The St. Charles Parish School Board will ask residents to approve up to $42 million in bonds at a special election this spring.

According to the resolution, funds from the bonds would be used to improve existing buildings and playgrounds and purchase or construct new buildings.

St. Charles Parish Public Schools spokesperson Stevie Crovetto said that, tentatively, the improvements would focus on areas of safety and security. This would include a new parishwide visitor management system, updated security cameras and physical upgrades such as fencing.

Crovetto said preliminary plans also call for the construction of a performing arts center.

The School Board will likely release detailed plans for the $42 million at its next meeting on Feb. 11, according to Crovetto.

Wording in the resolution specified “no estimated” rise in property tax rates in the first year as a result of the bonds.

Voters approved $45 million in school bonds in 2012 that was most recently used to begin construction of a $2.75 million addition to Luling Elementary. Prior to that, the school district completed renovations at Carver Early Learning Center and built wings at Hanhnville High School and Destrehan High School.

The resolution, which set a May 2 date for the special election, passed the board unanimously.

Terms of the bonds are that they not exceed 20 years, and be limited to interest rates below 8 percent.

Courtesy: heraldguide.com