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Second alternative school created to prepare for traffic increase

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Big repair work coming to the I-210 bridge will create nightmare traffic and has forced the Calcasieu Parish School Board to make some changes. 

"The location was great, the space was great and we were able to go in and make a few adjustments so that we could use the campus," said Administrative Director of Alternative Programs and Special Services Betty Washington.  

That campus is former elementary school D.S. Perkins, and it's now a second alternative school for students in west Calcasieu Parish. 

"We are able to maximize their instruction," said Washington, "We're able to accommodate their needs because their needs differ slightly from the needs of the students at CPAS East."

Washington says one of biggest decisions in creating CPAS West has to do with the commute.

"Now we're saving about at least an hour to an hour and a half in transportation," she said. 

Wesley Jones is the site coordinator at CPAS West and believes it will be a great benefit for students.

"The parents who have students that are sent to use from Starks, or Vinton, or Dequincy. They don't have to have that hour and half, two hour bus ride across the bridge, across the river to get stuck in traffic everyday," said Jones.

With construction coming to the I-210 bridge soon, the traffic will only get worse making the commute longer for students, so this new school is something Jones says many are grateful for. 

"I do hear them say that all the time, I didn't have to get on the bus at six o'clock this morning or get home at five or six o'clock this evening," said Jones.

With only a third of the building being used, Washington sees enrollment increasing and the parish is already working on plans to increase the space and bring in more teachers. 

"We anticipate by the end of the year to be close to 100 or more students," said Washington.

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