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|Franklin Parish High School – Asbestos being removed; new bids under review|
Work is progressing to rid Franklin Parish High School of asbestos, even as school board officials review bids to give the school a face lift.
Franklin Parish Schools Superintendent Lanny Johnson said the asbestos abatement program was making significant progress and he expected that work to be completed soon.
Also, school board officials reviewed a second round of bids Tuesday for construction projects at the school.
"We already bid it once but it was about $4 million over," Johnson said. "So we've had to take some things out and rebid it. Soaring building prices have just gone crazy."
Among the proposed improvements at Franklin Parish High School are new flooring and lighting, some electrical work and additional classrooms.
Johnson said the facelift would not only focus on the school's interior spaces, but would include at least some work to the outside as well.
"We're putting in a new drive on the west side of the school to separate cars from busses," Johnson said.
The asbestos removal and construction projects at the school are being funded by a 14-mil property tax and a half-cent sales tax, passed specifically for construction projects in Franklin Parish schools.
Johnson said approximately $3 million of the $12 million generated from the taxes would be spent at FPHS.
The remaining $9 million will be spread through six other schools in the system, Johnson said.
Though officials had allotted that money, Johnson said he did not know when work could begin because the project has already been hit once with soaring construction prices.
"The bids will be in today," Johnson said. "We just don't know what the bids will be."
If the bids fall within the budgeted funds, Johnson said the project will take approximately 12months to complete.