Sulphur stadium should be redone by 2015 football season

By By Lance Traweek / American Press

Officials are expecting to have a new stadium at Sulphur High School by the 2015 football season after voters on Saturday

approved $8 million worth of 20-year bonds to finance the work.

Calcasieu Parish School Board member

Joe Andrepont said this “big victory” will go toward the betterment of

the Sulphur community,

considering the last major improvements to the existing stadium

was nearly 45 years ago.

A series of meetings to draw up the official plans will begin after the school board ratifies the election results in December.

The item was passed by a vote of 1,686-796, or 68 percent in favor, with a 12 percent voter turnout. The proposition failed

in May by two votes with a 6 percent voter turnout.

“We were pleased with the turnout this

time,” Andrepont said. “It was twice the turnout. We really made an

effort to remind

voters in Bond District 30 to get out early and vote. They

responded, and we were averaging over 100 voters a day for early

voting.”

Andrepont also wanted to thank Friends of Sulphur High School who raised money to promote the bond issue.

“The taxpayers and voters recognized that we needed a new stadium,” he said.

The improvements will include the

demolition and rebuilding of the home and visitor grandstands. Rest

rooms will also be renovated

and expanded.

Other general renovations will include the fire alarm system as well as the sound system and fencing around the stadium.

By voting to allow the school district to issue the bonds, voters also approved a 1.87-mill property tax that will be used

to pay for the bonds.

Voters rejected levying a 10-year,

5-mill tax in School District 34 with a vote of 742-697, or 48 percent

in favor and 52

percent against, with a 5.6 percent voter turnout. The school

maintenance tax would have been used for Barbe Elementary, Barbe

High, College Oaks Elementary, Dolby Elementary, Nelson

Elementary, Prien Lake Elementary, St. John Elementary and S.J. Welsh

Middle.

Improvements for the schools would have included the acquisition of equipment and furnishings, as well as building improvements.