The Ouachita Parish School Board agreed to spend some $200,000 on Tuesday for five lots of property near West Monroe High School in the event that the high school needs space to expand.

During the School Board’s regular meeting, School Board member Tommy Comeaux recommended the board buy the five lots, including two lots across from the high school’s main office as well as three lots near the former Edgewood church property.

“I think it would be smart to buy what we can because we are landlocked,” Comeaux said.

School Board member Scott Robinson offered the motion to buy the property, and School Board President Jerry Hicks seconded the motion.

Robinson and Superintendent Don Coker said some of the landowners verbally indicated their willingness to sell.

“We’re negotiating now,” Comeaux said.

According to Comeaux, the lots would be bought as soon as negotiations were completed.

“As quickly as possible,” he said.

Meanwhile, Coker informed the School Board that Scottie Nugent, the school system’s maintenance supervisor, was conducting a survey of roofs on every building owned by the parish school system.

“We’ve looked at half of the schools,” Nugent said. “Ouachita High School happens to be the worst one on the list.”

According to Coker, the list could help the School Board prepare a long-term plan for repairing or replacing roofs.

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