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Construction begins on $21 million school near Fort Polk


LEESVILLE, Louisiana — Construction has begun on a $21 million elementary school designed to serve military children in Vernon Parish.

The American Press reported ( the new South Polk Elementary School will have a capacity of 1,000 students in first through fourth grades.

The Vernon Parish School Board plans to move students from the current South Polk Elementary near the Army base at Fort Polk to the new building on Louisiana Highway 467. Some students from North Polk Elementary also will transfer to the new school.

The federal Defense Department is providing $18 million from the Department of Defense for the project.

Principal Charlie Balthrop said the old school was built in 1978. He said he expects the new South Polk Elementary School will be a "jewel of the district."

The school was designed by the Alexandria-based architectural firm Yaegar, Watson and Associates. Primary contractor for the project is Tudor Inc. of Alexandria.

The new school is scheduled to open in fall 2016.

Information from: American Press,

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