The Lafayette Parish (La.) school board has voted to build its first new high school in 45 years.
KATC-TV reports that the district will construct a high school on a 600-acre site it owns near Youngsville. The location is one of the fastest-growing area in the parish. The new high school is expected to cost $65 million and accommodate up to 1,750 students.
The district has an enrollment of more than 30,000, and has five traditional high schools, as well as a STEM Magnet Academy, an Early College Academy and a Preparatory School. Since the last high schools were built the population in Lafayette Parish has more than doubled from 112,093 in 1970 to 221,578 in 2010.
Video from KATC-TV