Some high schools in Lafayette Parish will soon see upgrades. This week the school system approved bond money to go towards athletic upgrades at five schools.
The school board has approved $500,000 that will go towards upgrades at Comeaux, Carencro, Northside, Acadiana and Lafayette high schools.
Acadiana High School has recently received air conditioners in their gym. Basketball players say they’re appreciative of the new addition to the gym.
“Over the summer it was hot and humid in here,” basketball player Corey Tolliver said. “It’s not as bad. We’re not as hot all the time.”
Principal David LeJeune says the upgrades will benefit the community as well.
“It gives us a venue now to host events that we couldn’t host. We always had to go off campus. Now we get to host these events on campus,” LeJeune says.
They’ll also be addressing the lockers, weight rooms and fields for other sports as well.
“We have a long list of projects,” LeJeune said.
School board officials say priorities have always been classrooms. However, they also saw needs in athletics, such as renovations and bleacher replacements for some schools.
The board plans to meet with school officials to prioritize what they need.
“We travel to a lot of places that are nice and our kids see how nice these other places are,” LeJeune said. “They ask me all the time why our facilities can’t look like other facilities. Now they’ve kind of got the ball rolling a bit with helping improve our facility. It’s going to be a pride thing for our kids and community also.”