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School Board approves purchase of property in Walker for future expansion of Walker High School

School Board approves purchase of property in Walker for future expansion of Walker High School
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POSTED: Monday, November 25, 2013 - 2:02pm

UPDATED: Monday, November 25, 2013 - 2:15pm

The Livingston Parish School Board on Thursday Nov. 21 approved a request by School Board Member Jimmy Watson to purchase 1.69 acres of property adjacent to Walker High School in anticipation of a future expansion of the campus.

Watson said the property will be purchased for $630,000 from monies that have been saved in the Walker School District fund. He said the property is located south of the campus and fronts Highway 190. It is currently occupied by a residential trailer park, which he said would be vacated of all renters within 60 days following the closing on the property.

This is the second property purchase approved by the school board in anticipation of expanding the Walker High School campus, Watson said. A section of 2.25 acres bordering school property on the east and facing Palmetto Street was approved for purchase at $346,000 last month.

Watson said a single residence is located on that property. He said the house will be vacated within 90 days of the closing, and then the school system will seek to sell and move the house from the property.

Watson said he anticipates the two purchases to close within the next month.

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