Report says EBR Schools are outdated

Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 1:04pm

A new report shows schools in Baton Rouge need big time repairs, costing hundreds of millions of dollars.

According to the US Education Department, the report says EBR schools need more than $61 million to bring classrooms up-to-date, and more than $600 million to pay for maintenance that's been put off.

Under President Obama's American Jobs Act, Louisiana could get more than $500 million to help with the problems in EBR and the rest of the state. It's part of $30 billion to help schools all across the country.

NBC33 News reached out the East Baton Rouge Parish School system for a comment, and they say both numbers in the report, the $60 million and $600 million, are from a 2008 needs assessment study.

Chris Trahan, a spokesperson for the school district, says schools do in fact need more than $650 million to get up-to-date.

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