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Port Allen school to be demolished, remembered

1 year ago July 28, 2014 Jul 28, 2014 Monday, July 28 2014 Monday, July 28, 2014 5:02:16 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rob Krieger

PORT ALLEN - The old building that once housed Cohn High School students will soon vanish, once the West Baton Rouge School Board lands a crew to demolish the crumbling facility.

The buildings are filled with asbestos, mold and termites and must come down, but some alumni aren't ready to see it go.

"There's a lot of memories in here all the people that went to Cohn High, I don't think the school should just disintegrate like that," said Wendell Hamilton, an alumni of the school.

The West Baton Rouge School Board plans to put up a memorial marker for the school and will allow alumni to take part in future building decisions.

"I would rather restore it, but in time, sometimes you have to give up on some of the things you have for modernization, you can't keep holding onto the same things, you have to move on," said Leon Goudeau, a School Board member and alumni of Cohn.

Goudeau hoped to have the buildings demolished, before school begins for Cohn Elementary students next door, but that likely won't happen. They're currently seeking bids for the work.

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