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East Baton Rouge School Board agrees to merge 5 academies

4 years 9 months 6 days ago Friday, April 17 2015 Apr 17, 2015 April 17, 2015 9:20 AM April 17, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

BATON ROUGE - Five small alternative schools in Baton Rouge will be merged into just three when the 2015-16 school year starts in August.

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board's vote in favor of the merger Thursday was unanimous. The estimated annual savings is as much as $3.6 million.

And, at the urging of historic preservationists, school officials put on hold a recommendation to demolish one of those school buildings: the 90-year-old former Wyandotte Elementary.

Superintendent Bernard Taylor originally proposed demolishing Wyandotte, which was built in 1925, but the board put that idea on hold two weeks ago after receiving a last-minute appeal from the Foundation for Historical Louisiana.

Taylor says the board could tear down the building or declare the property surplus and sell it to someone.

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