Terrebonne school officials begin planning for building a new Southdown Elementary School

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HOUMA, Louisiana — Terrebonne Parish school officials are planning to build a new Southdown Elementary School.

The Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1JeYs9u ) the school board this past week authorized Superintendent Philip Martin to look at financing, designing the building and where to move students during construction.

The parish school board expects to issue bonds to finance the work.

Built in 1951, Southdown is historically known as the parish's only black public high school, but it became a middle school and an elementary school in the years following segregation.

The school has been besieged over the years with significant structural issues ranging from the slab, air conditioning, plumbing, infrastructure, thinning walls and rusted pipes due to a lack of long-term upkeep.

A new building is expected to cost between $13 million and $17 million.

Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com

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