Historic French Settlement school building getting new roof
FRENCH SETTLEMENT - A school building at French Settlement High School in Livingston Parish with a rich history is set for a new roof.
Despite the building's flaws, people in the French Settlement community hold it close to their hearts. School librarian Connie McNabb went to school at French Settlement in the late 50s and has worked there the past 37 years. She says bad weather is threatening the interior of the school building.
"You know their materials get wet, their books get wet. It cost money, so we're spending money needlessly on things that are getting damaged...computers, books, equipment," she said.
Many others in the area like school board member Jim Richardson know the importance of keeping the 87-year-old building in shape.
"It's a centerpiece of the whole community, and the opportunity to preserve it is important and of course practicality," he said. "If we were to have to rebuild or build a new building to be anywhere close to what we have here would probably cost us 4 to 5 million dollars."
Instead, the school system will spend $105,000 to put on a new roof to keep water out of newly renovated classrooms.
"We have actually been refurbishing the building for a while, and it has some beautiful wood in it and it's just beautiful interior. Without a good roof on it we're going to be back to square one," said Richardson.
"It's exciting to think that you know we don't have to worry about hurricanes coming through and messing up our rooms anymore," said McNabb. "We would always worry about what the room would look like when we came back, because we knew that it would be damaged inside."
The work on the new roof will begin this summer and should be ready for the new school year in the fall.