Terrebonne to pay $1.4 million for site to expand athletic fields at high school

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HOUMA, Louisiana — The Terrebonne Parish School Board plans to spend $1.4 million to buy 40 acres next to South Terrebonne High School.

Board officials told The Courier (http://bit.ly/1w6Erg1) the property will be used for athletic fields and perhaps other functions. No timetable has been set for construction.

"This is very valuable and select property," schools Superintendent Philip Martin said.

The site just northeast of the school would cost $35,000 per acre.

The board plans to pay for the property using $1.5 million left over from the $10 million H.L. Bourgeois Freshman Center project completed in 2013. That project was paid for with revenue from a 1-cent sales tax.

H.L. Bourgeois and Ellender high schools each have acreage next to their sites to permit possible expansion, Martin told School Board members.

"South Terrebonne has its athletic fields in its front yard, but there's no other place for it to be," he said. "This will allow for an immediate impact for the school, but the land adjacent to our high school provides many possibilities for future expansion as needed by the school district."

The property became available earlier this year, Martin said.

Along with the athletic facilities, the school has discussed allotting space for facilities for the school's marching band.

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

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