.

The board has held off on hiring an architectural firm for the merged East and West Thibodaux Middle School project.

Under the previous board, the Land and Facilities Management Committee heard several presentations from prospective architects, but a final hiring decision was held off until the new board took office.

The top three firms under consideration were Duplantis Design Group with Cheramie + Bruce Architects, Gossen-Holloway-Cortez and Weimer-Gros-Flores with PBK Architects, all based in Thibodaux.

The new committee chairman, Robby Gisclair, is expected to make a recommendation to the board on how to move forward.

The district is planning to build a $30 million combined East and West Thibodaux Middle School on the vacant property between the two schools on Cardinal Drive.

The new school is expected to be a large facility, with two gyms, a cafeteria and possibly two stories for classrooms.

All of the projects are part of the $80 million bond issue approved by voters in 2017.


-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaArenstam.