- Associated Press - Sunday, February 23, 2014

HOUMA, La. (AP) - The Terrebonne Parish School Board plans to try again to sell the former Houma Elementary School after no one bid on the site.

Superintendent of Schools Philip Martin said the system will again advertise for bids.

“If no one buys it this time around then I guess we’re still stuck with an old building,” he said.

The Courier reported (https://bit.ly/1kYq4rn) the site in downtown Houma is being used as office space for the district’s federal and special education services workers.

But because of asbestos concerns, the 80 employees working there will move to the former West Park Elementary School shortly.



West Park was one of the schools Terrebonne closed after the end of the 2012-13 school year.

Martin said the board advertised the Houma Elementary site for 60 days but no bids were submitted.

The structure was built in 1931 and the site’s estimated worth is about $1.9 million, according to Murphy Appraisal Services. All bids submitted must be 85 percent of the full appraisal.

An appraisal by Logan Babin Real Estate and Appraisals for the 3.43 acres of land was set at $882,000 but didn’t include the school building, which school officials initially felt was worthless.

Among its shortcomings is an unstable second floor that isn’t being used.

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

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