Jefferson Parish School Board (La.) votes to revive plan to build arts wing for Lincoln Elementary

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

A long-standing plan to add an arts wing to Lincoln Elementary in Marrero was revived by the Jefferson Parish School Board on Tuesday after lying dormant for a year. The plan narrowly passed in a 5-4 vote.

The arts wing idea has been a pet project of School Board member Cedric Floyd since 2008.

When the current board took office in 2010, the project was revived, then tabled for several reasons; most recently, new board members said there was not enough money to fund an extra wing. The school was badly damaged during Hurricane Katrina and has since been rebuilt, but without the arts building. The construction cost the school district $16.4 million; the extra wing would have raised the price to about $18 million.

On Tuesday, members Mike Delesdernier, Larry Dale, Mark Jacobs and Pat Tovrea voted against funding the wing, which will cost the system an estimated $2.1 million. Members Etta Licciardi, Mark Morgan, Sandy Denapolis-Bosarge, Ray St. Pierre and Cedric Floyd supported the project. The board will still have to vote on a building plan once school officials bid out the project again.

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