Bid approved to demolish historic school
PORT ALLEN - School officials said a bid to demolish West Baton Rouge Parish's first predominantly black school from the days of segregation has been approved.
Superintendent Wesley Watts said a bid of $72,219 from ARC Abatement to demolish Cohn High was recently given the green light. The school board voted to accept the bid last week.
Watts said they hope to begin demolition this week, starting with asbestos removal and abatement.
Cohn High offered a secondary education to black children between 1949 and 1969. The West Baton Rouge Museum plans to salvage items from the historic buildings, and a marker will be erected after the school is torn down.