- Associated Press - Saturday, May 10, 2014

LEESVILLE, La. (AP) - The Vernon Parish School Board will go ahead with bidding for construction of a school to replace South Polk Elementary.

Schools Superintendent Jackie Self told The American Press (http://bit.ly/1eOXZNb) that architects have completed plans for the school so the next step is to seek bids from contractors.

The $21 million South Polk Elementary School will replace the current campus on the grounds of Fort Polk.

Vernon Parish finance director Tim Ward says the new school will have a positive impact on the educational experience for students at Fort Polk.

“We will have more classrooms and bigger classrooms with more space for our current students,” Ward said.

The School Board received $18 million from the Defense Department of Defense to help build the school through a grant program designed for children of armed forces members.

Ward said the state committed $1 million to the project and another $2 million will come from the school district.

Bids will be accepted until June 11. The contractor is expected by chosen at a School Board meeting later in the month.

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Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com