School board buys land for improvements
WALKER - The Livingston Parish School Board is buying land behind Walker High School for a future expansion of the campus.
The land currently occupies a mobile home park with about 13 mobile homes. After the $630,000 deal is complete tenants will have 60 days to vacate.
Some residents are concerned they won't be able to relocate in time.
"Where is everybody going to go? 60 days is not enough," said Tammy Stewart, who's lived in the mobile home park for about six months.
"I like it. I don't want to leave," she said. "But now since (the owner's) selling it, everybody is going to go."
The school board doesn't have any plans for the property just yet, but wants to secure the land for future growth and development.
"Walker High is growing. The Walker community itself is growing pretty rapidly and the need is there," said Superintendent John Watson.
The last time the school expanded was back in 1997. Within the last five years the school has seen a 500 student increase.
"With the growth that's happening not only in the high school but our elementary and junior high, the expansion there is going to be needed to update and provide more opportunities for our students," said Watson.
An opportunity that will ultimately force several people to relocate.
"It's going to go for a good cause, for the school, a lot of people got to be gone. You got people here all these years," said resident, Rodney Delatte.
The board plans to close the deal by the end of the month.