The Board tasked the joint venture of SGB Architects & Yates Construction to assess and propose needed changes. A number of proposals were put forth, from building of new schools to extensive renovations and additions.
Among the possibilities are a new Airline High School and a new Benton High School.
The new Airline would carry a price tag of $53,000,000 plus an additional $10,000,000 for an athletic complex. The alternative for Airline would be an addition of 24 classrooms, a cafeteria expansion and other renovations for a total of just over $21,000,000.
A new Benton High School would cost just over $40,000,000 plus $10,000,000 for an athletic complex. Also being considered is building a new Benton Middle School at a cost of $20,000,000, moving Benton Elementary into the current Benton Middle School after adding a 12 classroom wing at a cost of $2,500,000. The alternative would be spending $16,000,000 for additions and renovations on all three Benton schools.
Other upgrades, additions and renovations that are on the table include:
- Apollo Elementary $6,819,179
- Bellaire Elementary $2,208,834
- Bossier Elementary $4,746,233
- Bossier High $8,601,330
- Butler Educational Complex $1,701,378
- Carrie Martin Elementary $3,324,053
- Central Park $3,249,607
- Greenacres Middle $9,216,840
- Haughton Middle $5,802,217
- Haughton High $16,377,093
- Kerr Elementary $2,767,968
- LA New Tech Plain Dealing $4,691,050
- Legacy Elementary $374,400
- Meadowview Elementary $3,467,454
- Parkway High $5,430,000
- Plantation Park $5,494,782
- Platt Elementary $2,365,620
- Princeton Elementary $4,115,652
- Rodes Elementary $2,010,578
- Rusheon Middle $4,168,727
- Stockwell Place $2,462,555
- Sun City Elementary $4,611,582
- W.T. Lewis Elementary $2,625,000
- Waller Elementary $3,290,139
Board member Jack Raley is pushing for the technical school, while Mike Mosura and Glen Bullard are very vocal in favor of a new Airline High School.
Board President Alison Brigham has the job of trying to keep everyone focused on the big picture.
That big picture, at this point, is that going with all necessary renovations and additions would cost just over $200,000,000, while the ‘full monty’ would be about $450,000,000.
The costs of two new high schools will force more talk of a consolidation of, at least, Airline and Benton High Schools.
The board will meet again next Thursday (November 17th) to begin to piece it together. Expect a bond issue next spring to finance whatever is decided.