Buzz is being created in Lafayette Parish over the idea of a new high school to be built to accommodate the southern part of the parish.

Lafayette Parish School System staff, business leaders and at-large community members met with two architecture firms to begin a process of brainstorming and planning for the school that will be the first parish high school to be erected since Acadiana High was built in 1968.

The group met Thursday and Friday to discuss what aspects of the new facility will be conducive to teaching and learning in the 21st Century, as well as, which will serve as a hub for "building community partnerships."

The meetings that, according to school district spokesman Randy Bernard, are garnering enthusiasm for the project, will resume Monday.

"Consensus among the group is starting to build," said Eric Crozier, principal architect at Lafayette's Abell, Crozier, Davis Architects. "When that happens, people begin to get excited."

One parent involved in the process thus far, Courtney DiBetta also serves as a Parent-Teacher Association member in Lafayette Parish.

"I am honored to be able to give input on a project of this size that will have such a profound impact on the community," she said.

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