The Orleans Parish (La.) School Board has approved a facilities master plan that calls for the largest school construction effort in the city's history. The plan envisions the district spending nearly $700 million on 30 campuses in the first phase, which wraps up about 2013. The blueprint calls for about $1.3 billion more in construction and renovations during the future phases, for which officials still have to find money. In addition, 46 campuses could be "land banked, " which means demolished, sold, redeveloped or reopened as schools in the future. When the plan is completed, the district would have about 87 elementary and high schools instead of 120.To read The New Orleans Times-Picayune article, click here.