New Vernon school will serve Fort Polk

FORT POLK (AP) — The Department of Defense is releasing more than $18 million to the Vernon Parish School Board for a school

that will serve military families at Fort Polk.

Sen. Mary Landrieu's office says the action

announced Tuesday will allow construction to begin on the $20 million

South Polk

Elementary School. The school will serve 800 students in first-

through fourth-grades. State and local governments are contributing

to $2 million to the cost.