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Vernon School Board to open bidding process for new school

Last Modified: Wednesday, May 07, 2014 5:41 PM

By Lauren Manary / American Press

LEESVILLE — The Vernon Parish School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to open the bidding process for the construction of a school to replace South Polk Elementary.

“We’ve been working on a project to build a funding source to build a new school for South Polk Elementary,” Superintendent Jackie Self said. “That has come to fruition today. The architect has completed the plan, and we are ready to bid that project.”

The new $21 million South Polk Elementary School will replace the current campus, which sits on Fort Polk, and will move students from the main post gates to next to the Veterans Affairs clinic on La. 467. All first-grade students, including North Polk students, will attend the new campus.

Vernon Parish Finance Director Tim Ward said the new South Polk Elementary will be a step up toward educating Fort Polk students.

“It’s going to be a new school, and it’s going to be a more modern school than we have now,” he said. “We will have more classrooms and bigger classrooms with more space for our current students.”

The School Board received $18 million from the U.S. Department of Defense for the construction of the school, as part of more than $129 million granted to schools that serve service members’ children.

Ward said the state committed $1 million to the project and that $2 million will be funded by the district’s general fund.

Bids for the project will be accepted until June 11 at the Central Office on Belview Road in Leesville. Bids will be unsealed and read at the June board meeting, where officials will choose a contractor.

The School Board also announced its plan to ask Ward 7 voters to approve a 10-year, $1.2 million bond issue to provide for sidewalks, land acquisition and improvement, playgrounds, and the improvement of buildings and facilities.

The bond issue would fund both Rosepine Elementary and its high school efforts. Ward said the money could be used for new buildings and renovations to existing buildings. He said the School Board is considering a new track for the high school, and may buy land adjacent to the school properties.

Posted By: NC On: 5/8/2014

Title: Track

A track for Rosepine High School would be awesome! Land acquisition for a possible middle school for Rosepine is also great! I hope the bond issue passes so that we can make much needed improvements to our schools!

Posted By: lgj On: 5/8/2014

Title: Questions

Approximately how many students will the school be built to hold? How many 1st grade students do they have now? Would it be possible to have all the Pre-K and Kindergarten students attend this school as well?

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