The project to build an access road for student drop-off at a Lake Charles elementary school will continue but it will cost much more than expected.
The Calcasieu Parish School Board approved an additional $231,000 for the project at Prien Lake Elementary School. The total cost of the road, and a canopy covering a walkway, has risen to more than $640,000, which is more than twice the original bid.
The contractor said more money is needed because of three things - the dirt at Prien Lake Elementary isn't suitable to build a road on, several trees need to be removed and Department of Transportation added more requirements.
A representative for local teachers said the money could be better spent elsewhere.
"I don't see how a road has any academic value to students. I think that money approaching $700,000 could be better spent in making improvements to the buildings our students are in and their academic needs," said Vicky Johnston, president of the Calcasieu Association of Educators.