OBERLIN — The Allen Parish School Board voted Monday to issue bonds and incur debt for a $9.2 million school renovation and improvement project for three Kinder schools.
The project, which calls for renovations, improvements and new facilities at Kinder elementary, middle and high schools, was approved by voters in December 2018.
Superintendent Michael Doucet said the project will include two separate sets of bids with the first bids expected to be let later this month with work underway by the summer.
The first phase of the project is slated to include a new gym and renovations at Kinder High School.
Plans for the high school include construction of a new gym, removal of asbestos, installation of new windows and air conditioning upgrades. The new gym will include new restrooms and concession stands which will be used during football and basketball games.
Improvements are also proposed for the band and music rooms at the elementary and middle school campus and school security upgrades for all schools.
An old cannery plant used to house pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students will be demolished to make way for a new pre-K and kindergarten wing at the elementary school, he said.
Other plans into enlarging the cafeteria at the elementary and middle school. Plans for the cafeteria also include new, larger freezers and coolers to store food.
Doucet also gave a report on the rebuilding project at Oakdale Elementary School which is nearing completion.
Top coat sealer on floors in hallways are in progress and classroom floors have been completed. Plumbing and powering of kitchen equipment is also underway, he said.
Some work remains to be completed on the roof, millwork and aluminum storefront glass.
“Plans are to allow teachers to start transferring their classroom materials to the new classrooms on May 22-24,” he said. “That will be the most effective way of getting all their materials to their rooms without losing anything.”
Teachers and their families will move classroom materials and personal belongings to the new school during that time, he said.
The school will allow one day of moving for each class with students staying home on those days, he said.
School Board maintenance personnel and other employees will offer help in moving larger items including furniture.
The school was heavily damaged by fire in May 2017.